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Meeting Promises Productive Relationship with Fannie, Freddie Regulator

Meeting Promises Productive Relationship with Fannie, Freddie Regulator | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
NAR President Steve Brown in a meeting yesterday with new Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Mel Watt shared REALTORS®' concern over the continued...
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Could you live in a home the size of a parking space?

Could you live in a home the size of a parking space? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

A team of students and professors at Georgia's Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) recently unveiled a tiny house prototype cited as the future of urban living. Dubbed SCADpad, the home in question can fit into a standard-sized car parking space and is expected to cost around US$40,000 to produce.

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Is Your Connected Car Safe From Hackers?

Is Your Connected Car Safe From Hackers? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A new breed of Internet-enabled cars from Tesla, Ford, GM, Toyota, and others offer drivers new features and conveniences--but also create loopholes...
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Already exploited on TV cop and spy shows

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The World's Coolest Prefab Houses

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Prefab used to get a bad rap. Mass-produced in factories, modular homes were considered cheap, like the architectural equivalent of TV dinners. Buster Keaton famously parodied the prefab house in his 1920 slapstick filmOne Week, in which a couple receives as a wedding gift a home-in-a-box that can supposedly be built in a week. It doesn't go so well.

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With Gnip, Twitter Is Ready To Sell Your Tweets

With Gnip, Twitter Is Ready To Sell Your Tweets | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Twitter on Tuesday announced the acquisition of social data analytics startup Gnip, which is one of the only companies with access to Twitter’s firehose of data—all the tweets and activity streams on Twitter since the platform launched in 2006. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Wells Fargo to expand acceptance of e-sign docs

Wells Fargo to expand acceptance of e-sign docs | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The move comes months after the Federal Housing Administration’s announcement that it would be accepting more electronic signatures on mortgage-related documents as well.
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The Quick and Dirty on Data Visualization

The Quick and Dirty on Data Visualization | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Displaying data can be a tricky proposition, because different rules apply in different contexts. A sales director presenting financial projections to a group of field reps wouldn’t visualize her data the same way that a design consultant would in a written proposal to a potential client.

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Realtor.com finalizing new version of AgentMatch search tool

Realtor.com finalizing new version of AgentMatch search tool | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
AgentMatch -- the agent search tool from realtor.com that ranked agents by their multiple listing service transaction stats before trials in two test markets were suspended last year -- will soon have a successor.
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Here's proof the housing bubble is about to burst

Here's proof the housing bubble is about to burst | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
If those economists who believe the government will continue to intervene are right, the outcome would further fuel a false demand for available housing. But will this government or even a new one want to step in again to bail out consumers?
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Aid for rental market - $26M loan pool set up to help investors buy, rehab 1- to 4-unit structures

Aid for rental market - $26M loan pool set up to help investors buy, rehab 1- to 4-unit structures | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

A new $26 million loan pool, rolled out by Community Investment Corp. and backed by numerous lenders, seeks to entice local investors with proven track records to buy small rental buildings to increase the supply of affordable rental units in hard-hit communities. Details are expected to be announced at a Tuesday event with CIC, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

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Google may boost search results of sites that use encryption

Google may boost search results of sites that use encryption | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Many websites’ fate is tied to where to they appear in Google rankings. That’s why it’s significant that Google may one day give a boost to those that use encryption.
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Volvo introduces inflatable child car seat concept

Volvo introduces inflatable child car seat concept | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Volvo isn't afraid to try new things with inflatables. Those things include itspedestrian airbag and now a child safety seat concept. The new concept has nothing to do with crash-activated airbag systems though, it's a child seat with a fully inflatable structure designed to make the seat lighter and more portable.

