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Uncanny Portraits Visualize The Power of Genetics

Uncanny Portraits Visualize The Power of Genetics | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

A prominent technology columnist got science journalists into a tizzy last week when she proclaimed that she was a creationist. She probably didn’t really mean it, but the next time someone expresses doubt over basic, empirically validated facts of how living things evolve, point them toward a portrait collection called "Genetics Are Awesome"-- it could help you show them the light.

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Solutionstar Names EVP for Servicing Solutions Business

Solutionstar Names EVP for Servicing Solutions Business | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Neel joins Solutionstar from McCarthy and Holthus, LLP, where he was director of corporate strategy. Earlier in his career, he served as senior managing director and division president for more than a decade at Lender Processing Services, where he oversaw several different business units.

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FHFA to retain higher loan limits for 2015

FHFA to retain higher loan limits for 2015 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) today issued the following statement in response to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) announcement to keep the 2015 maximum conforming loan limits for mortgages acquired by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac at $417,000 on one-unit properties in most areas and a cap of $625,500 in high-cost areas.

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Seth's Blog: The last minute glitch

Seth's Blog: The last minute glitch | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
I got a note from Joni Mitchell yesterday. Well, not just me. Everyone who got her new boxed set got the note. The note takes responsibility for some of the tracks on the CD not matching the order of the...
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Higher fees proposed for FHA mortgages

Higher fees proposed for FHA mortgages | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A provision in the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2015 could cost mortgage lenders more money than necessary. At least that is what the Mortgage Bankers Association argues in this letter.
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Fannie Mae partners with Detroit to demolish foreclosed homes

Fannie Mae partners with Detroit to demolish foreclosed homes | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In what the parties are calling an “initial transaction,” Fannie announced that it will sell 44 foreclosed properties to the Detroit Land Bank Authority “for a nominal fee,” and contribute funds for the demolition of some of the properties.
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Home prices dropped in September for the first time since January

Home prices dropped in September for the first time since January | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
At the national level, Black Knight’s September home price index reports that U.S. home prices were down slightly in September - the first time any decrease had been observed since January 2014.
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Sixth Circuit won’t pierce corporate veil in class action...

Sixth Circuit won’t pierce corporate veil in class action... | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
CINCINNATI (Legal Newsline) – A federal appeals court has ruled that circumstantial evidence is insufficient to support "piercing the corporate veil" in a class action lawsuit against real estate companies. The three-judge panel stated that, after its own independent review of the record, it...
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FTC takes on a patent troll

FTC takes on a patent troll | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Tackling the issue of patent trolls for the first time, the Federal Trade Commission charged MPHJ Technology Investments, LLC and its law firm Farney Daniels with making deceptive claims and fake legal threats accusing small businesses of patent infringement.

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16 time-lapse videos that floored us in 2014

16 time-lapse videos that floored us in 2014 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A collection of the most compelling and beautiful time-lapse videos from 2014.
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Black Knight: Mortgage delinquency rate drops to 7-year low

Black Knight: Mortgage delinquency rate drops to 7-year low | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The mortgage delinquency rate declined in October to a seven-year low, according to Black Knight Financial Services’ “First Look” at the October mortgage data. October also saw a rise in prepayments for the first time since July, which Black Knight said is “historically a good indicator of refinance activity.”
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Silicon Valley Job Title Generator

Silicon Valley Job Title Generator | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Silicon Valley is no stranger to parody, given the startup culture's rapid creation of buzzwords and unusual job titles. The Silicon Vally job title generator Tumblr is a solid example of how many are fed up with the high-vocabulary, low-meaning nature of some of the industry's cushier jobs.

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Solutionstar Announces Strategic Acquisition of Title365

Solutionstar Announces Strategic Acquisition of Title365 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

As part of its continuing growth as the nation’s premier real estate technology company, Solutionstar Holdings LLC, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc. (NYSE: NSM) (“Nationstar”), today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Experience 1, Inc., the holding company for Title365 and technology subsidiaries X1 Labs and X1 Xpress (collectively, “Title365”).

