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Uber To Purchase 2,500 Driverless Cars From Google

Uber To Purchase 2,500 Driverless Cars From Google | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

As part of its second-quarter earnings announcement today, local transportation and delivery giant Uber announced its biggest bet on autonomous vehicles yet, saying it would purchase 2,500 driverless cars from Google. In addition, the two companies have agreed to a deal in which Uber will share data from its local transportation services with Google, which will use it to further improve its own autonomous car-routing algorithms.

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15 words you should eliminate from your vocabulary to sound smarter

15 words you should eliminate from your vocabulary to sound smarter | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
People don't have the time or the attention span to read any more words than necessary. You want your readers to hear you out, understand your message, and perhaps be entertained, right? Here's a list of words to eliminate to help you write more succinctly.
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You'd Never Guess These Gorgeous, Net-Zero Houses Were Built In A Factory

You'd Never Guess These Gorgeous, Net-Zero Houses Were Built In A Factory | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Affordable, high-quality prefab homes have always been a dream not quite within reach. The market today is limited (only 2% of new single-family homes), and known for flimsy cookie-cutter models that don’t appeal to most mainstream Americans.
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Zillow Rental Network Increases Partnerships by 84% YOY | Zillow Pros Blog

Zillow Rental Network Increases Partnerships by 84% YOY | Zillow Pros Blog | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
More and more of the largest property management companies are choosing to include the Zillow Rental Network in their marketing strategy, with nearly 90 percent of the National Multifamily Housing Council’s 50 Largest Apartment Managers counting themselves as Zillow Rental Network customers.
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Google extends Android voice search to Zillow, Shazam, NPR

Google extends Android voice search to Zillow, Shazam, NPR | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
“OK Google, where are the open houses in Chicago?” That’s a question that might yield a useful response for Android users, now that Zillow’s real estate service is integrated into Google’s voice search.
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Phoenix bans plywood for vacant REOs

Phoenix bans plywood for vacant REOs | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Phoenix residents and government officials decided to take a stand against blight and now is one of the first cities to start mandating the use of reinforced plastic to cover windows instead of plywood.
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Beyond E-Signatures

Beyond E-Signatures | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
To get perspective on where the industry is today with e-signatures and related technologies, and where it is headed, I recently had a conversation with Andy Wang, the director of financial services solutions at DocuSign.
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Redfin Appoints Bridget Frey as Chief Technology Officer

Redfin Appoints Bridget Frey as Chief Technology Officer | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Redfin (www.redfin.com), the next-generation real estate brokerage, today announced the appointment of Bridget Frey to the role of chief technology officer. Frey most recently served as senior vice president of engineering at Redfin and has been with the company since 2011. As chief technology officer, Frey will lead the entire engineering organization in Seattle and San Francisco, reporting to Redfin chief executive officer Glenn Kelman.
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World's longest glass skywalk opens in China

World's longest glass skywalk opens in China | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The world's longest glass-bottomed cantilever skywalk has been opened to tourists at the Longgang National Geological Park, Chongqing, China. The stunning walkway stretches an impressive 26.64 m (87.4 ft) into thin air, offering a breathtaking vista of the landscape.
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CFPB, Maryland AG take action against pay-to-play mortgage-kickback scheme

CFPB, Maryland AG take action against pay-to-play mortgage-kickback scheme | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In a complaint filed in federal court, the CFPB and Maryland allege that the Maryland-based title company’s executives and the named loan officers traded cash and marketing services in exchange for mortgage referrals. Under proposed consent orders filed today, if entered by the court, five of the six individual defendants would be banned from the mortgage industry and required to pay a total of $662,500 in redress and penalties.
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New York cracks down on title insurers for kickbacks

New York cracks down on title insurers for kickbacks | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The state of New York is cracking down on the title insurance industry after a New York Department of Financial Services investigation found that some title insurers are providing kickbacks in exchange for business and passing those costs along to consumers by significantly inflating title insurance premiums.
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Pending Home Sales Increase in March for Third Consecutive Month

Pending Home Sales Increase in March for Third Consecutive Month | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Pending Home Sales Index,* a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, climbed 1.1 percent to 108.6 in March from an upward revision of 107.4 in February and is now 11.1 percent above March 2014 (97.7). The index has now increased year-over-year for seven consecutive months and is at its highest level since June 2013 (109.4).
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These Pretty City Maps Were Drawn By Our Paths Through Them

These Pretty City Maps Were Drawn By Our Paths Through Them | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Mapbox, the Washington, D.C.-based mapping company that provides public mapping tools under an open source philosophy and works with clients like Square, Evernote, and Foursquare, produced the Flickr photography maps using metadata gleaned by scraping the data from publicly available pictures on the site.
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Freddie Mac selling $233 million pool of Ocwen-serviced loans

