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Company Unmasks Anonymous Web Visitors For A Price. Then Shuts Down.

Company Unmasks Anonymous Web Visitors For A Price. Then Shuts Down. | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Imagine you visit a company’s website, do not log in, fill out any forms, volunteer your email address or otherwise identify yourself. After you leave the page, someone calls you to offer the company’s goods or services. Creepy, or clever marketing?

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Cash home sales increase as competition heats up

Cash home sales increase as competition heats up | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Cash sales are one the rise in the competitive housing market, significantly above historic levels, according to Freddie Mac’s monthly Outlook for August.

Mortgage originations are decreasing due to the increase in cash sales, the report showed. While not popular among homebuyers, the highly competitive market is driving more buyers toward cash sales.
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How Many of these 25 Brain Teasers Can You Solve?

How Many of these 25 Brain Teasers Can You Solve? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A slippery sloth climbs six feet up a utility pole during the day, then slides back down five feet during the night. If the pole is 30 feet high and the sloth starts from the ground (zero feet), how many days does it take the sloth to reach the top of the pole?
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How long until eClosings are standard practice for mortgages?

How long until eClosings are standard practice for mortgages? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Nancy Pratt, Pavaso vice president of Partner Relations & Government Affairs, added, “Nevada supports the vision of a paperless, fully digital closing, by allowing eRecording. A program for eNotarization is underway, but a hybrid closing is necessary since many investors still require a physical, rather than digital signature for certain closing documents.”
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August 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report

August 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
July home sales declined 0.8% year-over-year, and the Median Sales Price of $239,950 – while slightly lower than June’s – was 7.4% higher year-over-year. Homes sold quickly in July, with an average 45 Days on Market, a record low for the report.
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100 trips everyone should take in their lifetime, according to the world's top travel experts

100 trips everyone should take in their lifetime, according to the world's top travel experts | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Business Insider UK asked 20 top travel bloggers and writers/editors from the likes of Lonely Planet, Suitcase, and Airbnb for the top five destinations they've ever visited — or the ones that are at the top of their bucket list.
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New glass blocks may be a clear choice for solar power

New glass blocks may be a clear choice for solar power | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Buildings have a lot of surface area that's exposed to sunlight, so why just stop at rooftop solar panels? We've already seen solar energy-harvesting windows, and of course Tesla's solar roof. Thanks to research being carried out at the University of Exeter, we may soon also have the option of replacing opaque exterior walls with solar glass blocks.
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World's largest data center being built in the Arctic

World's largest data center being built in the Arctic | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Data centers chew through a huge amount of power, thanks largely to the cooling demands involved. To help fight that on both fronts, the world's largest data center is set to be built in northern Norway, making use of the chilly Arctic climate to keep the servers cool while drawing all of its power from renewable sources.
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15 Fascinating Facts About Julia Child

15 Fascinating Facts About Julia Child | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Julia Child was much more than just a bestselling cookbook author and chef. Over the course of her life, she was also a breast cancer survivor, a TV trailblazer, and a government spy.
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Home builders slow down construction in July

Home builders slow down construction in July | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
And privately-owned housing units authorized by building permits also decreased, falling 4.1% from June’s rate of 1.28 million to 1.22 million in July, the report showed. But this is still up 4.1% from 1.18 million in July 2016.
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Florida Realtors kicks off ‘Amendment 2 is for Everybody’ campaign

Florida Realtors kicks off ‘Amendment 2 is for Everybody’ campaign | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Florida Realtors, the state's largest professional trade association, officially kicked off its campaign to pass Amendment 2, which gives voters the chance to make a 10 percent cap on annual non-homestead property tax increases permanent. It will appear on the 2018 general election ballot.
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CENTURY 21 REAL ESTATE NAMES NICK BAILEY AS PRESIDENT AND CEO

CENTURY 21 REAL ESTATE NAMES NICK BAILEY AS PRESIDENT AND CEO | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Century 21 Real Estate LLC today announced that Nick Bailey, formerly of the Zillow® Group, has been appointed president and chief executive officer. The iconic brand did its part to engage home buyers and sellers and sales professionals online by ushering in the Bailey era this morning via a multi-channel release of an innovative Facebook Canvas ad that allows viewers to not only connect with the announcement but also to be a part of it.
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S&P/Experian: Mortgage default rate at lowest level in a decade

S&P/Experian: Mortgage default rate at lowest level in a decade | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Despite a slight increase in July, the default rate for first mortgage loans still sits at its lowest point in the last 10 years, according to the latest S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices.

