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Chicago-area home prices up 8.2% from year ago

Chicago-area home prices up 8.2% from year ago | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
More homes were sold in the Chicago area in May than in any month since August 2006, according to monthly sales figures released Thursday.
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April pending home sales and price report

April pending home sales and price report | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Led by the Central Valley, California statewide pending home sales reversed a three-month decline and posted higher in April, but a persistent shortage of homes for sale may dampen the upcoming spring homebuying season, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) said today.
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"Total-encapsulation" headphones promise wireless audio and language translation

"Total-encapsulation" headphones promise wireless audio and language translation | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Its debut earphones may look like somebody spray-painted sea-shells and asked you to tune into the sounds of the ocean, but if they perform as planned they'll be useful not just for wireless listening, but as portable speakers and language translators, too.
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House passes sweeping change to loan originator licensing rules

House passes sweeping change to loan originator licensing rules | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The House of Representatives just passed a bill that could create a huge impact on the mortgage industry, as mortgage loan officers may soon be able to transition from a traditional bank to a nonbank and keep originating new mortgage loans without having to wait for a new license.
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New home sales reverse course, rise in April

New home sales reverse course, rise in April | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
While new home sales are known to be volatile, the latest April report shows signs that the housing market could finally be returning to normal after a series of up and down reports.

Sales of new single-family houses in April 2016 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 619,000, according to estimates released jointly by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Pittsburgh Steelers recruit robot player

Pittsburgh Steelers recruit robot player | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Pittsburgh Steelers have a new MVP ... and it's a robot. In this case, MVP stands for "Mobile Virtual Player" – a remote controlled robotic dummy designed to help players practice tackling and other plays with less risk of repetitive injuries.
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Which of the 9 types of intelligence do you possess? 

Which of the 9 types of intelligence do you possess?  | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Psychologist, Howard Gardner detailed nine different types of intelligence that humans have and how each one functions. This could help us understand while one friend may be highly gifted musically, another struggles to hear the difference in pitches.
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NAR - Existing-Home Sales Rise in April for Second Straight Month

NAR - Existing-Home Sales Rise in April for Second Straight Month | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Total existing-home sales1, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, rose 1.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.45 million in April from an upwardly revised 5.36 million in March. After last month's gain, sales are now up 6.0 percent from April 2015.
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Time to close a loan settles at 44 days for the second month

Time to close a loan settles at 44 days for the second month | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
For the second month in a row, the time to close all loans remained steady at 44 days in April, as lenders fall into a routine in this post-TRID environment, the latest Origination Insight Report from Ellie Mae found.   
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If You Dread Deadlines, You’re Thinking About Them All Wrong

If You Dread Deadlines, You’re Thinking About Them All Wrong | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Deadlines can be energizing and help you to sharpen your focus, set priorities, collaborate effectively with a team, and get work done, all while keeping projects on track and on schedule. Think of it this way. Deadlines are a done-for-you prioritization tool that tells you a given project is important to focus on since its deadline is earlier.
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The average age for a child getting their first smartphone is now 10.3 years

The average age for a child getting their first smartphone is now 10.3 years | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The average age for a child getting their first smartphone is now 10.3 years


Tablets have surged from 26% to 55% usage as kids’ device of choice during car rides. Smartphones trail at 45% (up from 39% in 2012).


64% of kids have access to the Internet via their own laptop or tablet, compared to just 42% in 2012


39% of kids get a social media account at 11.4 years. 11% got a social media account when they were younger than 10.

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California Regional MLS Expands Access to Marin County and North Bay Association of REALTORS® as Participating Associations

California Regional MLS Expands Access to Marin County and North Bay Association of REALTORS® as Participating Associations | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
California Regional MLS (CRMLS) has signed agreements with the Marin and North Bay Associations of REALTORS®. The addition of these organizations brings CRMLS Association/Board membership count to 36. As the nation's largest and most recognized multiple listing service, it is the mission of CRMLS to provide each of its 80,000+ subscribers with a voice in the operation of their listing service.
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Google Just Made Apps Way Less Annoying

Google Just Made Apps Way Less Annoying | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Google just one-upped Facebook’s instant UX in a big way. Today, the company announced Instant Apps. That’s right, not little stories that come pre-cached on a social network, but actual, fully functional apps that you can open without downloading them first.
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Portland tiny house rotates to follow the sun

Portland tiny house rotates to follow the sun | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Portland-based Path Architecture recently completed a very charming tiny house. Dubbed 359, the home comprises generous glazing and is set on a manually-operated rotating base, which allows it to easily follow (or indeed face away from) the sun, warming the interior naturally and providing plenty of natural light.
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LA making massive smart city dataset available at high-speed

