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Fed taper continues, acquisition cuts go deeper

Fed taper continues, acquisition cuts go deeper | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Federal Open Market Committee meeting minutes reveal the Federal Reserve will continue to taper monthly asset purchases, reducing its acquisitions by another $10 billion per month.
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Pending Home Sales Rise in February Behind Solid Gains in Midwest, West

Pending Home Sales Rise in February Behind Solid Gains in Midwest, West | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, says demand appears to be strengthening as we head into the spring buying season. “Pending sales showed solid gains last month, driven by a steadily-improving labor market, mortgage rates hovering around 4 percent and the likelihood of more renters looking to hedge against increasing rents,” he said.

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Adobe Wants To Kill Your Desktop

Adobe Wants To Kill Your Desktop | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
This year, Adobe will launch multitasking tools on mobile that might enable you to work faster than you would on a desktop.
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Email Is Still The Recession-Proof Channel

Email Is Still The Recession-Proof Channel | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Why is email so recession-proof? We've seen it thrive in the years following the dot-com bust of the early 2000s. We saw it go through the roof after CAN SPAM. It's taken on every challenger there
is and keeps growing 10% a year in marketing spend.
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Clayton Holdings acquires AVM provider Red Bell

Clayton Holdings acquires AVM provider Red Bell | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Clayton Holdings announced it acquired Red Bell Real Estate, and its sister company, Main Street Valuation. According to the president of Clayton, this will serve as the platform and the foundation for new initiatives within the broader real estate market.
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Freddie Mac completes largest sale ever of seriously delinquent loans

Freddie Mac completes largest sale ever of seriously delinquent loans | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Shortly after releasing the new requirements for the sales of non-performing loans, Freddie Mac announced its biggest sale yet of seriously delinquent loans from its portfolio. This one is nearly the same amount as the first two pilot sales combined.
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Volvo Gives Away "LifePaint" To Protect Those Outside Its Vehicles

Volvo Gives Away "LifePaint" To Protect Those Outside Its Vehicles | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

From March 27, in a pilot scheme in London and Kent, cyclists can get LifePaint, a reflective safety spray, for free. If the scheme proves popular, Volvo says it will expand it across the U.K. and then internationally.

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San Diego New Homes Must Be Solar-Ready

San Diego New Homes Must Be Solar-Ready | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
San Diego's Board of Supervisors amended the county's building code to require new single-family homes be wired for solar panels and electric vehicles.
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Lexmark purchases Kofax in massive acquisition

Lexmark purchases Kofax in massive acquisition | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In a giant move for housing, Lexmark International purchased document-capture software provider Kofax for approximately $1 billion. Will this be a gamer changer for online mortgages?
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Renters on Zillow Have Competitive Edge with Launch of Time-Stamped Listings

Renters on Zillow Have Competitive Edge with Launch of Time-Stamped Listings | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Zillow, the largest rental site on the Web1, today announced that rental listings now display up-to-the-minute time stamps. In many markets across the country, renters face a lot of competition and are under incredible pressure to act quickly when searching for a new home. Now, with the addition of time stamps to Zillow® rental listings, renters searching Zillow will be able to easily see exactly how long a listing has been on the market, either on the desktop or on the Zillow Rentals Apple® iOS mobile app.  

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Market Leader Joins Zillow Tech Connect: Leads; Program Exceeds 50 Technology Partners

Market Leader Joins Zillow Tech Connect: Leads; Program Exceeds 50 Technology Partners | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

 Zillow, the leading real estate and home-related information marketplace, today announced that Zillow® Tech Connect: Leads has cleared a new milestone: 51 technology partners are now available through the platform, including highly-requested Market Leader, which was acquired along with Trulia in February by Zillow Group.

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When it comes to Santa Clarita Real Estate, we have our clients covered. How about Zillow and Trulia? #zillow #trulia #technology #realestate #paris911

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Seth's Blog: What is customer service for?