In fact, the mortgage default rate for first and second mortgages aren’t too far off from their July 2016 level, as homebuyers get better at paying their mortgage on time.
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International home buying is absolutely booming in Texas

International home buying is absolutely booming in Texas | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
During that time, foreign buyers accounted for $18.66 billion in home sales in Texas, up sharply from $10.2 billion during the report’s previous period, from April 2015 through March 2016. That’s an increase of nearly 83%.
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7 Tips From a Nikon Pro for Photographing the Total Solar Eclipse

7 Tips From a Nikon Pro for Photographing the Total Solar Eclipse | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
To help you capture the moment with your camera, Mental Floss spoke to Steve Heiner, senior technical manager with Nikon, who saw his first eclipse 38 years ago. Here is what he told us you need to know. 
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REAL Trends | 2017 Brokerage Website Rankings

REAL Trends | 2017 Brokerage Website Rankings | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

REAL Trends announces the top residential real estate brokerage and team websites in its 2017 REAL Trends Website Rankings. If you’re looking to redesign or revamp your website, these are the best of the best and worth emulating!

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Million-Dollar ZIP Codes Have Passed Their Pre-Recession Peak 

Million-Dollar ZIP Codes Have Passed Their Pre-Recession Peak  | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
More than one in 25 ZIP codes now might be called “million dollar” ZIPs: areas where a significant portion of homes are worth at least $1 million. In a growing geographical divide, these ZIP codes are increasingly concentrated in a few coastal cities.
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FHFA: HARP extended through 2018

FHFA: HARP extended through 2018 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The government’s Home Affordable Refinance Program was all set to end next month, September 30, to be exact, but that’s not the case anymore.

The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced Thursday that it is extending HARP through Dec. 31, 2018, adding an additional 15 months onto the program’s already extended lifespan.
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What Are the Prospects for Future Homeownership Demand?

What Are the Prospects for Future Homeownership Demand? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
“Yet, the prospect for future homeownership demand looks hopeful, as more households increase their educational attainment level and thus their prospect for higher income.”
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Inside a tiny triangular house in Tokyo

Inside a tiny triangular house in Tokyo | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In Tokyo, one of the world's most overcrowded cities, land is expensive and it is always difficult to find and buy an ideal plot. So, building houses on difficult patches of land is not uncommon. At the same time, such challenges encourage Japanese architects to create impressive and ingenious buildings. This house on a tiny triangular plot in Horinouchi, designed by Architect Kota Mizuishi, of Mizuishi Architect Atelier, is an excellent example.
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9 Exhilarating Close-Up Photos of Sharks

9 Exhilarating Close-Up Photos of Sharks | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry has spent some 10,000 hours underwater over the last three decades, photographing sharks (and other animals) up close in their own habitat. A new collection of his photography, simply titled Shark, shows off 250 images he’s taken of the mysterious creatures that scientists are still only beginning to understand.
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Calif - July 2017 sales and price

Calif - July 2017 sales and price | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California remained above the 400,000 benchmark for the 16th consecutive month and totaled a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 421,460 units in July, according to information collected by C.A.R. from more than 90 local REALTOR® associations and MLSs statewide. The statewide sales figure represents what would be the total number of homes sold during 2017 if sales maintained the July pace throughout the year.
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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
The headstrong supply and demand imbalances in much of the country slightly tempered the pace of sales and caused home prices to maintain their robust growth in the second quarter, according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of Realtors®.
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Here’s the No. 1 new home market in the U.S.

Here’s the No. 1 new home market in the U.S. | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Dallas-area housing starts increased 3.4% from the first to the second quarter of 2017, the study showed. This makes a total 31,049 new home starts within the past 12 months ending in the second quarter. Housing starts jumped 14% from the second quarter of 2016 to the second quarter of 2017.
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Residential Remodeling Index Reaches All-Time High

Residential Remodeling Index Reaches All-Time High | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Metrostudy, a Hanley Wood company, announced today that its second quarter 2017 Residential Remodeling Index (RRI) increased to a new high of 108.7, representing a solid 4.7% increase from 103.9 one year earlier and a 1.3% increase from 107.3 in the previous quarter. The index has now seen twenty-one consecutive quarters of year-over-year gains since 2011, which was the bottom of the remodeling market in terms of activity.
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Homebuilders’ confidence rises with demand for new homes

Homebuilders’ confidence rises with demand for new homes | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Confidence among home builders grew in August alongside the rising demand for new homes, according to the National Association of Home Builders and Wells Fargo Housing Market Index.

After falling last month to 64 due to rising material costs, the index increased once again in August to a level of 68 points, according to the HMI report.
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