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Now Selfies Can Be Used as Passwords

Now Selfies Can Be Used as Passwords | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

There are also optional security features that require users to blink to prove that they are human or to prevent an unauthorized user from holding a photo of the owner up to the phone’s camera to break into the device.

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25 of the weirdest houses from around the world

25 of the weirdest houses from around the world | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
There's no place like home. Particularly when home is built upside-down, made of shipping containers, or erected in the likeness of the Pyramids.

Some dwellings are more unique than others. From domes to caves, treehouses to igloos, people across the globe live in unconventional houses.
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There's no place like home. Particularly when home is built upside-down, made of shipping containers, or erected in the likeness of the Pyramids. 

Some dwellings are more unique than others. From domes to caves, treehouses to igloos, people across the globe live in unconventional houses.

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Black Knight: Total loans in foreclosure fall to lowest level since 2008

Black Knight: Total loans in foreclosure fall to lowest level since 2008 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The report showed that foreclosure starts were down 22% from March to April, falling to a level of 73,500. That total is also down 7% from a year ago.

Additionally, national inventory of loans in foreclosure continued its decline toward pre-crisis norms, falling roughly 25.5% from last April to 1.51%, the lowest it’s been since January of 2008.
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USPS now one step closer to providing financial services

USPS now one step closer to providing financial services | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
“The financial services industry is experiencing a period of tremendous change. Banks are closing branches in communities across the country for many reasons, including the rise of mobile banking and the emergence of new players in the payments space,” the USPS-OIG states in the white paper.
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When Were Most People With Your Name Born (And How Many Are Still Alive)?

When Were Most People With Your Name Born (And How Many Are Still Alive)? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Names are a fascinating convention. Letting parents name their children whatever they want has produced some questionable moments, to say the least. Luckily for most kids, names tend to go in and out of style, and most of us sit somewhere in the middle of our name's unique bell curve.
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Existing-Home Sales Lose Momentum in April

Existing-Home Sales Lose Momentum in April | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Total existing-home sales1, which are completed transactions that include single–family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co–ops, declined 3.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.04 million in April from an upwardly revised 5.21 million in March. Despite the monthly decline, sales have increased year–over–year for seven consecutive months and are still 6.1 percent above a year ago.
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RealtyTrac: Foreclosure activity jumps to highest level in 18 months

RealtyTrac: Foreclosure activity jumps to highest level in 18 months | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — were reported on 125,875 U.S. properties in April of 2015, up 3% from the previous month and up 9% from a year ago, an 18-month high, according to the April foreclosure report from RealtyTrac.
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Denmark Might Eliminate Paper Money: Should We Do The Same?

Denmark Might Eliminate Paper Money: Should We Do The Same? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
By next year, if you walk in a restaurant or gas station in Copenhagen, you might no longer be able to pay with cash. The Danish government is considering allowing some stores to stop taking paper money.
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Wall Street gets slammed with $5.8 billion in fines for rate rigging

Wall Street gets slammed with $5.8 billion in fines for rate rigging | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Six banks have agreed to pay a combined $5.8 billion in connection with the LIBOR scandal.

Five of them have pleaded guilty to criminal charges.

Citicorp, JPMorgan, Barclays, and RBS are pleading guilty to charges tied to forex manipulation, while UBS is pleading guilty to interest-rate manipulation charges.
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Realogy Announces 15 Emerging Technology Companies to Compete at Third Annual 'FWD' Innovation Summit June 23 in San Francisco

Realogy Announces 15 Emerging Technology Companies to Compete at Third Annual 'FWD' Innovation Summit June 23 in San Francisco | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
"The submissions we received for this year's competition raised the bar on the caliber of solutions that have the potential to make a significant difference in the residential real estate industry," said Alex Perriello, president and chief executive officer, Realogy Franchise Group. "We are proud to host this unique forum where emerging technology companies are able to demonstrate the impact of their ingenuity."
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National Credit Default Rates Reach Historical Lows in April 2015

National Credit Default Rates Reach Historical Lows in April 2015 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Data through April 2015, released today by S&P Dow Jones Indices and Experian for the S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices, a comprehensive measure of changes in consumer credit defaults, continued its downward trend in default rates. The composite index posted a historical low of 0.97% in April, a decrease of eight basis points, and its lowest level since July 2014.
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Residential construction hits highest rate in years

Residential construction hits highest rate in years | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Permits for residential construction hit a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,143,000 units, according to data from the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. That’s up 10.1% from March’s pace of 1,038,000 units, and well above analysts’ forecast of 1.06 million units. It’s also an increase of 6.4% from April of 2014 and the highest rate since 2007.
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World's longest glass bridge set to open in China next year

