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Square And PayPal Push The iPad-ification Of America's Small Businesses

Square And PayPal Push The iPad-ification Of America's Small Businesses | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Leading the charge in this changing business landscape are companies like Square, PayPal, LevelUp, Intuit, Groupon, Revel and a variety of others. The task these companies have taken on is no easy challenge – each aims to redefine the point of sale and replace one of the most common items for Main Street business: the cash register.

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S&P reportedly close to massive mortgage-bond rating settlement

S&P reportedly close to massive mortgage-bond rating settlement | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Standard & Poor’s is reportedly closing in on a $1.37 billion settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice and more than a dozen states over claims that S&P knowingly misled investors by issuing trumped up ratings for pre-crisis residential mortgage-backed securities.
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Google Fiber coming to four more cities

Google Fiber coming to four more cities | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Update: Google has since confirmed that it will expand to 18 cities within the four metro areas below, with construction to start “within several months,” according to Dennis Kish, the VP of Google Fiber. It also added that it is continuing to explore bringing fiber to Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Antonio and San…
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ReeceNichols Joins Zillow Pro for Brokers

ReeceNichols Joins Zillow Pro for Brokers | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Zillow, Inc. (NASDAQ: Z), the leading real estate information and home-related marketplace, today announced that ReeceNichols has joined the Zillow® Pro for Brokers program. Based throughout Kansas andMissouri, ReeceNichols has 18 offices and approximately 2,000 agents in the Kansas City metro area who are participating in the program.

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Barbara Corcoran backs real estate website provider

Barbara Corcoran backs real estate website provider | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Barbara Corcoran, founder of New York City-brokerage The Corcoran Group and current “Shark Tank” investor, has given her seal of approval to real estate website provider Real Estate Webmasters, making an investment in the startup that values the company at $50 million

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January 2015 RE/MAX National Housing Report

January 2015 RE/MAX National Housing Report | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Defying the normal trend, home sales in December rose above the number of November sales by a significant 14.4%. Sales were also 3.9% above those of last December. Although home sales have generally been lower in 2014 than 2013, three of the last four months have experienced sales higher than the same month last year.

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BlackRock discloses ownership stake in Altisource

BlackRock discloses ownership stake in Altisource | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A Monday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows that BlackRock is more than an interested party in the mortgage-backed securities whose loans are serviced by Ocwen and its affiliates. BlackRock also owns a substantial stake in Altisource Residential.
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Lone Wolf Real Estate buys Millennium Real Estate Solutions

Lone Wolf Real Estate buys Millennium Real Estate Solutions | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Lone Wolf Real Estate acquired Millennium Real Estate Solutions, expanding offerings to boards and associations across Canada for listing management and data collection.
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Mobile Realty Apps rebrands as HomeSpotter

Mobile Realty Apps rebrands as HomeSpotter | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The company provides multiple listing service data customized to local markets for both real estate agents and firms, as well as consumers. The firm said it raised its latest capital from Brightstone Venture Capital, Confluence Capital Partners, Mike Bollinger and other angel investors.

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Trulia (TRLA) Reaches 125 MLS Relationship Milestone

Trulia (TRLA) Reaches 125 MLS Relationship Milestone | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Trulia (NYSE: TRLA) now has direct relationships in place with 125 MLSs across the country. During 2014, Trulia entered into 69 new MLS relationships, with 21 in the 4th quarter alone, as the MLS...
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REALTOR Magazine Q&A with Move/realtor.com CEO Ryan O’Hara

REALTOR Magazine Q&A with Move/realtor.com CEO Ryan O’Hara | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Move Inc.’s new CEO Ryan O’Hara is in New York this week meeting other real estate industry players, many for the first time, at Real Estate Connect New York. O’Hara has been living and working in New York—most recently as president of the technology and marketing partnership division of Madison Square Garden Co. But the California native and Stanford graduate will soon relocate back to his home state. Move, which operates realtor.com® through an operating agreement with the National Association of REALTORS®, is based in San Jose.

