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Delta And JetBlue Now Let You Use Your Gadgets During Taxi, Takeoff And Landing

Delta And JetBlue Now Let You Use Your Gadgets During Taxi, Takeoff And Landing | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
It's been a long time since flying was fun (unless you are reading this on the upper deck of a 747, of course). This week, however, things got a bit more..
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Floating Seahorse boats to offer partially submerged living in Dubai's Heart of Europe

Floating Seahorse boats to offer partially submerged living in Dubai's Heart of Europe | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Developer Kleindienst Group is planning to construct 42 floating properties as part of the Heart of Europe development in Dubai. Technically classified as a boat, the Floating Seahorse offers an entire floor of submerged living, providing clear views of marine life beneath the gentle waves of the Persian Gulf.
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The New York Times Invents A Conference Table That Takes Notes For You

The New York Times Invents A Conference Table That Takes Notes For You | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Like most offices, the New York Times holds a lot of meetings. Editorial meetings, ad sales meetings, design meetings, you name it; all centered around a table seemingly for no other purpose than to have something to congregate around, take notes on, and—at worst—idly tap while bored meeting goers drift off into daydream.
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FHFA leaving g-fees alone, revising primary mortgage insurance requirements

FHFA leaving g-fees alone, revising primary mortgage insurance requirements | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Federal Housing Finance Agency is leaving g-fees largely alone but it is revising requirements for private mortgage insurance companies that insure mortgage loans either owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Here's the rundown.
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Google Algorithm Will Soon Reward Mobile-Friendly Sites: Here's What You Need to Know

Google Algorithm Will Soon Reward Mobile-Friendly Sites: Here's What You Need to Know | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact in our search results. Consequently, users will find it easier to get relevant, high quality search results that are optimized for their devices.
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Waze Is Driving Into City Hall

Waze Is Driving Into City Hall | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
While it's known for sitting on dashboards, Waze is increasingly finding its way into city halls and government agencies. In late 2014, the company launched a "Connected Citizens program" with partners including the New York Police Department, Rio de Janeiro, the city of Boston, and the state of Florida.
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Court filing reveals name of anonymous whistleblower in Zillow/Move lawsuit

Court filing reveals name of anonymous whistleblower in Zillow/Move lawsuit | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A new filing in the ongoing lawsuit between Zillow Group (Z) and Move (MOVE) names the anonymous whistleblower: former Zillow Vice President of Strategic Partnerships Chris Crocker.
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Nokia buys Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 billion

Nokia buys Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 billion | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
he Finnish company said the all-share transaction will be on the basis of 0.55 of a new Nokia share for every share of Alcatel-Lucent. The share offer values the French concern at 15.6 billion euros ($16.6 billion).
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Houses passes Mortgage Choice Act of 2015 by 286-140

Houses passes Mortgage Choice Act of 2015 by 286-140 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
"The American dream for so many low- and moderate-income Americans is that one day they can achieve financial independence,” said House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas. “We are trying to ensure that low- and moderate-income Americans have convenience, that they have choice, that they have lower prices.”
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The Next Big Thing In Design? Less Choice

The Next Big Thing In Design? Less Choice | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
At its core, the function of anticipatory design is to gather the data necessary and move from the era of personalization to automated decision-making. While most companies are still taking baby steps towards the future, emerging examples of anticipatory design are gaining traction for their convenience, and beginning to define new standards for what users will expect from their devices and services.
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Fannie Mae launches program to help first-time homebuyers with closing costs

Fannie Mae launches program to help first-time homebuyers with closing costs | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Fannie Mae has launched the HomePath Ready Buyer program, qualifying first-time homebuyers to receive up to 3% of the purchase price in closing cost assistance toward the purchase of a HomePath property. That’s if the buyer completes an online homebuyer education course. 

