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Not All To-Do Lists Are Created Equal--Here's How To Do Yours

Not All To-Do Lists Are Created Equal--Here's How To Do Yours | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Every day, our to-do list gets filled with various tasks. But not all "to-do's" are created equal. Far from it. Unfortunately, our natural tendency is to start with the small, easy tasks first, and push back the big, important ones because they're more uncomfortable.

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Fla. foreclosures down 56% in two years

Fla. foreclosures down 56% in two years | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Florida continues to have a lengthy foreclosure process, however, with only three other states –New Jersey, Indiana and New York – taking longer. Overall, it takes 3.3 years (1,203 days) to foreclose in Florida, the time between a first notice and a final foreclosure sale.
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The Top 10 Most Stunning Art Deco Buildings in NYC

The Top 10 Most Stunning Art Deco Buildings in NYC | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In between the two world wars, as New York’s middle class population was burgeoning and the city was developing at a rapid pace, a new brand of architecture known today as Art Deco came into existence. Characterized by all things bold, angular, striking, and theatrical, Art Deco was the bridge between classical intricacy and modern minimalism, but it has a unique style all its own.

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This year will probably be the biggest year for homebuilders in a decade

This year will probably be the biggest year for homebuilders in a decade | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
“With new home sales and household formations still moving higher, we expect that housing starts will increase further in 2017, although there will be months in which they are down temporarily,” Nationwide Chief Economist David Berson said. “For all of 2017, total starts should be around 1.25 million units, the highest level since 2007.”
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MIT's shuttlecock-shaped robot swims through pipes looking for leaks

MIT's shuttlecock-shaped robot swims through pipes looking for leaks | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
According to MIT, an average of 20 percent of the water flowing through today's distribution systems is lost to holes along its journey, so researchers are developing a small robot that can be deposited through a fire hydrant to hunt out the leaks.
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Aussie fintech operator launches new home loan platform, Tic Toc

Aussie fintech operator launches new home loan platform, Tic Toc | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Adelaide-based business platform is called Tic Toc and claims to provides its customers with mortgage decisions in just 22 minutes, instead of as much as 22 days in some cases.
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Report: Apartment Construction at 20-Year High

Report: Apartment Construction at 20-Year High | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
By 2030, the nation will need about 4.6 million new apartments to meet demand and keep prices in check, according to the National Multifamily Housing Council. To reach that number, about 373,000 new units, on average, will be needed each year.
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Facial recognition in the new iPhone would make huge waves

Facial recognition in the new iPhone would make huge waves | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
With several sources that traditionally have been reliable about such things reporting that Apple is preparing to abandon the fingerprint biometric authentication that it's been using for five years in favor of 3D facial recognition coupled with iris scans, the mobile industry is preparing for authentication upheaval.
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Homebuilder confidence slips on rising material costs

Homebuilder confidence slips on rising material costs | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes fell two points in July to 64 from the downwardly revised June reading, according to the National Association of Builders and Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. This represents the lowest reading since November 2016.
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Freddie Mac joins Fannie Mae in reducing mortgage modification interest rate

Freddie Mac joins Fannie Mae in reducing mortgage modification interest rate | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
So, on Monday, when Fannie Mae’s new benchmark rate of 4% took effect, it took effect for Freddie Mac too.

The standard modification program is “designed to help those borrowers who are ineligible for the Home Affordable Modification Program.”
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Consumers Uneasy About Going Paperless

Consumers Uneasy About Going Paperless | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Many mortgage lenders are phasing out physical paperwork in favor of electronic documents. While that may make organization easier for consumers, they still find an element of peace of mind in physical documents, according to a new survey.
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6 modern gadgets that will take you back to the old days

6 modern gadgets that will take you back to the old days | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Nostalgic tech is making its way into the gadget world and we’re all big fans.

