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Congress allows HUD to improve reverse mortgage program

Congress allows HUD to improve reverse mortgage program | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Both chambers of Congress greenlighted legislation aimed at reducing risk for reverse mortgage borrowers. Late Tuesday, the Senate followed the House by passing The Reverse Mortgage Stabilization Act.
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Sesame smart lock opens your door with a secret knock

Sesame smart lock opens your door with a secret knock | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
If you're looking to smarten up your locks to make your home more secure, you're not exactly short of options. But the makers of Sesame say smart locks could be a little more intuitive, and have d...
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Hudson & Marshall and Genesis Auctions create real estate auction powerhouse

Hudson & Marshall and Genesis Auctions create real estate auction powerhouse | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Hudson & Marshall and Genesis Auctions are joining forces to create a technology driven auction powerhouse to meet the growing needs of clients with a full suite offering of auction solutions.
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FCC Vacates Restrictions On Muni-Broadband

FCC Vacates Restrictions On Muni-Broadband | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The FCC voted 3-2 to invalidate state laws that restrict towns from building their own fiber-optic networks. As with net neutrality, the muni-broadband vote broke down along partisan lines, with the three Democrats voting to preempt state laws and the two Republicans opposing the measure.

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Black Knight: Delinquencies continue downward trend

Black Knight: Delinquencies continue downward trend | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Delinquencies continued to trend down and dropped 11% from January 2014. On the other hand, January’s 94,300 foreclosure starts marked the highest level of starts since December 2013.
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Home Prices Grew at Twice the Rate of Inflation in 2014 According to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices

Home Prices Grew at Twice the Rate of Inflation in 2014 According to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Data through December 2014 shows a slight uptick in home prices across the country. Nine cities reported monthly increases in prices. S&P/Case-Shiller Home
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Apple ordered to pay $533 million in iTunes patent lawsuit

Apple ordered to pay $533 million in iTunes patent lawsuit | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The world's most valuable company was ordered by a federal jury to pay $532.9 million to Smartflash, a tiny Texas company that alleged that Apple willfully infringed on its intellectual property by using its patented technology in Apple's iTunes software.

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The secret to great PR

The secret to great PR | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
“The best things in life are free. The second best are very expensive.” – Coco Chanel A typical day for me as a reporter for Inman News meant being carpet bombed with press releases and story pitches from log in to log out. I’d get the email, then shortly after, the urgent call. A young … Continued
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Bill Erbey's losses become Wes Edens' gain

Bill Erbey's losses become Wes Edens' gain | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Wes Edens is coming after Bill Erbey. Two of Edens’ companies announced on Monday separate acquisitions of two former Erbey holdings — one of Ocwen Financial’s mortgage rights portfolio and a loan ...
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Realogy 4Q revenue rises 3%

Realogy 4Q revenue rises 3% | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
It was a strong quarter for Realogy Holdings. The company was involved in approximately 27% of U.S. existing homesale transaction volume involving a real estate brokerage firm -- a full percentage point gain in market penetration compared to 2013.
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Things I've Learned About Sending Email, for Web Designers and Developers

Things I've Learned About Sending Email, for Web Designers and Developers | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

In 2013 I joined Mailgun, an email service acquired by Rackspace. Since joining the team I've learned a lot about building email, sending email and the industry that I knew little to nothing about before. Some might be obvious to you, some not so much.

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NAR-Existing-Home Sales Cool in January As Available Inventory Remains Subdued

NAR-Existing-Home Sales Cool in January As Available Inventory Remains Subdued | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Existing-home sales declined in January to their lowest rate in nine months, but the pace was higher than a year ago for the fourth straight month, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All major regions experienced declines in January, with the Northeast and West seeing the largest.