World's longest glass bridge set to open in China next year | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
n a bid
to attract more tourists to the region, Hunan Province in China has
commissioned the architectural firm of Haim Dotan to produce a completely
transparent glass bridge spanning 370 m (1,214 ft) across the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon. Dizzyingly high at about 400 m (1,312 ft) above the canyon floor,
the span is claimed to be capable of holding up to 800 people at a time.
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Twitter Bows New Google Partnership, Search Interface

Twitter Bows New Google Partnership, Search Interface | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Twitter has unveiled a partnership with Google, allowing U.S. users to see relevant tweets in Google search results within the Google app and on the mobile Web. A similar integration for desktop search results is coming soon, along with an international version.
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Calif April pending home sales and Market Pulse Survey

Calif April pending home sales and Market Pulse Survey | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
With the California housing market continuing its upward trend, pending home sales registered their fifth straight annual gain, with the last three months being in the double-digits, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) said today.
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Senate banking committee passes massive regulatory relief bill

Senate banking committee passes massive regulatory relief bill | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
This would, in effect, free smaller lenders from the heavy capital requirements and strict oversight currently enforced against the big banks. It also includes a provision increasing the $50 billion SIFI threshold to $500 billion, while maintaining some degree of FSOC review.
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Want to get rid of email? These companies are

Want to get rid of email? These companies are | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Four days a year, 150 employees at Chicago staffing firm LaSalle Network must resort to the only kinds of communication available when their parents joined the workforce: phone calls and in-person meetings. Email and internal
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Yellen: If nothing changes, expect higher interest rates this year

Yellen: If nothing changes, expect higher interest rates this year | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
And if the economy improves as expected, she believes it will be “appropriate” for the Fed to raise the Federal Funds Rate this year, which in turn, would affect mortgage interest rates.
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dotloop Named Collaboration Platform of Choice for Five Major REALTOR(R) Associations in Illinois

dotloop Named Collaboration Platform of Choice for Five Major REALTOR(R) Associations in Illinois | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
dotloop today announced partnerships with five major Illinois REALTOR® associations to bring its collaborative platform to their nearly 30,000 association members. Those associations include:
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KFC's Tray Typer makes it easier to eat fried chicken whilel texting

KFC's Tray Typer makes it easier to eat fried chicken whilel texting | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The fast food chain's Tray Typers are Bluetooth keyboards installed into food trays, which sync with customers' smartphones and tablets. The campaign only ran for a week in restaurants in Germany; KFC handed one out with each order during the opening week of new restaurants. Sadly, though, you won't be seeing them in U.S. locations.
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Clareity Consulting’s 2015 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo Report

Clareity Consulting’s 2015 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo Report | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
There hasn’t been much mind-blowing innovation demonstrated on the trade show floor in recent years, but this year there was a big splash.
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America's best BBQ states and restaurants

America's best BBQ states and restaurants | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
There's more than one bone of contention in the great finger-lickin' barbecue debate. Pork or beef? Vinegar- or tomato-based sauce? No sauce -- or maybe something mustard-based?

Travel site TripAdvisor has waded into hotly contested territory with a list of the best BBQ restaurants in the United States.
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Patent trolls may be preparing to target 3D printing

Patent trolls may be preparing to target 3D printing | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
One of the fastest growing arenas for patents over the past decade has been 3D printing, making it a likely target for those trolls.

"For most trolls, the goal is not to actually go into litigation. The goal is to get a quick settlement," said Paven Malhotra, an intellectual property (IP) attorney with Keker & Van Nest LLP, whose clients include Intel, Comcast and Google and is based in San Francisco.
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Privatizing Fannie & Freddie could send mortgage rates soaring -- report

Privatizing Fannie & Freddie could send mortgage rates soaring -- report | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Many frustrated shareholders in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac want the mortgage finance giants released from federal control, so they can reap the profits of their investments. But that might not be so great for the mortgage industry, according to a new study.
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Black Knight Financial Services kicks off successful Initial Public Offering

Black Knight Financial Services kicks off successful Initial Public Offering | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Black Knight Financial Services (pending BKFS) is off to a powerful start after the pricing of its initial public offering of 18 million shares of Class A common stock at a price to the public of $24.50 per share — it’s already moved above $26.25 in early action.
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Why Would Publishers Send Traffic to Their Competitors?

Why Would Publishers Send Traffic to Their Competitors? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
How did publishers get to this place? The answer seems to be the desire for short-term money and a follow-the-crowd mentality. Take the recent content recommendation deal Time Inc. signed with Outbrain.  I’m a long-time fan of Time magazine, and read it both online and in print. Now Time.com, as influential as it is, is lending its reputation to a third-party company by promoting and recommending lesser-known sites like Lonny Magazine and Brainjet to its trusting audience.  
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