The Pending Home Sales Index,* a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, increased 3.4 percent to 112.4 in April from a slight upward revision of 108.7 in March and is now 14.0 percent above April 2014 (98.6) — the largest annual increase since September 2012 (15.1 percent). The index has now increased year-over-year for eight consecutive months and is at its highest level since May 2006 (112.5).
In all seriousness, the point of this was, of course, that many marketers these days are a bit obsessed – to put it mildly – with how to reach this new generation. One that is coming of age, entering the workforce and rapidly changing consumer dynamics as we know them.
Unsold housing inventory remains a drag on sales activity, representing only 5.3 months at the current sales pace, still low on a historical basis. The average 30-year, conventional, fixed-rate mortgage, meanwhile, fell 10 basis points in the month to 3.67% as rates remain historically low and supportive of activity.
We foresee pent-up demand, rising incomes, and solid underlying fundamentals supporting a gradual housing recovery this year.
We’ve been helping users discover relevant content from Android apps in Google search results for a while now. Starting today, we’re bringing App Indexing to iOS apps as well. This means users on both Android and iOS will be able to open mobile app content straight from Google Search.
Ocwen Financial (OCN) announced Wednesday that after conducting a “strategic review” of its operations, the company is shutting down its residential mortgage servicing operations at its facility in Houston.
With interest rates and home prices expected to climb in the next year, the financial penalties of delaying or forgoing a home purchase in today's market have become very steep, according to the inaugural Opportunity Cost Report released today by realtor.com®,
"For most of us, our smartphones are essential," GM CEO Mary Barra said in a statement. "Partnering with Apple and Google to offer CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility across the widest range of models in the industry is a great example of how Chevrolet continues to democratize technology that's important to our customers."
NAHB senior vice president Sharon Dworkin Bell spoke about this and other compelling data about Baby Boomers at Epcon's annual conference of Franchise Builders in Columbus, Ohio. She pointed out that Metrostudy research predicts that people 55+ will buy more than half of the new homes sold in the next five years.
To help make us more alert, our bodies produce cortisol (also known as the stress hormone) according to our natural circadian rhythms. Cortisol production is at its peak roughly four times during the day: for the hour after you wake up, between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., between noon and 1 p.m., and between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m
"Consumers need to demand, at a minimum, clear information about what exactly the collected information will be used for," said Irina Raicu, director of Internet ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University in an email. "The broader privacy concern is that information collected from various [wearable] sources is increasingly being combined to create profiles from individual users and draw inferences about their future actions, preferences, etc."
The biggest focus was given to Android M, the new-generation version of Android, which is aimed at making the mobile operating system easier to use. Android M will also include Android Pay, the new digital wallet, and a whole bunch of improvements to app user permissions and privacy.
Initially used as a method for marketing and selling distressed assets, online auctions are now used globally as a safe, effective and efficient method for getting deals done, according to Auction.com users who spoke about the advantages of using the website for buying and selling non-distressed assets.
Starting now, goo.gl short links function as a single link you can use to all your content — whether that content is in your Android app, iOS app, or website. Once you’ve taken the necessary steps to set up App Indexing for Android and iOS, goo.gl URLs will send users straight to the right page in your app if they have it installed, and everyone else to your website. This will provide additional opportunities for your app users to re-engage with your app.
A nasty new iPhone bug is making the rounds, and it involves a string of characters that, when sent in a message, crashes the recipient's phone.
We first heard about the issue on 9to5Mac, and it apparently affects only iPhone-to-iPhone communication. After receiving a text with the particular string of characters, Messages will reportedly crash repeatedly. It can also force iPhones to reboot in some circumstances.
Should you keep track of the people who say you're going to fail, who actively work against you, who troll your best work? Should you try to win over the haters and those that so cruelly root against you?
Shares of Broadcom (BRCM - Get Report) surged Wednesday afternoon following a report from The Wall Street Journal that Avago Technologies (AVGO - Get Report), another chip company, is interested in acquiring the Irvine, Calif.-based chipmaker.
Decades ago, while selling clients their first business computer systems, I learned a valuable lesson: Software is only as good as the data that’s entered. Inept or disengaged data entry staff could disrupt the entire system. There was a phrase used in our office -- "With bad data, technology just speeds up the mess."
A person living in a city may see up to 5,000 advertisements a day, even in their office elevators or inside a taxi cab. Now one startup wants to help turn our quiet, residential blocks into advertising space too.
Yard Club, which is backed by Caterpillar, allows construction crews to add a bulldozer or backhoe for the day, for instance, if necessary. The app charges a transaction fee for making the match between owner and renter, providing a standard agreement and ensuring both sides are insured. And both sides of the transaction even rate the other based on their experience.
All good visual artists understand the importance of negative space, the empty area that draws attention to, and accentuates, the actual subject. Negative space (the artistic equivalent of a designer’s white space) is like the supporting cast whose duty is to make the star of the show stand out more by not standing out so much themselves.
First American Financial (FAF), a provider of title insurance, settlement services and risk solutions for real estate transactions, announced the launch of a new property research website, which the company said is “built to be the fastest, most comprehensive and easiest to use property research solution on the market.”
Bluetooth is everywhere these days—from your Android Wear smartwatch and fitness tracker, to the iPhone in your pocket. Thanks to the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) profile, they can connect to each other easily without draining your battery power.
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