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Amazon Prime To Cost $99 A Year

Amazon Prime To Cost $99 A Year | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The day we all feared has come. Amazon has announced that the price of Prime will soon cost $99 a year. Starting in seven days, the cost for existing members..
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Homes.com and BDX Announce Exclusive Partnership

Homes.com and BDX Announce Exclusive Partnership | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Homes.com, has entered a partnership with Builders Digital Experience (BDX), a leading provider of digital marketing and sales solutions for home builders and the digital aggregator of new home content from builders. BDX will be the exclusive provider of aggregated new home listings on Homes.com, adding approximately 93,000 new construction listings and dramatically expanding consumer choices as they search for their next home.
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Print Magazine Readers Outnumber Digital 2 To 1

Print Magazine Readers Outnumber Digital 2 To 1 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
According to a recent study by Mequoda, 69.6% of adult Americans have read an average of 2.91 print magazine issues in the last 30 days. This means that 147 million adults have read an average of 428 million print magazine issues in the last 30 days.
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How to respond to an email you forgot about

How to respond to an email you forgot about | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
You’re going through your inbox, deciding which emails should be archived and which should be saved, and there is it: an email from a week ago (or even further out). Maybe it came in during an onslaught and this is the first time you’ve seen it; or perhaps, you remember thinking you’d come back to it — and then it fell off of your radar. Regardless, someone sent you an email, and you never responded.
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Introducing the new Street View app from Google Maps

Introducing the new Street View app from Google Maps | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
For all the Street View fans out there: exploring the world just got even easier. Today we are introducing the new Street View app for Android and iOS, which allows you for the first time, to tour immersive 360-degree imagery and instantly contribute your own — right to Google Maps.
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Demo Memo: Children Per Household, 1964 to 2014

Demo Memo: Children Per Household, 1964 to 2014 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Remember when neighborhoods were full of children? This is why they aren't anymore: the average number of children (people under age 18) per household peaked in 1964 (also the last year of the baby boom) at 1.24. Since then, the average has fallen in most years. It slipped below 1.0 for the first time in 1974 and reached an all-time low of 0.60 in 2014—less than half of the 1964 level...
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The Awesome Scale Of The New Apple Campus, Captured By Drone

The Awesome Scale Of The New Apple Campus, Captured By Drone | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
At 2.8 million square feet, the Apple Campus 2 will be an unfathomably massive ring. This Norman Foster design is almost a mile in circumference, and it will require nearly four miles of glass windows. The Pentagon, while technically a third larger in pure square feet, could fit inside the circle.
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Tech Makers: Stop Treating Tablets Like Smartphones

Tech Makers: Stop Treating Tablets Like Smartphones | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Customers love to use their portable devices for browsing, “window-shopping” and pre-purchase activities such as price comparison. When it comes to actually whipping out their credit cards and closing the sale, however, desktops or laptops are still overwhelming the machines of choice, with tablets coming in second.
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Former REALTOR.com CEO Steve Ozonian Named WFG President and COO

Former REALTOR.com CEO Steve Ozonian Named WFG President and COO | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Williston Financial Group (WFG) has named Steve Ozonian as its president and chief operating officer. Patrick Stone will remain the company’s chairman and CEO. WFG has been supported throughout its existence by Golden Gate Capital, a major fund based in San Francisco. 
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Signs That You’re Being Too Stubborn

Signs That You’re Being Too Stubborn | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
They’re hardheaded. They dig their heels in. You know the type — people who are way too stubborn for their own good. While it’s easy to point the finger at others who exhibit this behavior, it can be hard to recognize this trait in yourself. Here are the signs that you’re being too inflexible:
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I'm not stubborn, I'm just always right.

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Mobile Addicts Number 280 Million Worldwide

Mobile Addicts Number 280 Million Worldwide | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
According to the 2nd annual report on Consumer Mobility from the Bank of America and Flurry Analytics, reported by Simon Khalaf, SVP of Publisher Products, the US population is perpetually plugged-in, as 71% of those surveyed actually sleep with their smartphones.
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Home Prices Rising! Appraisers say WHOA!