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Passing of Beverly Faull

Passing of Beverly Faull | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The DPR team is heartbroken to share the news that our colleague and dear friend, Beverly Faull passed away earlier this week after a brave battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. An accomplished real estate industry veteran, Beverly became a member of the Down Payment Resource team in 2009 and recently celebrated her fifth anniversary with the company.

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Goldman Sachs launches first jumbo mortgage bond since crisis

Goldman Sachs launches first jumbo mortgage bond since crisis | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
One of the most notorious names from the mortgage crisis is back. Goldman Sachs, which was at the forefront of the toxic mortgage crisis that nearly crippled the U.S. economy, is preparing to launch its first post-crisis prime jumbo residential mortgage-backed securitization.
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Pending Home Sales Slow in October but Remain Higher Than a Year Ago

Pending Home Sales Slow in October but Remain Higher Than a Year Ago | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Pending home sales declined in October but remained at a healthy level of activity and are above year-over-year levels for the second straight month.
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S&P Case-Shiller: Home-price growth maintains downward trend

S&P Case-Shiller: Home-price growth maintains downward trend | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The pace of home price growth continues its downward trend as top cities across the country report a slight decline in price increases.
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News Corp Expands into Fast Growing Digital Real Estate Sector in India

News Corp Expands into Fast Growing Digital Real Estate Sector in India | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
News Corp announced today that it has acquired a 25% stake in the parent company of PropTiger.com, a leading digital real estate marketing platfo
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CFPB proposes 7 big changes to foreclosure process for mortgage servicers

CFPB proposes 7 big changes to foreclosure process for mortgage servicers | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is proposing additional measures to ensure that homeowners are treated fairly by mortgage servicers. Here are the key changes.
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23 Gorgeous Photos That You Won't Believe Weren't Photoshopped

23 Gorgeous Photos That You Won't Believe Weren't Photoshopped | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Jee Young Lee is a 30-something artist who creates amazing, surreal scenes in her small studio in Seoul, South Korea. 

 

She doesn't use Photoshop or any other program to manipulate her photos (a rarity these days!), so each highly elaborate set can take weeks or even months to construct. 

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U.S. Home Prices Decelerated Further in September, Says S&P/Case-Shiller

U.S. Home Prices Decelerated Further in September, Says S&P/Case-Shiller | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The home price index covering the entire nation increased 4.8% in the 12 months ended in September, said the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index report. That is down from 5.1% in August.

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RealtyTrac Launches Expansive Data Mining Platform

RealtyTrac Launches Expansive Data Mining Platform | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
California-based comprehensive real estate data provider RealtyTrac has announced the launch of an expanded version of its MEGA Lead Generation Platform.
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Did FHFA’s Watt open the door to ending Fannie, Freddie conservatorship?

Did FHFA’s Watt open the door to ending Fannie, Freddie conservatorship? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
When Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt spoke before the Senate Banking Committee on Wednesday he opened the door to the possibility of ending the GSE conservatorship.
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Low interest rates drive refinances to six-month high

Low interest rates drive refinances to six-month high | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Low rates are creating opportunities for homeowners to either lower their payments or capitalize on their homes’ equity, said Jonathan Corr, president and COO of Ellie Mae.
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Real Estate Market Requires Rehab For A Full Recovery

Real Estate Market Requires Rehab For A Full Recovery | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Economists see deep cracks in the housing market's foundation, from weak job formation and pay issues to properties that don't meet buyers' needs or wants.
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FCC Postpones Vote On Net Neutrality Until Next Year

FCC Postpones Vote On Net Neutrality Until Next Year | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
To the disappointment of net neutrality advocates, it looks like the Federal Communications Commission will put off a decision on net neutrality until at least next year. The agency's tentative agenda
for its Dec. 11 meeting, released this afternoon, doesn't include a vote on open Internet rules.
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