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It's Taking Less to Get an FHA Loan

It's Taking Less to Get an FHA Loan | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The average credit score on FHA-backed loans fell to 680 in 2013, , and the average debt-to-income ratio rose to 40.3 percent, according to government agency Ginnie Mae.
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Super Bowl Trivia Questions #1

Super Bowl Trivia Questions #1 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Want to learn some facts about the history of the Super Bowl? If so, you have definitely come to the right place. We have below a list of Superbowl Trivia Questions. Consider it your very own Superbowl Quiz to test your knowledge of Superbowl Trivia Facts. 

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Does the mortgage industry still need Appraisal Management Companies?

Does the mortgage industry still need Appraisal Management Companies? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
There has been a lot of talk about Fannie Mae's Collateral Underwriter from all sides of the industry. Although appraiser Gary Crabtree's review is not all negative, it also doesn't say the system is a win for housing.
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Maponics Announces Peter Moeykens As VP Of Technology And Innovation

Maponics Announces Peter Moeykens As VP Of Technology And Innovation | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Maponics, a leader in geospatial data, has appointed Peter Moeykens as the newest member of the senior management team. Moeykens will be joining the company as the Vice President of Technology and Innovation in February 2015.

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CFPB wants more mortgages in underserved areas

CFPB wants more mortgages in underserved areas | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Right now there are few players in the rural and underserved mortgage lending space. But the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is now pushing to change that.
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Homeownership hits 20-year low in 4Q14

Homeownership hits 20-year low in 4Q14 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

“The usual health warnings apply regarding the reliability of the Census Bureau’s notoriously noisy homeownership and vacancy rate survey. The figures show that the homeownership rate in the US slipped from 64.4% in Q3 to 64.0% in Q4,” Diggle says in a client note. “That’s a 20-year low, and in line with the forecast that we first made in 2012.

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A Disney MagicBand For Hospitals

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Mark Rolston, who was chief creative officer at Frog when the design firm developed Disney’s MagicBands, wondered, what if the technology were placed into a medical setting? His new firm argodesign conceptualized a Disney MagicBand for hospitals. "Rather than designing a whole new wristband, I thought it’d be more interesting to say, this is based on the Disney MagicBand," 

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Microsoft finally has an Outlook app that doesn't suck

Microsoft finally has an Outlook app that doesn't suck | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Acompli aimed to set itself apart from other email clients by focusing on multitasking. The app included a built-in calendar and features that made it easier to find attachments and contact information without digging through your inbox — all of which carry over to the new Outlook-branded apps.

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Seth's Blog: The best laid plans

Seth's Blog: The best laid plans | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
As your plans get more detailed, it's also more and more likely that they won't work exactly as you described them. Certainly, it's worth visualizing the thing you're working to build. When it works, what's it going to be like?...
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YouTube Now Streams HTML5 Video By Default

YouTube Now Streams HTML5 Video By Default | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Here is one more nail in Flash's coffin: starting today, YouTube defaults to using HTML5 video on all modern browsers, including Chrome, IE 11, Safari 8 and..
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Research engine publishing real estate agent performance statistics

Research engine publishing real estate agent performance statistics | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
FindTheBest, which boasts 25 million monthly visitors to its main website, findthebest.com, unveiled a database on findthehome.com today that lets consumers dig up performance statistics on more than 300,000 real estate agents. The performance data, acquired mostly from FindTheHome's primary source of listings, ListHub, include an agent’s total number of active listings, the locations of those listings, their median price, and an agent's total number of historical listings.
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The flame of innovation - 1000watt

The flame of innovation - 1000watt | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
As I wing my way to New York City for Inman Connect, there’s a feeling I have had for a few weeks now that I can’t really shake. I think we’re on the cusp of a very big year for real estate technology – perhaps even a transformative one. Burning down The last few years … Continued
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Fannie Mae: Mortgage lending will see dramatic growth in 2015

