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Skype Brings Free Video Messaging Out Of Preview, Redefines ‘Visual Voicemail’

Skype Brings Free Video Messaging Out Of Preview, Redefines ‘Visual Voicemail’ | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Skype has just announced that the previously beta video messaging feature it's been testing is now a proper release feature of its Skype applications for Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android and BlackBerry.
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Feds target luxury real estate wire transfers in money laundering investigation

Feds target luxury real estate wire transfers in money laundering investigation | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The federal government is again expanding its investigation into whether foreign buyers are using shell companies to buy luxury U.S. real estate to launder money after its investigation found that potentially illicit activity is behind more than 30% of cash purchases from foreign buyers in select markets.
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CoreLogic's preview of HMDA data shows how good 2016 was for mortgages

CoreLogic's preview of HMDA data shows how good 2016 was for mortgages | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Estimates from various sources, like the Mortgage Bankers Association, placed mortgage originations just shy of $1.9 trillion for 2016, but the exact figure won’t be known until the government releases the 2016 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data, which isn’t expected until some time next month.
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Calif - July pending home sales and Market Pulse Survey

Calif - July pending home sales and Market Pulse Survey | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Based on signed contracts, year-over-year statewide pending home sales fell in July on a seasonally adjusted basis, with the Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI)* declining 2.6 percent from 122.5 in July 2016 to 119.4 in July 2017. California pending home sales also edged down on a monthly basis for the first time since March, decreasing 0.9 percent from the June index of 120.4. 
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10 Modern Treehouses We'd Love to Have in Our Own Backyard

10 Modern Treehouses We'd Love to Have in Our Own Backyard | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Does that childhood feeling of running away to live in a treehouse ever really leave us? The magic of escaping to a fantasy life high above in the trees sounds pretty great, but realistically we all have to grow up and be adults, but that doesn’t mean we can’t build a little getaway for some quiet time. We rounded up 10 modern treehouses that we’d love to retreat to when we need a little calm.
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Homes with Over 30 Favorites Sell in Under Two Weeks and for More Money

Homes with Over 30 Favorites Sell in Under Two Weeks and for More Money | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Homes across the U.S. that receive 30 or more favorites within their first week of hitting the market typically sell in under two weeksiii, with over 40 percent selling above list price. But homes that get 10 or fewer favorites in their first week go for less money and take over a month to sell.
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Technology, Inventory and Competition Among Firms’ Top Challenges: Realtors® Survey

Technology, Inventory and Competition Among Firms’ Top Challenges: Realtors® Survey | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Keeping up with technology, maintaining sufficient inventory, competition from nontraditional participants and profitability are among the biggest challenges for real estate firms,  according to the National Association of Realtors® 2017 Profile of Real Estate Firms.
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FHFA: Home prices increase 6.6% in second quarter

FHFA: Home prices increase 6.6% in second quarter | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The HPI increased 1.7% from the first quarter to the second quarter of 2017, and increased 6.6% from the second quarter last year. However, the seasonally adjusted month index increased only 0.1% from May to June.
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Microsoft's speech recognition system is now as good as a human

Microsoft's speech recognition system is now as good as a human | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Microsoft researchers have hit a milestone 25 years in the making. The company's conversational speech recognition system has finally reached an error rate of only 5.1 percent, putting it on par with the accuracy of professional human transcribers for the first time ever.
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California Bureau Of Real Estate Makes Disciplinary And Criminal Records Publicly Available 

California Bureau Of Real Estate Makes Disciplinary And Criminal Records Publicly Available  | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
It may come as a surprise to some, but, as a matter of fact, one or more prior legal convictions may prevent a person from obtaining a California real estate license. There is emphasis on the may.
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Smishing: hackers' favorite new way to ruin your life

Smishing: hackers' favorite new way to ruin your life | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Smishing is short for “SMS phishing.” It is a type of security attack where scammers trick cell phone users to download viruses through carefully crafted text messages. Smishing has become more popular than email scams because believe it or not, it works.
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Nationstar no more: Nonbank is now officially Mr. Cooper

Nationstar no more: Nonbank is now officially Mr. Cooper | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Nationstar’s massive rebranding, which HousingWire first reported back in December 2015, became official on Monday morning, with the nonbank dropping the Nationstar name and becoming Mr. Cooper.

The Mr. Cooper brand will cover both the company’s mortgage servicing and originations operations.
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What’s This? A New Look for an Iconic Brand?

