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Barbara Corcoran teams up with Homes.com

Barbara Corcoran teams up with Homes.com | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Homes.com is partnering with Barbara Corcoran, one of the "sharks" on the hit ABC startup pitch show "Shark Tank," to raise the listing portal's visibility with consumers.
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Box's long road to Wall Street is finally over. Now comes the hard part.

Box's long road to Wall Street is finally over. Now comes the hard part. | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Box priced its stock at $14 a share on Thursday night, raising $175 million from the public offering and valuing the cloud storage company at about $1.6 billion. The stock, trading under the ticker $BOX, opened at $20.20 a share on Friday, up more than 40% over its IPO price, giving the company a market cap of about $2.5 billion

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Amazon to start collecting Illinois sales tax

Amazon to start collecting Illinois sales tax | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Amazon.com will start collecting sales tax from Illinois shoppers Feb. 1, the e-commerce giant said Friday, in compliance with a new state law that aims to treat online and brick-and-mortar retailers equally.
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NAR-Existing-Home Sales Rebound in December, 2014 Total Sales Finish 3 Percent Below 2013

NAR-Existing-Home Sales Rebound in December, 2014 Total Sales Finish 3 Percent Below 2013 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Despite low inventory conditions, existing-home sales bounced back in December and climbed above an annual pace of 5 million sales for the sixth time in seven months.
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National broker portal initiative raising seed money

National broker portal initiative raising seed money | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A group of multiple listing services, franchisors and brokers is on the hunt for seed money to build the first national MLS consumer-facing listing portal, an initiative that is being called the "National Broker Portal Project."
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New interactive map shows glimpse into the America of 2030

New interactive map shows glimpse into the America of 2030 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
We can already see that the population is aging and becoming more diverse, but how will those trends play out at the local and regional levels? See what your city will look like in 15 years with Ur ...
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Black Knight: Delinquencies drop 7% in December

Black Knight: Delinquencies drop 7% in December | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Delinquencies dropped by 7.2% in December, bringing the national delinquency rate back under 6% and down to 5.6% for the month, and nearly 13% down from this time last year. Here's what's happening.
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Zillow, Trulia merger expected to get FTC go-ahead

Zillow, Trulia merger expected to get FTC go-ahead | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
While shareholders approved the deal last month, there were a few hold-ups from regulators. By midday today the share price is up more than 5% for Trulia and more than 10% for Zillow.
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RealtyTrac Adds Data Industry Veteran Jon Cohn to Expand Data Product Offerings

RealtyTrac Adds Data Industry Veteran Jon Cohn to Expand Data Product Offerings | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
IRVINE, CA--(Marketwired - Jan 22, 2015) - RealtyTrac® (www.realtytrac.com), the nation's leading source for comprehensive housing data, announced today that 30+ year data industry veteran and product management innovation executive Jon Cohn has joined the company as Senior Vice President of Data Products. In this role, Jon will leverage RealtyTrac's expansive...
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FHFA: Home prices gain 0.8% in November

FHFA: Home prices gain 0.8% in November | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Federal Housing Finance Agency home price index shows that home prices gained 0.8% in November, following a 0.4% rise the month before. Here are the details.
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Zillow Chief Economist, HUD Secretary Talk Housing Following SOTU, Castro Calls 2015 ‘Year for Housing Opportunity’

Zillow Chief Economist, HUD Secretary Talk Housing Following SOTU, Castro Calls 2015 ‘Year for Housing Opportunity’ | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Following on the heels of President Barack Obama’s second­to­last State of the Union Address, during which he made a passing reference to the changes made at the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), HUD Secretary Julián Castro sat down at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., for a live fireside chat with Zillow Chief Economist Stan Humphries on Wednesday, January 21.

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President Obama's FHA Fee Reduction Expected to Stimulate Housing Market

President Obama's FHA Fee Reduction Expected to Stimulate Housing Market | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Freedom Mortgage Corporation, a privately held, full-service mortgage lender licensed in all 50 states, has announced it is hiring as many as 500 new employees to accommodate anticipated volume growth following President Obama's reduction of FHA mortgage insurance premiums (MIP). 