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First mortgage default rate falls to 1.13%

First mortgage default rate falls to 1.13% | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
All five national indices showed a drop-off for the second month straight in March, with the first mortgage default rate hitting 1.13% in March, the lowest level since September 2006.
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Governor makes stop in Rockford to tout homebuyer program

Governor makes stop in Rockford to tout homebuyer program | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Governor Pat Quinn visited Rockford Monday to tout the Welcome Home Illinois Loan Program, which hopes to help first-time homebuyers with down payments and low interest rates.
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How to Find Financial Assistance for Your Down Payment

How to Find Financial Assistance for Your Down Payment | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The 20% down that many lenders require before issuing a mortgage is making the dream of owning a home less of a reality for some.
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Hundreds of programs immediately available to every MRED customer

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5 brilliant insights in the CoreLogic April MarketPulse

5 brilliant insights in the CoreLogic April MarketPulse | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Shorter-term mortgages are on the rise, rising rates and equity may mean more HELOCs and short sales may fall of the cliff.
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This French Technology Could Help Save Shopping Malls

This French Technology Could Help Save Shopping Malls | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The technology, called the Inspiration Corridor, was created in partnership with the digital advertising agency DigitasLBi. It's basically a booth shoppers can step into that surrounds the shopper with visual representations of clothing they might like to buy.

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Uber's NYC Manager Defends Taxi Driver Who Ditched Passenger For An Uber Client

Uber's NYC Manager Defends Taxi Driver Who Ditched Passenger For An Uber Client | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Monday night, New York-based Guardian editor Erin McCann says she got kicked out of a cab by a driver who wanted to pick up an Uber customer, Valleywag first reported. 

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Arrogance of success?

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Latest CoStar Commercial Repeat Sale Analysis: Price Momentum for Commercial Real Estate Continued to Build in February

Latest CoStar Commercial Repeat Sale Analysis: Price Momentum for Commercial Real Estate Continued to Build in February | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

his month's CoStar Commercial Repeat Sale Indices (CCRSI) provide the market's first look at February 2014 commercial real estate pricing. Based on 1,028 repeat sales in February 2014 and more than 125,000 repeat sales since 1996, the CCRSI offers the broadest measure of commercial real estate repeat sales activity.

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Court denies Move's motion to block new Zillow employee

Court denies Move's motion to block new Zillow employee | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A King County Superior Court Judge has denied a motion by Move Inc. to block the employment of Errol Samuelson at Zillow, a legal case that's drawn interes
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Skyrocketing prices trigger backlash against foreign buyers

Skyrocketing prices trigger backlash against foreign buyers | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Following in the footsteps of Hong Kong, Singapore has raised the buyer's stamp duty on overseas real estate investors by an extra 15 percent.
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Google updates TOS to clarify email scanning process

Google updates TOS to clarify email scanning process | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Our automated systems analyze your content (including emails) to provide you personally relevant product features, such as customized search results, tailored advertising, and spam and malware detection," the company said in its updated terms of service. "This analysis occurs as the content is sent, received, and when it is stored."

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The counterpoint: Here’s why 2014 will be a good year for housing

The counterpoint: Here’s why 2014 will be a good year for housing | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Data suggests that an annual growth in inventory and days on the market, coupled with more modest price increases than in years past, speaks to a healthier market in 2014 compared with the early buying season in 2013.
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More online Americans say they’ve experienced a personal data breach

More online Americans say they’ve experienced a personal data breach | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

As news of large-scale data breaches and vulnerabilities grows, new findings from the Pew Research Center suggest that growing numbers of online Americans have had important personal information stolen and many have had an account compromised.

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Google Patents Tiny Cameras Embedded In Contact Lenses

Google Patents Tiny Cameras Embedded In Contact Lenses | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Google has a new patent application with the USPTO (via 9to5Google), which takes one of the basic concepts of Glass and extends it even further, embedding..
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Detroit to auction vacant homes online. Starting bid: $1,000

Detroit to auction vacant homes online. Starting bid: $1,000 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In its ongoing battle to fight blight, Detroit is launching a website where it will auction off vacant homes seized in tax foreclosures.
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