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What is Bitcoin? An explanation even a kid can understand

What is Bitcoin? An explanation even a kid can understand | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Bitcoin is a digital currency that has been around for several years, but many have ignored it because it sounds geeky, but everyone should know how it works.
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Homebuilders keep confident moving into 2017

Homebuilders keep confident moving into 2017 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Builder confidence remained steady at the start of 2017 as many look to the new administration, hopeful for a change.

Builder confidence dipped slightly to 67, down from December’s downwardly revised 69, according to the National Association of Home Builders and Wells Fargo Housing Market Index.
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January 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report 

January 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report  | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
According to the 53-market report, the trend of rising prices and shrinking inventory continued in December, even though December was one of the three months that trailed 2015, with sales 1.8% below December 2015. Even so, nearly half of the markets reported increased sales over December 2015, and almost two-thirds saw sales higher than November 2016. The median increase over November 2016 was 1.7%.
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Hackers are using a devilishly clever fake email attachment scam to break into people's accounts

Hackers are using a devilishly clever fake email attachment scam to break into people's accounts | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A new email scam is circulating that aims to trick the user into giving up their email login details by sending over a (fake) link to a PDF to open.
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How will augmented reality impact the real estate market?

How will augmented reality impact the real estate market? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Experts in the real estate industry expect augmented reality to have a huge impact over the next several years, some predicting as many as 2.5 billion in real estate applications by 2025. Whether it is servicing a potential client looking for a property, a realtor showcasing a location or a construction worker visualizing changes to blueprints, augmented reality will have a lasting and sustained impact on how business is done in the real estate sector.
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Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac increase mortgage modification interest rate to highest level in 18 months

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac increase mortgage modification interest rate to highest level in 18 months | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
While last month’s increase saw Fannie and Freddie increase the standard mortgage modification benchmark interest rate to a level not seen in months, the government-sponsored enterprises said Wednesday that they are increasing the standard mortgage modification interest rate to the highest level in 18 months.
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How a Granada Hills High grad turned an internship into a 46-year career in real estate

How a Granada Hills High grad turned an internship into a 46-year career in real estate | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
“I can tell you on every big committee, not only on the state but on the national level, Jim was always asked to serve,” said Zicarelli. “They used Jim for research and development and strategy. He’s a pretty savvy guy and has the personal touch dealing with people. He’s done remarkably well, not only for himself but four our association. We’re the fourth largest in the state now.”
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Taiwan's smog-eating twisting tower will feature luxury apartments — take a look inside

Taiwan's smog-eating twisting tower will feature luxury apartments — take a look inside | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
On the outside, 23,000 trees and shrubs — nearly the same amount found in New York's Central Park — will fill the skyscraper's facade, roof, and balconies. And inside, it will feature 40 luxury condos.

The plants will absorb 130 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year — the equivalent of about 27 cars, lead designer Vincent Callebut tells Business Insider.
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Marissa Mayer resigning from Yahoo board as remaining company renames itself Altaba

Marissa Mayer resigning from Yahoo board as remaining company renames itself Altaba | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Yahoo is hanging on to its 15 percent stake in Alibaba and its 35.5 percent stake in Yahoo Japan, and those assets will survive as an investment company under the new name Altaba Inc., as the rest of Yahoo integrates with Verizon. The assets had previously been nicknamed Remain Co.
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2017 Swanepoel POWER 200

2017 Swanepoel POWER 200 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The SP200 is based on a great deal of research. We scoured the web, read hundreds of bios and LinkedIn pages, sent hundreds of requests for additional information. We reviewed annual reports, transactions and sales volume, we called many leaders to clarify announcements made and stats provided, we verified actions taken and then we spent several days in a room deliberating who, what and why. We invested over 600 hours of research and discussion into this year’s effort.
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FHA cuts mortgage insurance premiums again

FHA cuts mortgage insurance premiums again | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
According to the FHA, it will cut the annual mortgage insurance premiums most borrowers will pay by one-quarter of a percentage point, or 25 basis points.

The FHA said that it projects that its new premium rates will save new FHA-insured homeowners an average of $500 in 2017 alone.
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Iconic sequoia tunnel tree is no more 

Iconic sequoia tunnel tree is no more  | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A recent storm spelled the end of the enormous tree, which was possibly over a thousand years old. Volunteers at Calaveras Big Trees State Park in California noted before the incident that there was only one branch left alive at the top, and the hole had rendered the tree vulnerable to fire and lifting. Sadly, it has come to pass.
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A potentially fatal blow against patent trolls

A potentially fatal blow against patent trolls | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
But a federal judge on Dec. 19 crafted a novel tactic to curb patent trolls when she slapped a half-million-dollar bill on the lawyers and said that they were personally responsible for paying it, not their client. This could truly be a game-changer.
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DDoS-for-hire services thrive despite closure of major marketplace