Seth's Blog: What is customer service for? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Customer service is difficult, expensive and unpredictable. But it's a mistake to assume that any particular example is automatically either good or bad. A company might spend almost nothing on customer service but still succeed in reaching its goals. Customer...
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Where is your head at when it comes to Customer Service? #service #realestate #news #paris911 #santaclarita

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New home sales rebound 25% in February

New home sales rebound 25% in February | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Tuesday’s report of sales of new single-family houses finally brings some positive new to the housing market after a series of rough reports at the start to the year. Could this finally be the end of the bad news?
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Ocwen speeds exodus from mortgage servicing with latest, massive MSR sale

Ocwen speeds exodus from mortgage servicing with latest, massive MSR sale | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In what’s becoming a weekly occurrence, Ocwen Financial announced Tuesday that it will sell off another massive agency mortgage servicing rights portfolio. The buyer this time? Nationstar, which is expecting more, similar deals to come.
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The Swiss Chalet, Radically Reimagined

The Swiss Chalet, Radically Reimagined | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The classic chalet gets a modern update in Canada, with marvelous views and space for all your wet ski clothes.
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The Science Of Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things

The Science Of Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Most people are in the pursuit of happiness. There are economists who think happiness is the best indicator of the health of a society. We know that money can make you happier, though after your basic needs are met, it doesn't make you that much happier. But one of the biggest questions is how to allocate our money, which is (for most of us) a limited resource.

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Amazon Home Services Gets Its Official Launch

Amazon Home Services Gets Its Official Launch | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Amazon has officially introduced Amazon Home Services, as TechCrunch reported it would last week, the marketplace for professional services including things..
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Android: Friends Furever - YouTube

You don’t have to be a cute animal to show the world how to “Be Together. Not the Same.” But it definitely helps. Find out more about Android at: http://andr...
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YouTube Is Experimenting With Ultra High Def, Ultra Smooth Video Playback — Here Are The Examples

YouTube Is Experimenting With Ultra High Def, Ultra Smooth Video Playback — Here Are The Examples | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Just a few months back, YouTube bumped up the quality of the videos it hosts by allowing for gorgeous, 60 FPS video playback. Now they're cranking things..
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The Giant Retirement Community That Explains Where Americans Are Moving

The Giant Retirement Community That Explains Where Americans Are Moving | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The Villages, Fla., an hour northwest of Orlando, may be the onlyretirement community that is also the center of its own census-designated statistical area. It also holds another distinction: In 2014, its population rose more quickly than that of any other census area in the United States, climbing 5.4 percent, compared with 0.7 percent for the nation as a whole.

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Direct Agreements Bring Zillow and Trulia More For-Sale Listings than Ever Before; 16 New MLSs Partner with Zillow and Trulia in Past 5 Days

Direct Agreements Bring Zillow and Trulia More For-Sale Listings than Ever Before; 16 New MLSs Partner with Zillow and Trulia in Past 5 Days | 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 that Zillow® and Trulia® will have a higher number of for-sale-by-agent listings on April 8, after their contracts with ListHub end, than ever before1. Additionally, another 16 new MLS partners have signed agreements in the past week to send their listings directly to Zillow and Trulia

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Yahoo launches feature-heavy mortgage calculator

Yahoo launches feature-heavy mortgage calculator | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Google made waves in the mortgage industry earlier this year when it quietly launched a built-in mortgage calculator. Yahoo is joining the mortgage calculator game as well, but its built-in calculator is far more feature-rich than Google's option.
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RealtyTrac: Home prices outpacing wage growth in 76% of U.S.

RealtyTrac: Home prices outpacing wage growth in 76% of U.S. | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The housing recovery is real, but is it recovering too fast? Home prices are growing much faster than wages for a majority of the country, a new report by RealtyTrac shows.
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15 Types of Problem Clients and How to Handle Them

15 Types of Problem Clients and How to Handle Them | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

If you're a salesperson who doesn't like people, you're in the wrong profession. Sales is and always has been about helping people achieve their professional and personal goals. And since each prospect is unique, reps need to be passionate about customizing their offerings to the client's particular needs. 

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Wells Fargo cutting 1,000 mortgage servicing jobs

Wells Fargo cutting 1,000 mortgage servicing jobs | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The bad news? Wells Fargo is cutting about 1,000 mortgage servicing jobs. But the good news is that the job cuts mean there are fewer legacy and problem mortgages to service.
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Zillow Launches Agent Finder, New Way for Home Shoppers to Find Most Active, Reputable Agents in Their Desired Neighborhood

Zillow Launches Agent Finder, New Way for Home Shoppers to Find Most Active, Reputable Agents in Their Desired Neighborhood | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Now, when a home shopper uses Zillow to search for an agent in a specific city or neighborhood, the most active agents, based on past sales, current listings and reviews over the past 12 months, will top the search results.  Shoppers can then personalize their searches based on the criteria that matters to them, including price point, property type, service needed (buying agent or selling agent), specialties such as relocation or short sale, and languages spoken.  

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