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I Bought an Apartment Just to Rent Out on Airbnb

I Bought an Apartment Just to Rent Out on Airbnb | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Entrepreneur Jon Wheatley purchased a $40,000 apartment in Las Vegas last year to just rent out on Airbnb. Was it worth the investment?
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Mel Watt and Julian Castro announce housing policy changes

Mel Watt and Julian Castro announce housing policy changes | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Attendees at the Mortgage Bankers Association's Annual Convention & Expo think the changes are good. Really, really good.
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MBA leaders challenge federal regulators to take action

MBA leaders challenge federal regulators to take action | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Today's lenders are paying many times over for mistakes that may have been out of their control, Bill Cosgrove, MBA chairman, said Monday at the MBA Convention in Las Vegas. And it's the consumer who pays the ultimate price. It's time for the penalty phase to end.
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MBA names new leadership

MBA names new leadership | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The days at the Mortgage Bankers Association’s annual convention and expo in Las Vegas feature quite the packed schedule. But between all the sessions and speakers, the MBA has also elected several new members of its executive leadership.
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FHFA director announces changes to open Fannie, Freddie credit boxes

FHFA director announces changes to open Fannie, Freddie credit boxes | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In a speech at the Mortgage Bankers Association Convention & Expo on Monday, Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt announced a number of policy steps aimed at increasing mortgage credit availability.
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Seth's Blog: Biggest vs. best

Seth's Blog: Biggest vs. best | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
There's not much overlap. Regardless of how you measure 'best' (elegance, deluxeness, impact, profitability, ROI, meaningfulness, memorability), it's almost never present in the thing that is the most popular. The best restaurant, Seinfeld episode, political candidate, brand of beer, ski...
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Miami's Most Expensive Home On The Market - In Photos: Inside $65 Million La Brisa, Miami's New Most Expensive Listing

Miami's Most Expensive Home On The Market - In Photos: Inside $65 Million La Brisa, Miami's New Most Expensive Listing | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A renovated 1920s mansion in on 6.9 acres of waterfront in Miami's Coconut Grove neighborhood has listed for $65 million, making it the city's new most expensive home for sale.
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Colorful Pipes In The Dalles - In Photos: Stunning Photos Of Google's Massive Data Centers

Colorful Pipes In The Dalles - In Photos: Stunning Photos Of Google's Massive Data Centers | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
These pipes carry water in and out of Google's The Dalles, Ore., data center. The blue pipes supply cold water and the red pipes return the warm water back to be cooled.
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5 Trends Your Marketing Team Should Budget For In 2015

5 Trends Your Marketing Team Should Budget For In 2015 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Divvying up your marketing funds isn’t a fun or easy task, so you’ve likely pushed it off as long as possible. You’ve told numerous vendors, “We’ll look at that for our 2015 budget,” but budget season is quickly approaching — and you need to make a decision. To help you navigate the [...]
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The Filthy-Rich 50: Meet the richest person in each U.S. state

The Filthy-Rich 50: Meet the richest person in each U.S. state | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Ever wonder who the richest person in your neighborhood is? Private wealth consultancy Wealth-X has (almost) figured it out for you by naming the richest person in each of the 50 U.S. states.

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Solutionstar adds to senior leadership

Solutionstar adds to senior leadership | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Solutionstar named Mark Johnson as executive vice president of valuations and Matt Slonaker as senior vice president of business development. Soultionstar President Shawn Stone said that the company is excited to have Johnson and Slonaker join the Solutionstar team.
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Existing-Home Sales Rebound in September

Existing-Home Sales Rebound in September | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
After a modest decline last month, existing-home sales bounced back in September to their highest annual pace of the year.
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Home Equity Borrowing Rises As Home Values Climb

Home Equity Borrowing Rises As Home Values Climb | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

RealtyTrac's first-ever U.S. Home Equity Line of Credit Trends Report on October 6th revealed that the rate ofhome equity line of credit borrowing climbed 21 percent in the 12 months ending June 2014, as lenders originated 797,865 ‘HELOCs’ across the country during that time. 

