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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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How dangerous are the threat of kill chain attacks on IoT?

How dangerous are the threat of kill chain attacks on IoT? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
According to recent research from IDC, it is forecasted that there will be 200 billion connected IoT devices by the end of 2020. And while connected, autonomous technology will clearly increase efficiency and productivity, businesses and individuals alike should not underestimate the risks posed by IoT.
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FHFA index shows home price growth slowed in May

FHFA index shows home price growth slowed in May | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Home prices continue to hit new highs with the latest increase in May, a slowdown from April’s increase but still up month-over-month, according to the House Price Index released by the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Home prices increased 0.4% monthly in May, according to the seasonally adjusted monthly House Price Index. This is down from the downwardly revised increase of 0.6% in April. Year-over-year, home prices increased 6.9%.
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Will Apple map your home with iRobot's Roomba?

Will Apple map your home with iRobot's Roomba? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
"There's an entire ecosystem of things and services that the smart home can deliver once you have a rich map of the home that the user has allowed to be shared," Colin Angle, company chief executive told Reuters.
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NAR - Existing-Home Sales Retreat 1.8 Percent in June

NAR - Existing-Home Sales Retreat 1.8 Percent in June | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Total existing-home sales1, https://www.nar.realtor/topics/existing-home-sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, decreased 1.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.52 million in June from 5.62 million in May. Despite last month's decline, June's sales pace is 0.7 percent above a year ago, but is the second lowest of 2017 (February, 5.47 million).
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Illinois median prices climb in June while home sales hold steady

Illinois median prices climb in June while home sales hold steady | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in June 2017 totaled 19,066 homes sold, up 0.3 percent from 19,001 in June 2016.

The statewide median price in June was $216,000, up 5.9 percent from June 2016, when the median price was $204,000. The median is a typical market price where half the homes sold for more and half sold for less.
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The Bulk-Bidding Boom

The Bulk-Bidding Boom | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A major industry trend of the last four years has been the explosion in the volume of loans being sold through a bulk-bid-style transaction. This article explores the emergence of this trend, how it differs from past strategies, how it can benefit originators, how to take advantage of those benefits, what to avoid, and whether this trend will persist.
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The 50 best restaurants in America

The 50 best restaurants in America | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A great meal at an outstanding restaurant can be a life-changing experience. But with new places popping up every day, it can be difficult to decide which spots are worth your time — and hard-earned cash.

We combined six noteworthy lists compiled by food critics, experts, and diners to come up with a definitive ranking of the best restaurants in the country.
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Delta allows passengers to board flights with a fingerprint

The move is part of Delta's biometric boarding pass experience which it actually began testing back in May, alongside trials of facial recognition technology for baggage drops. That initial testing appears to have gone well, with the airline now rolling out fingerprint scanning at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
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It takes me 3 tries to log on to my iPhone - I'm sure Delta's system is much better. No one will have issues with registering their fingerprints with a private company.

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Wisconsin Company Employees To Get Microchips Implanted

Wisconsin Company Employees To Get Microchips Implanted | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
RFID chips use electromagnetic fields to identify electronically stored information. The chips are about the size of a grain of rice and are implanted between the thumb and forefinger. They use NFC technology like that used for contactless mobile payments.
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ShowingTime Showing Index™

ShowingTime Showing Index™ | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The ShowingTime Showing Index™ tracks the average number of buyer showings on active residential properties on a monthly basis, a highly reliable leading indicator of current and future demand trends.
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This Glove Translates Sign Language Into Speech

This Glove Translates Sign Language Into Speech | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
To use it, you simply put the glove on and start signing. The glove translates the signs in real time into sentences that appear on a small screen on the wrist, which can then be read out loud using a small speaker.
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DocuSign aiming for IPO by early 2018, CEO says

DocuSign aiming for IPO by early 2018, CEO says | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The San Francisco-based company, which facilitates electronic signature and digital document management, is looking at the public market with its new chief executive and partnerships with major technology companies. In the run up, the company is getting close to breakeven on a cash flow basis and moving further into the payments space.
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Wells Fargo to Pilot Digital “Control Tower” Experience to Help Simplify Customers’ Online Financial Lives

Wells Fargo to Pilot Digital “Control Tower” Experience to Help Simplify Customers’ Online Financial Lives | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
“By integrating a comprehensive view of customers’ Wells Fargo personal finance information and access points into one experience, this new experience streamlines customers’ digital footprint and enables them to manage their personal finances with ease from one single and secure place.”
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Case-Shiller: Housing is not repeating the bubble period