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Solutionstar adds Deva Kannan as chief information officer

Solutionstar adds Deva Kannan as chief information officer | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
As chief information officer, Kannan will lead the company’s technology and information service initiatives. One of his first projects will be the build-out of two research and development facilities in Seattle, Wash., and Chennai, India, the company said.
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Nationstar snaps up $9.8B MSR portfolio from Ocwen

Nationstar snaps up $9.8B MSR portfolio from Ocwen | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In the latest news for Ocwen Loan Servicing, the mortgage servicer is selling the residential mortgage servicing rights on a $9.8 billion portfolio to Nationstar Mortgage, potentially marking the beginning of more servicing transfers.
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Nationstar generated core EPS of $2.86 per share, up 61% from 2013,

Nationstar generated core EPS of $2.86 per share, up 61% from 2013, | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

For the full year, net income surged to $221 million, or $2.45 per share, up from $217 million, or $2.40 per share for full-year 2013.

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Net Neutrality Prevails In Historic FCC Vote

Net Neutrality Prevails In Historic FCC Vote | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to approve strong net neutrality rules in a stunning decision, defying vocal, months-long opposition by telecom and cable companies and Republicans on Capitol Hill.

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Cities with the Fastest Increasing Home Values

Cities with the Fastest Increasing Home Values | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Homeowners saw the equity in their homes plummet in the Great Recession, so NerdWallet's Courtney Miller and her research team used Zillow data to rank the places where home values are increasing the fastest.
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CoreLogic delivers strong 2014 despite 40% decline in mortgage volume

CoreLogic delivers strong 2014 despite 40% decline in mortgage volume | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Citing continuing growth in its data and analytics division that counteracted a shrinking mortgage market, CoreLogic reported revenues of $1.4 billion for 2014, the same amount the property information, analytics and data-enabled services provider recorded in 2013.
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California January pending sales and Market Pulse Survey

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Additionally, California REALTORS® responding to C.A.R.’s January Market Pulse Survey saw more price reductions and an increase in open house traffic, compared to a year ago.  The Market Pulse Survey is a new monthly online survey of more than 300 California REALTORS® to measure sentiment about their last closed transaction and business activity for the previous month and the last year.

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Milwaukee Bucks' Wes Edens invests $150M in startup fund: Bloomberg

Milwaukee Bucks' Wes Edens invests $150M in startup fund: Bloomberg | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
While Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Wes Edens remains focused on finalizing a downtown arena site, his New York City investment firm continues making big investments — including one involving $150 million of his own money — that generate headlines in the financial press.
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Court rules ListHub must continue to provide listing data to Trulia

Court rules ListHub must continue to provide listing data to Trulia | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Realtors, real estate agents and brokers who were worried that their listings were going to disappear from Trulia by the end of the week, can breathe a sigh of relief, at least for now. That’s because the latest round in the battle between Move and the Zillow Group — over Move-owned ListHub’s decision to terminate its listing agreement with Trulia — is a victory for Zillow.
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Toll Brothers' net income jumps 78%

Toll Brothers' net income jumps 78% | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

"Momentum continues to build as we begin the spring selling season. In our first quarter, we achieved 24% growth in the dollar value of signed contracts. Since the start of the second quarter, the number of signed contracts is up 13%,” said Douglas Yearley, Jr., Toll Brothers' CEO.

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Frank Lloyd Wright Finally Gets The Web Presence He Deserves

Frank Lloyd Wright Finally Gets The Web Presence He Deserves | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Eight and a Half gives the architect's foundation a 21st-century update that reflects the Frank Lloyd Wright design ethos.
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Raht Racer velomobile may let riders pedal

Raht Racer velomobile may let riders pedal | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Human-powered velomobiles can't go as fast as automobiles, meaning that they often have to be ridden along the edge of the road. The electric-assist Raht Racer, however, amplifies the rider's ped...
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New Residential to buy Home Loan Servicing Solutions for $1.3 billion

New Residential to buy Home Loan Servicing Solutions for $1.3 billion | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
It appears that Home Loan Servicing Solutions was listening to the growing chorus of investors who wanted the company to separate itself from embattled nonbank Ocwen Financial. Early Monday morning, Home Loan Servicing Solutions announced that it entered into a definitive merger agreement with New Residential Investment. The final price tag? $1.3 billion.
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