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Bitcoin: How An Unregulated, Decentralized Virtual Currency Just Became A Billion Dollar Market

Bitcoin: How An Unregulated, Decentralized Virtual Currency Just Became A Billion Dollar Market | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Hang around in the tech industry long enough and you or someone you know will be heard saying, "that's so crazy it just might work." Two years ago, if you'd have told me that an open-source, P2P currency would soon be a thriving, billion-dollar...
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Solutionstar Announces Closing of Title365 Acquisition

Solutionstar Announces Closing of Title365 Acquisition | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Solutionstar Holdings LLC, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc.NSM, +3.30% (“Nationstar”), announced today that it has closed the acquisition of Experience 1, Inc., the holding company for Title365, Trusted Signing and technology subsidiaries X1 Labs and X1 Xpress (collectively, “Title365”).

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Google Handed Stacks of WikiLeaks Email Straight to the FBI in 2012

Google Handed Stacks of WikiLeaks Email Straight to the FBI in 2012 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
WikiLeaks is demanding explanations, after it's come to light that Google gave the FBI emails and digital data belonging to three WikiLeaks staff members when warrants were served in March 2012.
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WikiLeaks complaining about unauthorized release of data.

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ListHub Releases Details, Terms of Listing Deal Proposed to Zillow

ListHub Releases Details, Terms of Listing Deal Proposed to Zillow | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

In the wake of the news earlier this month that ListHub will be sunsetting its listing agreement with Zillow in April, ListHub released a letter to its customers and key constituents Monday that went into far more detail regarding its position than the company has previously shared.

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If Desktop Traffic Seems Suspicious, It Probably Is

If Desktop Traffic Seems Suspicious, It Probably Is | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Desktops are a problem area when it comes to suspicious traffic. According to recent research, the majority of desktop traffic in the US is now suspicious, and bots are also expanding their reach. However, mobile is less susceptible to such activity. In fact, suspicious activity for mobile ads served in the US, as well as bot traffic, is down.
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As Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar count patents, warning signs ahead

As Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar count patents, warning signs ahead | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Government regulators and the taxi industry can’t stop Uber — but maybe a patent can. At least that’s the hope of Sidecar, a small rival of Uber whose founder obtained a patent related to mobile ride hailing way in 2002, and who claims he thought up today’s version of the industry way back in the 1990s. Meanwhile, Uber…
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The Charm Of San Francisco Decades Before The Dot-Coms Invaded

The Charm Of San Francisco Decades Before The Dot-Coms Invaded | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Shortly after the end of World War II, photographer Fred Lyon took what he thought would be a quick visit to his hometown of San Francisco. He'd been working in New York City as a fashion photographer following his Navy Press service shooting news in Washington, D.C. Lyon's trip west soon stretched into months:

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One of the Nation's Largest Multiple Listing Services, Metropolitan Regional Information Systems, Inc., Votes to Establish Direct Listings Feed to Zillow

One of the Nation's Largest Multiple Listing Services, Metropolitan Regional Information Systems, Inc., Votes to Establish Direct Listings Feed to Zillow | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

"Our brokers retain complete control over their listings and the opportunity to market them as they see fit," said David Charron, president and CEO of MRIS. "Zillow offers reporting data and other services we believe will help our members be more successful, including highlighting the listing agent on every listing and a dedicated customer service team."

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Special report: How to deliver technology agents need

Special report: How to deliver technology agents need | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Despite what some may think, agents are not a tech-phobic bunch, and more than half of agents who completed an Inman survey ticked off nearly a dozen tech tools they use in their business, with the multiple listing service topping the list, followed closely by an agent website, smartphone or tablet, electronic forms and signatures, and a comparative market analysis (CMA) tool.
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Real Estate Technology Leader Clareity Security Closes Capital Investment in Housefax

Real Estate Technology Leader Clareity Security Closes Capital Investment in Housefax | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Clareity Security LLC, the leading provider of MLS subscriber authentication, Single-Sign-ON (SSO) security, direct data connections and e-commerce solutions for the Real Estate industry, today announced a strategic alliance with Housefax, a leader in residential property history information and reports.  As part of the agreement, Clareity is making a capital investment in Housefax and Clareity CEO and founder, Gregg Larson, will be appointed to the Housefax Board of Directors.

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Move Announces New Executive Roles to Strengthen Association Relationships

Move Announces New Executive Roles to Strengthen Association Relationships | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Having spent three years as the CEO of a state REALTOR® association, I know first-hand how important and influential state and local associations are in helping members navigate their businesses. For that reason, I am pleased to announce the appointments of veteran industry executives Mark Allen and Don Flynn to key leadership roles within the Move, Inc. industry relations organization.