Case-Shiller: Housing is not repeating the bubble period | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index, which covers all nine U.S. census divisions, increased 5.6% in May, the same increase as the month before. Before seasonal adjustment, the National Index increased 1% from May, however after seasonal adjustment, it increased just 0.2%.
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U.K. home sold on Facebook live fetches £467,000

U.K. home sold on Facebook live fetches £467,000 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Over 20,000 people viewed the property via Housesimple’s Facebook page and the deal has now gone through with the purchaser paying £467,000.
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The International Space Station is on Google Maps and it is mega rad 

The International Space Station is on Google Maps and it is mega rad  | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Wander around the modules, click on informative links about extra vehicular mobility movements, galley tables and hatches. Inspect the mutiny of tubes and seatbelt like straps and imagine how they could all possibly be necessary. All without actually having to be in space!
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Calif June pending home sales and Market Pulse Survey

Calif June pending home sales and Market Pulse Survey | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
• Based on signed contracts, year-over-year statewide pending home sales fell for the sixth straight month in June on a seasonally adjusted basis, with the Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI)* declining 0.9 percent from 119.0 in June 2016 to 117.9 in June 2017. California pending home sales also slipped on a monthly basis, decreasing 0.6 percent from the May index of 118.7. 
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Fla. housing market: Higher prices and more sales in June

Fla. housing market: Higher prices and more sales in June | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
"More homeowners decided it was time to sell in June, resulting in an increase of new listings in Florida by 4.2 percent," says 2017 Florida Realtors President Maria Wells, broker-owner with Lifestyle Realty Group in Stuart. "However, this slight increase in June is not easing the market and inventory remains tight. Homes continue to sell quickly, which resulted in an increase of pending sales, which rose 2.2 percent.
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The absolute dominance of Google Chrome, in one chart

The absolute dominance of Google Chrome, in one chart | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A little under nine years into its existence, Chrome is still far and away the most-used web browser in the world, according to StatCounter data charted for us by Statista.
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Microsoft Rolls Out AI-based Security Risk Detection Tool

Microsoft Rolls Out AI-based Security Risk Detection Tool | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
SRD, announced last September, aims to eliminate the headache of handling bugs, crashes, and attack response by automating fuzz testing. Businesses traditionally hire security experts to conduct fuzz testing, if they do it at all. Many lack expertise to properly test software, which is a problem as more programs are created and security is increasingly important.
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China's dizzying 'Bicycle Skyway' can handle over 2,000 bikes at a time — take a look

China's dizzying 'Bicycle Skyway' can handle over 2,000 bikes at a time — take a look | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
If residents of Xiamen, China want to avoid the city's gridlock, they can now travel by bike on a new elevated cycleway.
Completed in February 2017, the Xiamen Bicycle Skyway covers five major residential areas and three business centers in the city.
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What Caused Real House Price Growth to Cool in May?

What Caused Real House Price Growth to Cool in May? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
“The improvement in buying power offset the gains in unadjusted house prices, so affordability improved, albeit just barely.”
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Fla. foreclosures down 56% in two years

Fla. foreclosures down 56% in two years | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Florida continues to have a lengthy foreclosure process, however, with only three other states –New Jersey, Indiana and New York – taking longer. Overall, it takes 3.3 years (1,203 days) to foreclose in Florida, the time between a first notice and a final foreclosure sale.
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The Top 10 Most Stunning Art Deco Buildings in NYC

The Top 10 Most Stunning Art Deco Buildings in NYC | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In between the two world wars, as New York’s middle class population was burgeoning and the city was developing at a rapid pace, a new brand of architecture known today as Art Deco came into existence. Characterized by all things bold, angular, striking, and theatrical, Art Deco was the bridge between classical intricacy and modern minimalism, but it has a unique style all its own.

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This year will probably be the biggest year for homebuilders in a decade

This year will probably be the biggest year for homebuilders in a decade | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
“With new home sales and household formations still moving higher, we expect that housing starts will increase further in 2017, although there will be months in which they are down temporarily,” Nationwide Chief Economist David Berson said. “For all of 2017, total starts should be around 1.25 million units, the highest level since 2007.”
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With new home sales and household formations still moving higher, we expect that housing starts will increase further in 2017, although there will be months in which they are down temporarily,” Nationwide Chief Economist David Berson said. “For all of 2017, total starts should be around 1.25 million units, the highest level since 2007.”

 - July 19