What’s This? A New Look for an Iconic Brand? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
“Our new look better represents the enthusiastic entrepreneurs who comprise our network,” said Contos. “Great brands evolve and RE/MAX is no different. We believe the updated balloon and wordmark will help our agents grow their business and give them an even bigger competitive advantage in digital, social media and mobile marketing.”
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World's biggest underground bike parking center opens in Utrecht

World's biggest underground bike parking center opens in Utrecht | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Cyclists in Utrecht started using a three-storey parking garage under the train station last week, ahead of the official opening on August 21. It already boasts thousands of spaces, but when complete, it will be the world's largest parking facility for bikes.
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New home sales drop in July

New home sales drop in July | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Sales of new single-family houses decreased to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 571,000 in July. This is down 9.4% from June’s 630,000 sales and 8.9% from the July 2016’s estimate of 627,000 sales.
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ShowingTime Showing Index™ 

ShowingTime Showing Index™  | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The ShowingTime Showing Index™ tracks the average number of buyer showings on active residential properties on a monthly basis, a highly reliable leading indicator of current and future demand trends.
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The Struggle is Real for First-Time Homebuyers

The Struggle is Real for First-Time Homebuyers | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
“Lack of supply continues to be the main story of the 2017 housing market. Just a few months ago, the difference between the actual level of existing-home sales and the market’s potential was negligible, but supply issues have become a significant impediment and are preventing the market from reaching its potential,”
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The world's longest suspension bridge has opened in the Swiss Alps — and it looks terrifying

The world's longest suspension bridge has opened in the Swiss Alps — and it looks terrifying | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Until this summer, Japan's Kokonoe Yume was the longest suspension bridge in the world.

The newly built Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge in Switzerland just stole that title.

Measuring 1,621 feet long, it traverses the country's deepest valley in the Swiss Alps.
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Fighter jet scares the crap out of a bunch of people on a beach

Fighter jet scares the crap out of a bunch of people on a beach | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
During the Sunday, one pilot managed to troll a beach on Lake Michigan filled with onlookers by sneaking up behind the crowd during a pass. The practice, common among The Blue Angels is called a sneak pass, but it's pretty great every single time. 
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NYC, San Francisco Could See An Apartment Selloff As Investors Turn To Secondary Markets For Better Returns

NYC, San Francisco Could See An Apartment Selloff As Investors Turn To Secondary Markets For Better Returns | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Ten-X recommends buying in Sacramento, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Raleigh-Durham and Jacksonville. All of these markets have benefited from population growth, strong absorption and rent growth thanks to favorable housing prices that have driven residents to these areas.
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Fannie Mae joins Freddie in allowing appraisal-free purchase mortgages

Fannie Mae joins Freddie in allowing appraisal-free purchase mortgages | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Property Inspection Waivers will be allowed on mortgages with low loan-to-value ratios. The GSE explained the change will allow lenders to offer better efficiency and cost savings.
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8 Things You Might Not Know About the Louvre

8 Things You Might Not Know About the Louvre | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Napoleon Bonaparte wasn’t above a little self-glorification. Having spearheaded the transformation of the Louvre from a cultural hub to his own tributary, he had the name changed to the Musée Napoléon and hung the Mona Lisa in his bedroom.
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What Canada's Census Reveals About Housing Needs 

What Canada's Census Reveals About Housing Needs  | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
One-person households account for 28.2 per cent of all households -- the most common type of living arrangement. Statistics Canada says, "income redistribution, pensions and the increased presence of women in the workforce have led to more people being economically independent today than in the past, especially in older age groups. In addition, higher separation and divorce rates have led to more people living alone instead of in couples."
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NAR - Home Prices Jump 6.2 Percent in Second Quarter; Eclipse 2016 High

NAR - Home Prices Jump 6.2 Percent in Second Quarter; Eclipse 2016 High | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Single-family home prices last quarter increased in 87 percent of measured markets, with 154 out of 178 metropolitan statistical areas1 (MSAs) showing sales price gains in the second quarter compared with the second quarter of 2016. Twenty-three areas (13 percent) recorded lower median prices from a year earlier.
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16 Cities Where It's Actually Getting Cheaper to Buy a House

16 Cities Where It's Actually Getting Cheaper to Buy a House | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Home prices are surging across the country. The national median price for an existing single-family home was $255,600 in the second quarter of 2017, up 6.2% from a year earlier. Home prices were up in 87% of cities the association tracks. In 23 cities, including Seattle, Salt Lake City, Reno, and Ann Arbor, prices increased by 10% or more.
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Real Estate License Act changes signed into law by governor

Real Estate License Act changes signed into law by governor | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
House Bill 3528, which was backed by Illinois REALTORS®, was unanimously passed by both chambers of the General Assembly earlier this year, and had been sent to the governor on June 23. He signed it Friday.
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