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REITs gain traction

REITs gain traction | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Although the economy will likely expand at a slower pace than initially forecasted for the year, real estate investment trusts continue to exceed expectations.
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Why 2015 Might Be the Year You Finally Sell Your House

Why 2015 Might Be the Year You Finally Sell Your House | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Home price gains are slowing, credit is thawing, and more first-time buyers may be hitting the real estate market in 2015.
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10 Of The Most Fabulous Housing Designs Of 2014

10 Of The Most Fabulous Housing Designs Of 2014 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
From a house dangling off a cliff to an apartment designed to make friends, here are the most ingenious residential designs of the year.
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Construction Costs Rising as Economy Improves

Construction Costs Rising as Economy Improves | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Building costs are rising at the fastest pace in six years, according to a new report by Rider Levett Bucknall, a property and construction consulting firm.
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Wells Fargo sued over mortgage securities

Wells Fargo sued over mortgage securities | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Wells Fargo & Co. was sued by the agency that oversees federal credit unions and accused of failing to protect investors while acting as trustee over securities backed by home loans that defaulted after the 2008 credit crisis.
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Molson Built An Epic Hockey Rink On Top Of A Mountain

Molson Built An Epic Hockey Rink On Top Of A Mountain | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

17 years ago, Andrei Lanochkin moved his family to Canada from Estonia to give his son Vitaly the opportunity to play more hockey and live a better life. Vitaly ended up going from skating on used figure skates to playing against Sidney Crosby in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League back in 2003 to 2005. 

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How to Protect Clients From Patent Trolls

How to Protect Clients From Patent Trolls | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

“Many of the gains that we recently predicted in the realtor.com 2015 Housing Forecast are built on housing growth established in 2014. Overall, this year’s housing market showed steady advances over 2013 with significant improvement in key housing metrics, despite some remaining challenges,” said Jonathan Smoke, chief economist for realtor.com.

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Here’s What Google’s First Custom-Built Self-Driving Car Looks Like Now

Here’s What Google’s First Custom-Built Self-Driving Car Looks Like Now | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Google has been working on self-driving cars for a few years now — but up until recently, they were mostly modifying the heck out of existing cars, not..
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Illinois median home prices increase 6.9 percent in November; Sales decline 9.5 percent

Illinois median home prices increase 6.9 percent in November; Sales decline 9.5 percent | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

“Sellers continue to see strong price gains as we move toward closing out 2014,” said Jim Kinney, ABR, CRB, CRS, GRI, president of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® and vice president for luxury sales for Baird & Warner in Chicago. “The year has seen a significant rebound in the real estate market, and the numbers this month provide optimism that price gains will continue into the new year.”

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FDA approves blood test that predicts risk of coronary heart disease

FDA approves blood test that predicts risk of coronary heart disease | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Coronary heart disease (CHD) kills more than 385,000 people in the United States each year, and more than half of those who die suddenly have no previous symptoms. A new blood test that could reduce CHD-related illness and mortality by predicting the risk of future heart disease has been cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

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What's the point of a curved TV?

What's the point of a curved TV? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Over the last year or so, we've seen a number of curved TVs hitting the market. Sure, they look slick and stand out from the crowd, but what, if anything makes a curved TV better than a flat one w...
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The 22 Most Expensive Homes Sold This Year

The 22 Most Expensive Homes Sold This Year | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The most expensive home ever sold in the US hit the record books in 2014, and several famous properties changed hands.

From celebrity-owned estates in Los Angeles to sky-high mansions in Manhattan, here are the most expensive homes sold in the US in 2014. 

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Chicago home sales continue slide as prices rise

Chicago home sales continue slide as prices rise | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Sales of existing homes in the Chicago region continued their slide in November, but prices continued to rise, according to data released Monday by the Illinois Association of Realtors.
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Home-price growth will stabilize around 4% through 2015

Home-price growth will stabilize around 4% through 2015 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Despite likely coming interest rate hikes and depressed energy prices, Capital Economics expects home-price growth to stabilize around 4% in 2015. Here's why.
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Black Knight Financial Services Files for IPO

Black Knight Financial Services Files for IPO | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Mortgage research firm Black Knight Financial Servicse has filed for an initial public offering, seeking to capitalize on a rebounding mortgage market. Fidelity National Financial owns a 67.1% stake in the company, with Thomas H. Lee Partners owning the balance.
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4 Wearables That Give You Superpowers

4 Wearables That Give You Superpowers | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Super strength. Super hearing. Super artistry. Super expression. The future of wearables is really a quest for human enhancement.
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Distressed Sales Accounted for 12 Percent of Total Home Sales in October 2014

Distressed Sales Accounted for 12 Percent of Total Home Sales in October 2014 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Distressed sales (REO and short sales) accounted for 11.9 percent of total home sales nationally in October 2014, a strong improvement from the same time a year ago when this category made up 15.6 percent of total sales. While the distressed share fell on a year-over-year basis for the 40th consecutive month...

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Calif - November pending and distressed sales report

Calif - November pending and distressed sales report | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

California’s pending home sales slowed down in November as seasonal factors kicked in and shrinking housing affordability remained an issue, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) said today. 

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The Right Way to Unplug When You’re on Vacation

The Right Way to Unplug When You’re on Vacation | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Vacations are for unplugging: we all need to escape the daily grind from time to time, after all. But that doesn’t have to mean unplugging from the entire internet. In fact, you may have a more enjoyable and meaningful vacation by staying connected-as long as you’re staying connected to fun, friends, and family, rather than to work.

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Wall Street investors have 13,000 homes they could dump on the South Florida market

Wall Street investors have 13,000 homes they could dump on the South Florida market | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Institutional investors were among the largest buyers of South Florida homes when the market hit bottom and now they have reason to become the largest sellers.
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Realtor.com: Jobs, low interest and tight inventory set stage for 2015 growth

Realtor.com: Jobs, low interest and tight inventory set stage for 2015 growth | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

“Many of the gains that we recently predicted in the realtor.com 2015 Housing Forecast are built on housing growth established in 2014. Overall, this year’s housing market showed steady advances over 2013 with significant improvement in key housing metrics, despite some remaining challenges,” said Jonathan Smoke, chief economist for realtor.com.

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Here’s what Ocwen did wrong

Here’s what Ocwen did wrong | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Many industry observers were waiting for the other shoe to drop when it came to Ocwen, and Monday it finally fell, right onto the head of William Erbey, Ocwen’s now-former chairman. A deeper look at the NYDFS investigation reveals just what Ocwen did wrong and the additional sanctions that could crush Ocwen’s business.
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Samsung reveals 34-inch curved ultra-wide monitor

Samsung reveals 34-inch curved ultra-wide monitor | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Samsung, a company generally regarded as one of the best display manufacturers out there, has just announced an impressive-looking 34-inch curved computer monitor. The company has already released...
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Elmspring accelerator announces partnership with Waterton Associates

Elmspring accelerator announces partnership with Waterton Associates | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Real estate accelerator Elmspring has announced a partnership with Chicago-based investment firm Waterton Associates — with the goal of fostering innovation in real estate technology.
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REA Group and iProperty Ink Marketing Partnership

REA Group and iProperty Ink Marketing Partnership | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The iProperty Group has announced a marketing partnership with REA Group which involves having reciprocal links between the home pages of iProperty Group’s sites and the REA Group's sites.
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Existing home sales collapse 6.1% in November

Existing home sales collapse 6.1% in November | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In the biggest drop since July 2010, existing home sales collapsed in November, despite record low rates and falling median home prices. What's happening? NAR says buyer uncertainty, but that doesn't seem likely.
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