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Fannie Mae will buy 97% LTV mortgages

Fannie Mae will buy 97% LTV mortgages | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Fannie Mae CEO Timothy Mayopoulos said the government-sponsored enterprise will soon begin offering a 97% loan-to-value mortgage. Speaking at the Mortgage Bankers Association annual convention & expo, Mayopoulous said the government-sponsored enterprise is working “closely” with the FHFA to offer this product to all Fannie associates.
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3D printing enables customized knee replacement surgery

3D printing enables customized knee replacement surgery | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

A combination of CT imaging, modeling software and 3D printing technology is enabling ConforMIS to offer implants tailored specifically to each patient. 

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Fannie Mae to make proprietary appraisal tool available to lenders

Fannie Mae to make proprietary appraisal tool available to lenders | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Beginning in early 2015, Fannie will make Collateral Underwriter available to lenders as part of its industry tools package, which also includes Desktop Underwriter and Early Check.
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The industry's 50 fastest growing companies

The industry's 50 fastest growing companies | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A wide range of companies making the 2014 HW Fast50 suggests that — are you ready for this? — maybe things aren't as bad in the U.S. mortgage and housing markets as some breathless press might otherwise suggest. After all, our rankings this year include mortgage insurers, investors, loan servicers, technology specialists and dot-coms, home builders, real estate services companies, mortgage bankers and more.
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Fannie Mae will buy 97% LTV mortgages

Fannie Mae will buy 97% LTV mortgages | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Fannie Mae CEO Timothy Mayopoulos said the government-sponsored enterprise will soon begin offering a 97% loan-to-value mortgage. Speaking at the Mortgage Bankers Association annual convention & expo, Mayopoulous said the government-sponsored enterprise is working “closely” with the FHFA to offer this product to all Fannie associates.
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August Smart Lock Is Finally Ready For Sale, With A Little Help From Apple

August Smart Lock Is Finally Ready For Sale, With A Little Help From Apple | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
When hardware startup August first let the world know about its so-called smart lock back in May 2013, the company thought it was only a few months away from having the product ready to ship. And in came more than 60,000 pre-orders. But August wasn't going to be ready for [...]
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Data Breach Bulletin: Kmart, POODLE, Oregon Employment Department, UC Davis Health System

Data Breach Bulletin: Kmart, POODLE, Oregon Employment Department, UC Davis Health System | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Here's a roundup of this week's data breach news: Kmart – Last Friday, Kmart slipped the news that the retailer had been the latest victim of a credit card breach into a late afternoon SEC filing.  Soon after, Kmart released an official statement and posted information for customers on its website. [...]
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MasterCard And Zwipe Unveil Credit Card With Fingerprint Scanner

MasterCard And Zwipe Unveil Credit Card With Fingerprint Scanner | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
VideoMasterCard partnered with Zwipe to create the world’s first credit card that combines biometric authentication and contactless payment technology. Financial institution Sparebanken DIN of Norway conducted a live pilot of the Zwipe MasterCard over the last few months. For security purposes, the fingerprints of the user are stored in the Zwipe MasterCard instead of an external [...]
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New York Slams Airbnb, Says Most Of Its Rentals Are Illegal

New York Slams Airbnb, Says Most Of Its Rentals Are Illegal | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The New York attorney general looked at four years of anonymized Airbnb user data and did not like what it found. Up to 72 percent of the private, short-term New York City rentals analyzed over that time period were illegal, and Airbnb's presence in the city significantly cuts into the long-term [...]
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Morgan Stanley profits surge 83%

Morgan Stanley profits surge 83% | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Morgan Stanley’s third-quarter profits surged 83% driven by broad-based strength across trading, investment banking and wealth management.
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Housing starts up 6.3% but gains all concentrated in multifamily

Housing starts up 6.3% but gains all concentrated in multifamily | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
It's a mild September rebound, and a slowing housing market, with almost all gains in multifamily housing, and single-family starts and permits virtually flat after August's huge plunge. Is this a sign of growing volatility?
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Seth's Blog: "Google it!"

Seth's Blog: "Google it!" | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The job is no longer to recite facts, to read the bio out loud, to explain something better found or watched online. No, the job is to personally and passionately make us care enough to look up the facts for...
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