LA making massive smart city dataset available at high-speed | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The city of Los Angeles is opening up the data floodgates by giving researchers unprecedented high-speed access to its smart city data, a move that could spark a raft of new data-driven discoveries.
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Notifications Are Broken. Here's How Google Plans To Fix Them

Notifications Are Broken. Here's How Google Plans To Fix Them | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
One surprising thing revealed by Google's research? Aranda says they found that people tended to open games, social networks, and news apps so often that notifications actually tended to actually drive users away from the apps, not vice versa. So maybe the most important principle of good notifications is this: Your app probably doesn't need them at all.
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Black Knight: Foreclosure starts hit 10-year low

Black Knight: Foreclosure starts hit 10-year low | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
There were fewer foreclosure proceedings initiated during the month of April than in any month in the last 10 years, a new report from Black Knight Financial Services shows.

According to Black Knight’s “First Look” at April’s mortgage performance data, there were 58,700 foreclosure starts in April 2016, which is the lowest number of foreclosure starts since April 2006.
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Undulating apartment block puts Paris on show

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MAD Architects is bringing its curvaceous brand of building design to Europe for the first time. The newly announced UNIC apartment block in Paris will be marked by offset, meandering floor plates that taper gradually as the building rises to make the most of the views.
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California home sales off to slowest start since 2008

California home sales off to slowest start since 2008 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
California January through April’s home sales were down 4.5% annually to 117,235, the lowest level for that time frame since 2008, according to PropertyRadar, a software, data and analysis products provider for real estate professionals.

In April alone, single-family home and condominium sales totaled 35,978, an increase of 5.8% from March, but down 8.3%
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April brings strong gains in Illinois home sales and prices

April brings strong gains in Illinois home sales and prices | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In the nine-county Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA), home sales (single-family and condominiums) in April 2016 totaled 10,216 homes sold, up 9.3 percent from April 2015 sales of 9,343 homes. The median price in April 2016 was $230,000 in the Chicago PMSA, up 10.6 percent from $208,000 in April 2015.
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Redfin: New listings decreased for first time in two years

Redfin: New listings decreased for first time in two years | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Home sales increased 2.5% in April and inventory fell for the seventh consecutive month, dropping by 3.2%. This was not an isolated finding, with since two out of three markets Redfin tracks showed a drop in listings compared to last year. The largest declines happened in the Northeast with Boston, New York and Philadelphia seeing annual declines of over 10%.
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27 stunningly remote hotels that are worth the trip

27 stunningly remote hotels that are worth the trip | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
We've rounded up 27 of the world's most remote hotels, which can offer luxurious touches and a more personal experience. While they may be more difficult to access, they're set in stunning locations, like in the middle of a desert or atop a mountain. 
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Houzz wins “Best App” at the inaugural Google Play Awards

Houzz wins “Best App” at the inaugural Google Play Awards | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Interior design and decorating resource Houzz is the overall best Android app of the year, according to Google, which this evening announced the results of the first-ever Google Play Awards at its developer conference, Google I/O. While in previous years, the company had rounded up large numbers of apps for “Best of” lists, the new Google Play Awards instead follows Apple’s model of selecting winners across a variety of categories.
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Google’s Chrome OS will soon be able to run all Android apps

Google’s Chrome OS will soon be able to run all Android apps | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Play Store is coming to Chrome OS, Google announced at its I/O developer conference today — and with that, you will soon be able to install and run virtually any Android app on your Chromebooks and Chromeboxes.
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Chicago new-home sales jump by a third in 2016

Chicago new-home sales jump by a third in 2016 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In the first four months of 2016, builders sold 449 new houses, townhouses and condominiums in the city, the records of Midwest Real Estate Data show. That's an increase of more than 34 percent from the 334 sales in the corresponding period in 2015, and10 times the increase in sales of all types of homes—new and old. By the end of April, city home sales totaled 7,707, according to MRED's data, or about 3.4 percent ahead of last year's 7,453.
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Broker Public Portal Reveals Partnership and Plan

Broker Public Portal Reveals Partnership and Plan | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Broker Public Portal has executed a binding letter of intent with Homesnap, a creator of highly rated apps for consumers and agents, to launch a national home search experience defined by simplicity, integrity and common sense.   The program will be marketed under the Homesnap brand. Homesnap is already the top-rated real estate app for consumers, and Homesnap Pro is already the leading mobile app for real estate pros.
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