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CoreLogic Hires Freddie Mac’s Nothaft as Chief Economist

CoreLogic Hires Freddie Mac’s Nothaft as Chief Economist | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
CoreLogic Inc., the property-data firm spun off from First American Financial Corp., hired Frank Nothaft from Freddie Mac as its chief economist.
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New home sales in December rise an unbelievable 11.6%

New home sales in December rise an unbelievable 11.6% | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
New home sales just hit a seven-year high, but skepticism grows about the accuracy of reports with a margin of error in the mid-teens. Here are the details.
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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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Seth's Blog: The best laid plans

Seth's Blog: The best laid plans | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
As your plans get more detailed, it's also more and more likely that they won't work exactly as you described them. Certainly, it's worth visualizing the thing you're working to build. When it works, what's it going to be like?...
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YouTube Now Streams HTML5 Video By Default

YouTube Now Streams HTML5 Video By Default | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Here is one more nail in Flash's coffin: starting today, YouTube defaults to using HTML5 video on all modern browsers, including Chrome, IE 11, Safari 8 and..
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Research engine publishing real estate agent performance statistics

Research engine publishing real estate agent performance statistics | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
FindTheBest, which boasts 25 million monthly visitors to its main website, findthebest.com, unveiled a database on findthehome.com today that lets consumers dig up performance statistics on more than 300,000 real estate agents. The performance data, acquired mostly from FindTheHome's primary source of listings, ListHub, include an agent’s total number of active listings, the locations of those listings, their median price, and an agent's total number of historical listings.
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The flame of innovation - 1000watt

The flame of innovation - 1000watt | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
As I wing my way to New York City for Inman Connect, there’s a feeling I have had for a few weeks now that I can’t really shake. I think we’re on the cusp of a very big year for real estate technology – perhaps even a transformative one. Burning down The last few years … Continued
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Fannie Mae: Mortgage lending will see dramatic growth in 2015

Fannie Mae: Mortgage lending will see dramatic growth in 2015 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The mortgage business is set to substantially grow in 2015, with 88% of lenders surveyed by Fannie Mae saying that they are looking to expand their mortgage origination business, and 70% looking to expand their mortgage servicing business.
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First wave of ‘boomerang buyers’ become eligible for mortgages

First wave of ‘boomerang buyers’ become eligible for mortgages | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The first wave of 7.3 million homeowners who lost their home to foreclosure or short sale during the foreclosure crisis are now past the seven-year window they conservatively need to repair their credit and qualify to buy a home.
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Zillow to Launch Zillow Pro for Brokers Plus; Will Include Improved Brokerage Branding on For-Sale Listings

Zillow to Launch Zillow Pro for Brokers Plus; Will Include Improved Brokerage Branding on For-Sale Listings | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

"These new features enhance the brokerage branding on for-sale listings as well as in our powerful directory," said Greg Schwartz, Zillow chief revenue officer. "Brokerages will now have the ability to showcase their brands in several new and prominent ways on every single one of their agents' listings, while having complete transparency to the sites where their listings appear."

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Mortgage marketplace looking to partner with real estate pros

Mortgage marketplace looking to partner with real estate pros | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Sindeo, a mortgage marketplace that arms consumers with insights into costs and fees to help them plan, qualify and shop for a mortgage with multiple lenders, has hired Trulia's Ginger Wilcox as chief industry officer as the company prepares to launch a new service for real estate professionals.
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Ocwen Financial To Fight BlueMountain, RMBS Investor Default Claims

Ocwen Financial To Fight BlueMountain, RMBS Investor Default Claims | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Ocwen Financial will fight claims made by investors that the mortgage servicing giant is in default of trust agreements on residential mortgage backed securities the firm services.
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Shrinking Inventory May Raise Prices Again

Shrinking Inventory May Raise Prices Again | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

For the first time in 16 months, the total inventory of homes available for sale dropped last month, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. While the decline was slight – less than 1 percent month-over-month – the drop does represent “a reversal to the general growth of listings that had been occurring throughout 2014,” writes Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist, at the Economists’ Outlook blog. “More inventories are needed, not less. Or else, home prices could re-accelerate.”

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S&P Case-Shiller: Is housing ready for spring home-buying season?

S&P Case-Shiller: Is housing ready for spring home-buying season? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The spring home-buying season is just a couple months away. Due to the latest report on the continued slow down in home-price growth, S&P Case-Shiller believes the market isn’t ready. However, not all economists agree, with at least one giving 2015 a strong forecast.
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Pavaso tech solution delivers closing in under 15 minutes

Pavaso tech solution delivers closing in under 15 minutes | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
“We had to verify the times with the escrow officers because we didn’t believe it at first," said Amy Moser, vice president of mortgage services at Mountain America Credit Union. "Digital closings are proving that secure delivery of documents prior to closing is not only convenient to our members, but extremely effective.”
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