Fannie Mae: Mortgage lending will see dramatic growth in 2015 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The mortgage business is set to substantially grow in 2015, with 88% of lenders surveyed by Fannie Mae saying that they are looking to expand their mortgage origination business, and 70% looking to expand their mortgage servicing business.
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First wave of ‘boomerang buyers’ become eligible for mortgages

First wave of ‘boomerang buyers’ become eligible for mortgages | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The first wave of 7.3 million homeowners who lost their home to foreclosure or short sale during the foreclosure crisis are now past the seven-year window they conservatively need to repair their credit and qualify to buy a home.
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Signs That You’re a Micromanager

Signs That You’re a Micromanager | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Absolutely no one likes to be micromanaged. It’s frustrating, demoralizing, and demotivating. Yet, some managers can’t seem to help themselves. Dealing with a controlling boss who doesn’t trust you is tough, but what if you’re the one doing the micromanaging?

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Auction.com Introduces National Hospitality Division

Auction.com Introduces National Hospitality Division | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Auction.com has expanded its highly successful hospitality business with the formation of a new division focused specifically on the sale of hotel properties.
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New FHA guidelines to delay reverse mortgage foreclosures

New FHA guidelines to delay reverse mortgage foreclosures | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Federal Housing Administration announced changes to its reverse mortgage program designed to keep non-borrowing spouses during the foreclosure process.
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Microsoft Launches Outlook For iOS And Android

Microsoft Launches Outlook For iOS And Android | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Microsoft today launched Outlook for Android and iOS phones and tablets, based on the application it acquired when it bought Acompli last December. These new..
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DocuSign Elevates the Standard for Digital Transaction Management in Real Estate

DocuSign Elevates the Standard for Digital Transaction Management in Real Estate | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

DocuSign, Inc. (DocuSign®) announced the launch of its highly anticipated release of the company's enhanced real estate industry solutions. The latest release further empowers brokers, transaction managers, and agents to manage their transactions on the go while increasing transaction security, compliance and efficiency – all to create a world-class client experience.

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S&P reportedly close to massive mortgage-bond rating settlement

S&P reportedly close to massive mortgage-bond rating settlement | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Standard & Poor’s is reportedly closing in on a $1.37 billion settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice and more than a dozen states over claims that S&P knowingly misled investors by issuing trumped up ratings for pre-crisis residential mortgage-backed securities.
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Google Fiber coming to four more cities

Google Fiber coming to four more cities | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Update: Google has since confirmed that it will expand to 18 cities within the four metro areas below, with construction to start “within several months,” according to Dennis Kish, the VP of Google Fiber. It also added that it is continuing to explore bringing fiber to Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Antonio and San…
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ReeceNichols Joins Zillow Pro for Brokers

ReeceNichols Joins Zillow Pro for Brokers | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Zillow, Inc. (NASDAQ: Z), the leading real estate information and home-related marketplace, today announced that ReeceNichols has joined the Zillow® Pro for Brokers program. Based throughout Kansas andMissouri, ReeceNichols has 18 offices and approximately 2,000 agents in the Kansas City metro area who are participating in the program.

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Barbara Corcoran backs real estate website provider

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Barbara Corcoran, founder of New York City-brokerage The Corcoran Group and current “Shark Tank” investor, has given her seal of approval to real estate website provider Real Estate Webmasters, making an investment in the startup that values the company at $50 million

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January 2015 RE/MAX National Housing Report

January 2015 RE/MAX National Housing Report | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Defying the normal trend, home sales in December rose above the number of November sales by a significant 14.4%. Sales were also 3.9% above those of last December. Although home sales have generally been lower in 2014 than 2013, three of the last four months have experienced sales higher than the same month last year.

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BlackRock discloses ownership stake in Altisource

BlackRock discloses ownership stake in Altisource | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A Monday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows that BlackRock is more than an interested party in the mortgage-backed securities whose loans are serviced by Ocwen and its affiliates. BlackRock also owns a substantial stake in Altisource Residential.
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