Add a classic taste to your modern tech with some of these products. There’s no time like the past…   
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HUD makes $2 billion available to homeless programs

HUD makes $2 billion available to homeless programs | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
HUD will fund this venture through Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Program in an effort to encourage housing first. Housing first is the idea that families need housing before they can
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This Glove Translates Sign Language Into Speech

This Glove Translates Sign Language Into Speech | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
To use it, you simply put the glove on and start signing. The glove translates the signs in real time into sentences that appear on a small screen on the wrist, which can then be read out loud using a small speaker.
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DocuSign aiming for IPO by early 2018, CEO says

DocuSign aiming for IPO by early 2018, CEO says | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The San Francisco-based company, which facilitates electronic signature and digital document management, is looking at the public market with its new chief executive and partnerships with major technology companies. In the run up, the company is getting close to breakeven on a cash flow basis and moving further into the payments space.
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Wells Fargo to Pilot Digital “Control Tower” Experience to Help Simplify Customers’ Online Financial Lives

Wells Fargo to Pilot Digital “Control Tower” Experience to Help Simplify Customers’ Online Financial Lives | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
“By integrating a comprehensive view of customers’ Wells Fargo personal finance information and access points into one experience, this new experience streamlines customers’ digital footprint and enables them to manage their personal finances with ease from one single and secure place.”
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Bone conduction ring puts phone calls at your fingertips

Bone conduction ring puts phone calls at your fingertips | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Besides talking into a shoe, the most spy-like way to take a phone call is to just stick your finger in your ear. Last year the Sgnl made that possible using a watchband, and now we've seen the idea packed into a smaller wearable device: a ring.
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There's a new version of Google Glass, and it's been secretly used by hundreds of factory workers for the last two years

There's a new version of Google Glass, and it's been secretly used by hundreds of factory workers for the last two years | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A new version of Glass has secretly been used by hundreds of employees at companies like GE, Boeing, DHL, and Volkswagen for the last two years, according to a report by Backchannel. The new Google Glass Enterprise Edition is designed with factory workers in mind.
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Equity Inequality: The Differing Impact of the Boom and Bust on Millennial, Gen X and Older Homeowners

Equity Inequality: The Differing Impact of the Boom and Bust on Millennial, Gen X and Older Homeowners | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Homeowners from different generations have benefited unequally from the past half-decade of national home value growth. While this period of uninterrupted home value growth has enabled millennial homeowners to fairly rapidly accumulate equity in more recently purchased homes, their older siblings in Generation X are in many cases only recouping losses in equity incurred during the Great Recession.
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Foreign investment in U.S. real estate surges 49%

Foreign investment in U.S. real estate surges 49% | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
This increase was fueled by an increase in sales dollar volume from Canadian buyers, but transactions grew in all five of the top countries, according to the 2017 Profile of International Activity in U.S. Residential Real Estate report from the National Association of Realtors.
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Office Sector's Anemic Recovery Continues In 2017, Ten-X Research Shows

Office Sector's Anemic Recovery Continues In 2017, Ten-X Research Shows | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Ten-X Commercial, the nation's leading online real estate digital marketplace, today released its latest U.S. Office Market Outlook, including the top five "Buy" and "Sell" markets for office properties. The analysis shows a sector that has continued its agonizingly slow recovery into 2017, but faces the prospect of rising cyclical risks associated with slower employment growth.
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IBM's Plan To Encrypt Unthinkable Amounts of Sensitive Data

IBM's Plan To Encrypt Unthinkable Amounts of Sensitive Data | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Now, IBM says it has a way to encrypt every level of a network, from applications to local databases and cloud services, thanks to a new mainframe that can power 12 billion encrypted transactions per day.
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Chicago Area New-home sales plunge after string of increases

Chicago Area New-home sales plunge after string of increases | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Builders sold 983 new homes in the 10-county metropolitan area in the second quarter, according to a report from Tracy Cross & Associates, which tracks city and suburban sales in developments of 10 units or more. That's a decline of more than 19 percent from 1,216 sales in the second quarter​ of 2016.
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California June home sales and price report

California June home sales and price report | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Amid the lowest housing inventory levels of the year, existing home sales in California took off in June to their highest pace in nearly four years as existing home sales and median home price recorded strong gains on both a monthly and annual basis for the second straight month, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) said today.  
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Wells Fargo, Citi, Chase results show 2017 will be a down year for big bank mortgages

Wells Fargo, Citi, Chase results show 2017 will be a down year for big bank mortgages | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Market observers were already predicting that 2017 would be a rough year for mortgages, at least compared to 2016.

So it shouldn’t have come as a surprise that when Wells Fargo, Citigroup, and JPMorgan Chase reported their financial results for the first half of the year mortgages were not a significant driver of revenue.
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