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Sources: Yahoo In Talks To Buy Foursquare

Sources: Yahoo In Talks To Buy Foursquare | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Yahoo has been busy rebuilding its business around mobile under CEO Marissa Mayer, and soon it could make one of its biggest bets yet on the platform. We..
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Court seals letter from anonymous whistleblower in Zillow lawsuit

Court seals letter from anonymous whistleblower in Zillow lawsuit | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The battle over trade secrets between Zillow and Move took an ironic turn Tuesday, with the judge saying the anonymous source letter filed by Move and NAR contained and violated Zillow’s trade secrets.
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CoreLogic: Foreclosure inventory down 27.3% since February 2014

CoreLogic: Foreclosure inventory down 27.3% since February 2014 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Foreclosures and delinquencies are way down from last year and from their peaks right after the housing crash. Fewer opportunities for investors, but what does it mean for the economy as a whole?
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Thanks To Google's Mobilegeddon, Your Search Rank May Be Toast

Thanks To Google's Mobilegeddon, Your Search Rank May Be Toast | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
For years Google largely ignored the mobile Web as it focused on Android and native apps. But recently the company has kicked its mobile Web love into overdrive, announcing a number of initiatives to dramatically improve performance of Web apps on Android. 
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Better presentation of URLs in search results

Better presentation of URLs in search results | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Well-structured URLs offer users a quick hint about the page topic and how the page fits within the website. To help mobile searchers understand your website better when we show it in the mobile search results, today we’re updating the algorithms that display URLs in the search results to better reflect the names of websites,

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Why click-to-purchase real estate could be the future of the industry

Why click-to-purchase real estate could be the future of the industry | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Over $2 billion in real estate sales; 100 auction events; 15,000 homes sold. Those stats show the reality that HomeSearch.com is here to shake up real estate.
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Welcome To The Slow Traffic Movement

Welcome To The Slow Traffic Movement | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The technology already exists to make these predictions a reality. In recent months we’ve seen breathless YouTube videos from Volvo and Ford, a constant stream of press about a Google car, Elon Musk’s proclamation that human drivers will be illegal, and just a few days ago, an Audi drove itself from San Francisco to New York City.
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Big SEO news: How to find out if your site will be penalized - AGBeat

Big SEO news: How to find out if your site will be penalized - AGBeat | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Google’s always on the hunt to trip up websites that are trying to get away with shady SEO practices. They’ve recently made a few big announcements regarding some of these practices, one of them being doorway pages. There will now be a “ranking adjustment” when Google finds a doorway page.
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Zillow Group to Give MLS Partners Free Public Record Data

Zillow Group to Give MLS Partners Free Public Record Data | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Zillow Group, which houses a portfolio of the largest and most vibrant real estate and home-related brands on mobile and Web, today announced it will begin offering its industry partners access to free public record data with broad usage rights, through a new program, Zillow Group Data Connect (ZGDC).
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The battle to save the free Internet is just getting started

The battle to save the free Internet is just getting started | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
This week, the major lobbying firms that represent Internet service providers, cable companies and wireless providers leapt to challenge the rules. The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and CTIA-The Wireless Association both announced on Tuesday the filing of legal challenges.
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Homeowner value perceptions don’t mesh with appraisal realities

Homeowner value perceptions don’t mesh with appraisal realities | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Even as home values fall, homeowners have rose-colored glasses in regard to their home values – rating them higher again last month than even professional appraisers would.
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House makes decision on points and fees bill

House makes decision on points and fees bill | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The bill changes the way points and fees are calculated under the Qualified Mortgage (QM) rule. Under the regulation’s ability-to-repay (ATR) standards, QM cannot have points and fees more than 3% of the loan amount, which includes charges by affiliated settlement service providers.
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Why pre-customers matter

Why pre-customers matter | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Leads are so 2014 – you’ve got to think about customers long before they fill out your online inquiry form. Here are three pre-customer software tools that can help.
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Mortgage lending and finance industry get boost in housing regulatory reform bills

Mortgage lending and finance industry get boost in housing regulatory reform bills | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The home lending and mortgage finance industry saw big gains this week on Capitol Hill, as a number of bipartisan bills from the House Financial Services Committee were passed during “Financial Independence Week.” Here's the rundown on the goods.
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Fannie Mae launches major first-time homebuyer assistance program

Fannie Mae launches major first-time homebuyer assistance program | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Having already begun buying mortgage loans that allow borrowers to put 3% down, Fannie Mae is launching a new program aimed at attracting more first-time homebuyers.
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