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Ocwen sued by investors for mortgage payment negligence

Ocwen sued by investors for mortgage payment negligence | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Some of the country’s biggest mortgage bond investors, reportedly including BlackRock, MetLife, and Pimco, are preparing to sue Ocwen, saying that the beleaguered nonbank failed to properly collect payments on $82 billion of home loans.
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Preprinted real estate contracts could get you fined

Preprinted real estate contracts could get you fined | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Preprinting the names of third-party service providers onto your real estate contracts when your brokerage has a professional affiliation with that provider is a surefire way to attract the attention of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). And when it shines a spotlight, the revelations can be costly.

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Calif December pending sales and Market Pulse

Calif December pending sales and Market Pulse | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Pending home sales posted higher on a year-over-year basis for the first time since January 2013 and as expected, declined from the previous month due primarily to a seasonal slowdown toward th

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Chip McAvoy Joins Black Knight’s MLS Division as Vice President of Emerging Products and Technology 

Chip McAvoy Joins Black Knight’s MLS Division as Vice President of Emerging Products and Technology  | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Today, the Data and Analytics division of Black Knight Financial Services announced that industry veteran Chip McAvoy has joined its organization as vice president of Emerging Products and Technology. In his new role, McAvoy will support Black Knight’s current MLS offerings, including Paragon MLS, as well as develop and deliver additional products and services to expand Black Knight’s offerings to the real estate industry. 

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Broadband Providers Say Consumers Don't Need Speeds Of 25 Mbps

Broadband Providers Say Consumers Don't Need Speeds Of 25 Mbps | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
FCC is poised to re-define broadband as speeds of at least 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream - a significant increase. The National Cable & Telecommunications Association is opposed to the ove.
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United Wholesale Mortgage launches own Loan Origination System (LOS)

United Wholesale Mortgage launches own Loan Origination System (LOS) | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
As one of the reported top wholesale lenders in the industry, United Wholesale Mortgage took on the challenge of releasing its own loan origination system. The result takes into account standard elements, along with new unique features.
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OnTheMarket Launching Monday – A Prediction for its Future

OnTheMarket Launching Monday – A Prediction for its Future | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The new site is polarizing the industry through its contentious approach of forcing agents to only advertise on only one other portal. The question is will this approach cement OTM as a leading portal in the UK market or will normal service eventually resume with Rightmove and Zoopla dominating.
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Could it happen here?

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E-signatures less trusted than handwritten signatures

E-signatures less trusted than handwritten signatures | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Now you don't even have to live in Estonia to open a business there. A new program lets people purchase e-signatures that enable them to open bank accounts and run a domestic business without being physically present. But according to new research, people may not have the same trust in such businesses as they would others. The work finds that people are much more likely to discount the validity of an e-signature than a hand-signed document.

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Top 7 Things Nobody Will Miss When The Internet Disappears

Top 7 Things Nobody Will Miss When The Internet Disappears | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Internet will fade into the background, says Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google. Yes, it will just vanish, like Amelia Earhart or state anti-gay marriage bans or NBC's "Bad Judge." Poof.
Up in smoke. Now there will be things I'll miss, but there are other things that the Internet has perpetrated that we can simply do without.
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Black Knight: Home prices barely tick higher

Black Knight: Home prices barely tick higher | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Although home prices barely nudged, top performing states continued to hold on strong as Texas and Florida dominated the top-performing metros list.
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New York Times baking editorial content into real estate search

New York Times baking editorial content into real estate search | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The New York Times will integrate editorial content including neighborhood videos and written pieces into its real estate search platform to help homebuyers get a better sense of what it might be like to live in different areas of the city.
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Box's long road to Wall Street is finally over. Now comes the hard part.

Box's long road to Wall Street is finally over. Now comes the hard part. | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Box priced its stock at $14 a share on Thursday night, raising $175 million from the public offering and valuing the cloud storage company at about $1.6 billion. The stock, trading under the ticker $BOX, opened at $20.20 a share on Friday, up more than 40% over its IPO price, giving the company a market cap of about $2.5 billion

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Amazon to start collecting Illinois sales tax

Amazon to start collecting Illinois sales tax | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Amazon.com will start collecting sales tax from Illinois shoppers Feb. 1, the e-commerce giant said Friday, in compliance with a new state law that aims to treat online and brick-and-mortar retailers equally.
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NAR-Existing-Home Sales Rebound in December, 2014 Total Sales Finish 3 Percent Below 2013

NAR-Existing-Home Sales Rebound in December, 2014 Total Sales Finish 3 Percent Below 2013 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Despite low inventory conditions, existing-home sales bounced back in December and climbed above an annual pace of 5 million sales for the sixth time in seven months.
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National broker portal initiative raising seed money

National broker portal initiative raising seed money | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A group of multiple listing services, franchisors and brokers is on the hunt for seed money to build the first national MLS consumer-facing listing portal, an initiative that is being called the "National Broker Portal Project."
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