DDoS-for-hire services thrive despite closure of major marketplace | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
According to security experts, the section was the largest open marketplace for paid DDoS attacks -- a notorious hacking technique that can disrupt access to internet services or websites. But since the section's closure, the attacks remain rampant.
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Daniel Springer of Responsys joins DocuSign as CEO

Daniel Springer of Responsys joins DocuSign as CEO | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
More than a year after DocuSign CEO Keith Krach announced he was ready to step down, the e-signature and digital transaction management company has finally announced Krach's successor: Daniel Springer, former chairman and CEO of Responsys, has signed on as DocuSign's new chief executive.
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Brain-controlled robot lets physically challenged see the world

Brain-controlled robot lets physically challenged see the world | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Forget brain surgery, complicated training programs or insurance legalese. All users need is the MindWave, an off-the-shelf brain control interface that costs less than US$100, and they can get the Teleport up and running in just five minutes. Anthony Bartl, a 36-year-old quadriplegic who test drove the robot with the brain-control device, describes the experience as a "real thrill."
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A Down Payment Costs Home Buyers an Average of 2/3 of Annual Income

A Down Payment Costs Home Buyers an Average of 2/3 of Annual Income | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Cobbling together a 20 percent down payment on a home costs more than two thirds of the average annual income – one of the reasons potential home buyers say saving for a down payment is among their top concerns.

In the U.S., to buy a median-priced home for $192,500, a buyer must scrape together $38,500 in cash – plus any closing costs and moving expenses – in order to ensure they qualify and get the best terms on their mortgage.
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Before You Make a Tough Decision, Imagine How You’ll Have to Sell It

Before You Make a Tough Decision, Imagine How You’ll Have to Sell It | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Imagine you are making a presentation. Your audience consists of people who will be affected by your decision. Go through each of your options and imagine how you would justify choosing that option – in terms of the values and norms they really care about.
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Black Knight's Lien Alert Portfolio Monitoring Tool is Now Integrated with LoanSphere MSP to Help Mortgage Servicers Proactively Protect Their Portfolios

Black Knight's Lien Alert Portfolio Monitoring Tool is Now Integrated with LoanSphere MSP to Help Mortgage Servicers Proactively Protect Their Portfolios | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Servicers can choose to have specific loans or entire portfolios monitored and can select to receive all available or any combination of alerts. The alerts draw from Black Knight's extensive, industry-leading public records database covering approximately 99.9 percent of the U.S. population, and include:
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9 iPhone tricks that will make your life easier in 2017

9 iPhone tricks that will make your life easier in 2017 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
You think you know everything about your iPhone? Think again. There are lots of hidden tips and tricks that will make some everyday tasks much easier. Here are a few simple ones that may change the way you use your phone.
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This beautiful credit-card-sized phone just might cure your smartphone addiction

This beautiful credit-card-sized phone just might cure your smartphone addiction | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Light Phone is the anti-smartphone. It does two things and two things only: It sends calls and receives them.
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Foreclosure inventory declines another 30%

Foreclosure inventory declines another 30% | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Once again, foreclosure inventory declined 30% annually in November, and completed foreclosures decreased by 25.9% from November 2015, according to the report. Since November of 2015, foreclosures dropped from 35,000 to 26,000. This represents a decrease of 78.2% from September 2010’s peak of 118,339 foreclosures.
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Volkswagen resurrects the Kombi as an AWD, autonomous electric minibus

Volkswagen resurrects the Kombi as an AWD, autonomous electric minibus | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Electric is the big focus for Volkswagen right now, as it gears up for a serious push into EVs beginning in 2020. This I.D. Buzz minibus shows us what we might be in for - including a modular, convertible cabin, augmented reality HUD, removable dash and speakers and laser-guided self driving.
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Flexible transistors could stretch the limits of wearable electronics

Flexible transistors could stretch the limits of wearable electronics | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Engineers at Stanford have developed a new component to help stretch the potential of wearable electronics. A team of researchers has created a flexible transistor that can be stretched to double its original length without losing much of its conductivity.
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The Most Beautiful Travel Photographs of 2016

The Most Beautiful Travel Photographs of 2016 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Sony World Photography Awards, the biggest photography competition in the world, recently released the shortlists for the 2016 edition. This year's entries cover a broad scope of themes and geography, with over 270 photographers from nearly 60 countries represented.
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Android had a tough year compared to iOS in one crucial area

Android had a tough year compared to iOS in one crucial area | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
According to this chart by Statista, based on data from CVE Details, Android's operating system saw the most number of vulnerabilities in 2016. That means Android was much more prone to a software glitch that could lead to hacker attacks than some of its competitors, including Apple's iOS which saw only a third of the number of vulnerabilities than the Android did.
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