Home Prices Rising! Appraisers say WHOA! | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Each month, Quicken Loans releases their national Home Price Perception Index (HPPI). This month’s report revealed that the difference in appraiser home value opinions as compared to homeowner estimates is continuing to increase. Chief Economist Bob Walters explains:
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5 Trending Markets That Are Capitalizing On Virtual Reality

5 Trending Markets That Are Capitalizing On Virtual Reality | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Virtual reality is still in the early stages, and it still has several waves yet to go before entering the mainstream. But, with established companies dabbling in VR campaigns, it’s already proving to be a compelling storytelling tool that breaks both physical and economic barriers.
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C.A.R. announces 2015 Champions of Home

C.A.R. announces 2015 Champions of Home | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) will honor three REALTORS® as “Champions of Home,” California REALTORS® who have changed their clients’ lives for the better, raised the standards for others, and led by example.  In its third year, the award honors REALTORS® who have been selected by their peers as individuals who have gone to great lengths on behalf of their clients and practice business with the highest ethics and morals.
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If You Want People to Listen, Stop Talking

If You Want People to Listen, Stop Talking | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
I say “anyone else who spoke” because there are plenty of people who remain completely silent — they don’t say anything, ever — and they are not persuasive. For many people, silence equals absence. But George was not absently or passively silent. In fact, he was busier in his silence than anyone else was while speaking. He was listening.
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Here's how to handle electronic delivery of mortgage disclosures

Here's how to handle electronic delivery of mortgage disclosures | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
David Whitaker, counsel with BuckleySandler, and Michael Laurie, vice president of product strategy with e-Signlive by Silanis, discussed the legal requirements businesses need to know and best practices around satisfying requirements when moving to e-disclosure delivery of mortgage disclosures.
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Blackstone acquires ‘significant equity stake’ in mortgage insurer PMI Group

Blackstone acquires ‘significant equity stake’ in mortgage insurer PMI Group | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Blackstone (BX), a private-equity funded investment bank based in New York, is increasing its substantial position in housing again, as funds affiliated with Blackstone Tactical Opportunities are set to acquire a “significant equity stake” in The PMI Group, a provider of mortgage insurance.
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Michael DeVito appointed head of mortgage production for Wells Fargo

Michael DeVito appointed head of mortgage production for Wells Fargo | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In his new role, DeVito will lead the retail and correspondent teams and report to Franklin Codel, head of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. He will also oversee all production functions and his teams will be responsible for sales, operations, quality, compliance, underwriting and support.
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MRED Director Tapped for RESO Chairmanship

MRED Director Tapped for RESO Chairmanship | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
“Tracking data is a key component for any modern day data set,” said Lambrou. “No longer is having the data secure and readily available enough. True analytics that show value are now expected and commonplace in the software industry. A RESO standard on tracking RETS data would be beneficial for all parties involved. I’m extremely excited for the opportunity to be the facilitator of this conversation and look forward to the journey ahead.”
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Your Connected Product Could Be Your Best Customer Engagement Tool

Your Connected Product Could Be Your Best Customer Engagement Tool | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In a time when connectedness is part of everyday life and people have become online media platforms, customer experiences either work for a company or against it. Those experiences, now widely spread and shared so easily, have become the new brand.
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Moto 360 (2nd-generation): Hands-on

Moto 360 (2nd-generation): Hands-on | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The second generation release marks a small step up in display resolution (it's 360 x 330 spread out over 1.56-inches on the larger model, and 360 x 325 over 1.37-inches on the smaller one), and both sizes looked great under the show lights, with sharp, bright visuals.
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Sources: loanDepot readies IPO filing

Sources: loanDepot readies IPO filing | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
loanDepot is getting ready to file an initial public offering after making significant strides in the industry this year to try and become the No. 1 nonbank consumer lender, industry sources close to the company tell HousingWire.
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Mobile-friendly web pages using app banners

Mobile-friendly web pages using app banners | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
sometimes a user may tap on a search result on a mobile device and see an app install interstitial that hides a significant amount of content and prompts the user to install an app. Our analysis shows that it is not a good search experience and can be frustrating for users because they are expecting to see the content of the web page.
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HUD proposes new rules for FHA loans

HUD proposes new rules for FHA loans | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In an announcement from HUD, the provision would require lenders to certify they have not been barred or suspended by any Federal department or agency, and that they have not been indicted or convicted of any wrong doing that would call into question their ability to carry out the responsibilities of the FHA program.
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It's Time For Deep Linking To Move Past The Plumbing

It's Time For Deep Linking To Move Past The Plumbing | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
We've heard a lot about deep links so far this year. from Google at I/O and Apple at WWDC. My employer, Bitly, threw its hat in the ring, too. But I feel like the industry is stuck talking about how to implement deep links—and not why.
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Mortgage industry to CFPB: Stop normalizing bad data

Mortgage industry to CFPB: Stop normalizing bad data | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The mortgage finance industry is still not happy with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and its consumer complaint narrative database, which publishes unvetted and unverified anonymous complaints against specific companies.
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