Freddie Mac selling $233 million pool of Ocwen-serviced loans | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Freddie Mac announced Tuesday that it is preparing to auction off a $233 million pool of non-performing loans, which are serviced by Ocwen Financial (OCN).
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Realogy Holdings reports $1.1B revenue in 1Q

Realogy Holdings reports $1.1B revenue in 1Q | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Realogy Holdings Corp. (RLGY) reported a first quarter loss of $0.22 per share, still $0.02 better than analyst expectations of a $0.24 loss as revenues rose 5.5% year over year to $1.1 billion.
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How Bitcoin Technology Could Make Home Buying Hassle-Free

How Bitcoin Technology Could Make Home Buying Hassle-Free | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Insert block chains: a relatively new and promising technology that could transform the way we digitally exchange value, similarly to how Internet protocols, like TCP/IP, transformed the way we exchanged information.

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Naivete at its best.

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Fortress Revs Mortgage Machine as Its Buyout Funds Stall

Fortress Revs Mortgage Machine as Its Buyout Funds Stall | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Edens saw an opening after the housing crash to take advantage of regulatory changes and drive into the mortgage servicing business. Fortress built Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc. into a firm that’s now poised to become the No. 1 nonbank servicer. He accomplished that with financing from the REIT and a private-equity fund that’s also earning robust returns.
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The 15 hottest markets for homebuyers and sellers this spring

The 15 hottest markets for homebuyers and sellers this spring | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Spring ushers in the start of the busiest home-buying season, and according to Realtor.com’s Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke, supply and demand have gained strong momentum, bringing these 15 markets to the top of the list this year.
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Judge Throws The Book At Patent Troll

Judge Throws The Book At Patent Troll | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Seriously, what kind of shenanigans do you have to be up to for every single member of your in-house legal department and outside law firm to be disqualified from a case?
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Tesla unveils battery storage system for home, business and utility use

Tesla unveils battery storage system for home, business and utility use | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Tesla home battery system hinted at by CEO Elon Musk several months ago has finally been unveiled by Musk himself at the company’s design studio in Hawthorne, California. Dubbed the Powerwall, the stationary home battery offers 10 kWh of storage capacity for the relatively modest price of US$3,500. A smaller unit is also available at 7 kWh for $3,000, and homeowners can stack multiple units if needed.
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Microsoft announces Office plug-ins for Uber, LinkedIn and DocuSign

Microsoft announces Office plug-ins for Uber, LinkedIn and DocuSign | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The add-ins will work across different platforms. Among the first companies to take advantage are DocuSign, which now integrates its electronic signatures with Word, and SAP, which runs in Excel. Plug-ins for Outlook, from LinkedIn and Salesforce, will offer more information and context about people who have emailed you pulled from their own data
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Use Email To Overcome The Customer 'Experience Void'

Use Email To Overcome The Customer 'Experience Void' | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Many of the findings point to opportunities where marketers can use or improve email to reduce what the study called "the engagement void." Below are some key findings from the study and what email marketers can do to help their companies shrink the gap.
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MBA's Cosgrove: The importance of nonbanks in the mortgage market

MBA's Cosgrove: The importance of nonbanks in the mortgage market | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The diversity of business models and charters in our mortgage market is one of its strengths. Big banks, small banks, non-depositories, credit unions, REITs, the list goes on. When market factors impact the ability of one sector to meet consumer needs, lenders with different business models are able to fill the gap.
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Facebook Is Shutting Down Its API For Giving Your Friends’ Data To Apps

Facebook Is Shutting Down Its API For Giving Your Friends’ Data To Apps | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Some users will see it as a positive move that returns control of personal data to its rightful owners. Just because you’re friends with someone, doesn’t mean you necessarily trust their judgment about what developers are safe to deal with. Now, each user will control their own data destiny.
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The Facebook Effect (On Real Estate Prices)

The Facebook Effect (On Real Estate Prices) | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Four years ago, Facebook announced that they were decamping to Menlo Park from their longstanding home of Palo Alto. Just last month, the company finally cut the ribbons on a beautiful 430,000-square foot building designed by Frank Gehry that is basically one giant, open-air room with an enormous park on top.
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Is Ellie Mae headed for another record year?

Is Ellie Mae headed for another record year? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The company reported record revenue in fourth quarter of 2014, with its net income rising 153% from the same period in 2013. The company’s fourth quarter performance completed a record year for Ellie Mae, in which the company posted record revenue of $161.5 million, up 26% from $128.5 million in 2013.
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