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Seriously underwater properties decrease 2.2 million in 2014

Seriously underwater properties decrease 2.2 million in 2014 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

There were 7,052,570 U.S. residential properties seriously underwater — where the combined loan amount secured by the property is at least 25% higher than the property’s estimated market value — representing 13% of all properties with a mortgage at the end of 2014, according to the latest report from RealtyTrac.

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Even more proof that distractions are ruining your productivity

Even more proof that distractions are ruining your productivity | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
You might want to persuade your boss to scrap those open-office plans. A study from Michigan State University found that distractions — even short ones lasting less than three s...
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Move Announces New Executive Roles to Strengthen Association Relationships

Move Announces New Executive Roles to Strengthen Association Relationships | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Having spent three years as the CEO of a state REALTOR® association, I know first-hand how important and influential state and local associations are in helping members navigate their businesses. For that reason, I am pleased to announce the appointments of veteran industry executives Mark Allen and Don Flynn to key leadership roles within the Move, Inc. industry relations organization.

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Ocwen sued by investors for mortgage payment negligence

Ocwen sued by investors for mortgage payment negligence | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Some of the country’s biggest mortgage bond investors, reportedly including BlackRock, MetLife, and Pimco, are preparing to sue Ocwen, saying that the beleaguered nonbank failed to properly collect payments on $82 billion of home loans.
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Preprinted real estate contracts could get you fined

Preprinted real estate contracts could get you fined | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Preprinting the names of third-party service providers onto your real estate contracts when your brokerage has a professional affiliation with that provider is a surefire way to attract the attention of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). And when it shines a spotlight, the revelations can be costly.

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Calif December pending sales and Market Pulse

Calif December pending sales and Market Pulse | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Pending home sales posted higher on a year-over-year basis for the first time since January 2013 and as expected, declined from the previous month due primarily to a seasonal slowdown toward th

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2015 Gates Annual Letter

2015 Gates Annual Letter | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
See how the lives of people in poor countries will improve faster in the next 15 years than they have in any other time in history. And join us!
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Illinois home prices climb 3.7 percent in December

Illinois home prices climb 3.7 percent in December | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Illinois home prices continued to recover with median prices showing year-over-year gains every month in 2014. Home sales, while modestly lower than 2013, pointed toward a stabilizing market, according to the latest reportfrom the Illinois Association of REALTORS®.

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CFPB goes after Wells Fargo, JPMorgan for mortgage kickback scheme

CFPB goes after Wells Fargo, JPMorgan for mortgage kickback scheme | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has taken action on two of the country's biggest banks: Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase. Both banks were investigated for an illegal marketing services kickback scheme they participated in with Genuine Title. And while these banks' actions were cited in the CFPB’s proposal, another bank was left out of the mix due to its good behavior.
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Ocwen's Troubles Cause Altisource To Trim Workforce By 800

Ocwen's Troubles Cause Altisource To Trim Workforce By 800 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Altisource Portfolio Solutions, a provider of default servicing technology and other services to the mortgage banking industry, is cutting more than 800 jobs both domestically and overseas mainly due to shrinking revenue at its biggest client, mortgage servicer Ocwen Financial, which has seen a slew of regulatory actions and lawsuits during the past two years.

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When It Comes to Data, Skepticism Matters

When It Comes to Data, Skepticism Matters | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Managers should rarely take an important analysis at face value. They should almost always dig into the data and develop a deeper understanding of the hidden insights that lie within. Sometimes there are real gems awaiting discovery. Other times the data contain some truly snarky beasts, and failing to spot them soon enough presages real danger.

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Seth's Blog: Optimistic time (vs. honest time)

Seth's Blog: Optimistic time (vs. honest time) | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Optimistic time seems like a good idea. "We'll ship in January." "The conference will start at noon." "I'll be there in ten minutes." The hope is that the expectation of completion will raise our expectations and increase the chances that...
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GIF-iti artist takes mindblowing street art to next level

GIF-iti artist takes mindblowing street art to next level | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
GIF-iti artist INSA has created the world's largest GIF artwork that can be viewed from space.
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UBS Group acquires passive stake in Trulia, Zillow

UBS Group acquires passive stake in Trulia, Zillow | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The international financial services firm is taking a stake in the two online real estate giants. Here's what we know so far.
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