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2014 Coldwell Banker Previews International Luxury Market Reports Ranks Hottest Markets of the Year

2014 Coldwell Banker Previews International Luxury Market Reports Ranks Hottest Markets of the Year | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Beverly Hills, Aspen and South Beach, you have company! Locations just outside of historically affluent neighborhoods are becoming major players in the luxury housing market, according to the first Coldwell Banker Previews International® Luxury Market Index.  

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CoStar Group Inc. (via Public) / CoStar Group Announces Partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy

CoStar Group Inc. (via Public) / CoStar Group Announces Partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
CoStar Group announced today an official partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to advance and promote commercial and industrial buildings' energy usage information. CoStar plans to display building energy efficiency and energy performance information in the CoStar Property® database.
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World's first 3D-printed office building completed in Dubai

World's first 3D-printed office building completed in Dubai | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
3D printing technology promises to revolutionize architecture in the near-future, allowing designers to literally click-and-print complex buildings at a lower cost and faster speed than traditional construction methods allow. Another step forward in the field comes via Dubai, where what's hailed as the world's first 3D-printed office was recently completed.
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FHFA: Home prices increase again, rise 1.3%

FHFA: Home prices increase again, rise 1.3% | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
While home prices only increased a meager 1.3% in the first quarter of 2016, it’s added onto a long string of increases; 19 consecutive quarterly price increases to be exact.

According to the Federal Housing Finance Agency House Price Index, this chart shows the seasonally adjusted and unadjusted monthly appreciation rates.
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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Launches First Phase of International Expansion

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Launches First Phase of International Expansion | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The platform, developed in conjunction with Aliso Viejo, CA-based Real Estate Digital, offers the industry’s most complete search experience for global shoppers of U.S. real estate. With two mouse clicks, consumers may choose to translate the website in any of 10 languages besides English including Chinese, French (European and Canadian), German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazilian and European) and Spanish (European and Latin American). The site also seamlessly converts currency and measurements.
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In France, It's Now Illegal For Employers To Send Workers Emails During Off-Hours

In France, It's Now Illegal For Employers To Send Workers Emails During Off-Hours | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Buried inside a recently enacted — and hotly contested — French labor reform bill is an amendment banning companies of 50 or more employees from sending emails after typical work hours. “The right to disconnect” amendment, as it’s so called, is aimed at minimizing the negative impacts of being excessively plugged in.
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Smart toothbrush Grush wins America's Greatest Makers

Smart toothbrush Grush wins America's Greatest Makers | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The toothbrush sends motion to the mobile app in real-time, aiming to keep the brushing kid’s attention for a few minutes. Parents are able to look at the results and see if the child missed some teeth or did not brush enough.
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10 places you should visit in Europe this year, according to Lonely Planet

10 places you should visit in Europe this year, according to Lonely Planet | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The list, which was selected by Lonely Planet's travel experts, includes a mix of destinations that are currently trending, hidden gems that are set to become travel hot spots, and longtime favorites that are offering new experiences for travelers.
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LA making massive smart city dataset available at high-speed

LA making massive smart city dataset available at high-speed | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The city of Los Angeles is opening up the data floodgates by giving researchers unprecedented high-speed access to its smart city data, a move that could spark a raft of new data-driven discoveries.
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Notifications Are Broken. Here's How Google Plans To Fix Them

Notifications Are Broken. Here's How Google Plans To Fix Them | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
One surprising thing revealed by Google's research? Aranda says they found that people tended to open games, social networks, and news apps so often that notifications actually tended to actually drive users away from the apps, not vice versa. So maybe the most important principle of good notifications is this: Your app probably doesn't need them at all.
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Black Knight: Foreclosure starts hit 10-year low

Black Knight: Foreclosure starts hit 10-year low | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
There were fewer foreclosure proceedings initiated during the month of April than in any month in the last 10 years, a new report from Black Knight Financial Services shows.

According to Black Knight’s “First Look” at April’s mortgage performance data, there were 58,700 foreclosure starts in April 2016, which is the lowest number of foreclosure starts since April 2006.
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Undulating apartment block puts Paris on show

Undulating apartment block puts Paris on show | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
MAD Architects is bringing its curvaceous brand of building design to Europe for the first time. The newly announced UNIC apartment block in Paris will be marked by offset, meandering floor plates that taper gradually as the building rises to make the most of the views.
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California home sales off to slowest start since 2008

California home sales off to slowest start since 2008 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
California January through April’s home sales were down 4.5% annually to 117,235, the lowest level for that time frame since 2008, according to PropertyRadar, a software, data and analysis products provider for real estate professionals.

In April alone, single-family home and condominium sales totaled 35,978, an increase of 5.8% from March, but down 8.3%
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April brings strong gains in Illinois home sales and prices

April brings strong gains in Illinois home sales and prices | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In the nine-county Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA), home sales (single-family and condominiums) in April 2016 totaled 10,216 homes sold, up 9.3 percent from April 2015 sales of 9,343 homes. The median price in April 2016 was $230,000 in the Chicago PMSA, up 10.6 percent from $208,000 in April 2015.
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Lenny Partners With FICO To Provide Millennials With FICO® Scores For Free

Lenny Partners With FICO To Provide Millennials With FICO® Scores For Free | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Lenny, the first app to offer credit lines to Millennials, announced today a partnership with FICO (FICO) to provide students and post-grads with their FICO® Score, the standard measure of consumer credit risk. Through its app, Lenny users can now access their FICO® Scores at no cost, learning where they stand financially and how they can build credit history accordingly.  
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The 8 most overlooked mobile app usability issues (and how to fix them)

The 8 most overlooked mobile app usability issues (and how to fix them) | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
To make your customer's mobile experience truly seamless, everything from onboarding to checkout must work flawlessly. Overlooking something as simple as navigation on a mobile device can mean the difference between a paying customer and a dead end.
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Pending Home Sales Lift Off in April to Over 10-Year High

Pending Home Sales Lift Off in April to Over 10-Year High | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Pending Home Sales Index,* a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, hiked up 5.1 percent to 116.3 in April from an upwardly revised 110.7 in March and is now 4.6 percent above April 2015 (111.2). After last month's gain, the index has now increased year-over-year for 20 consecutive months.
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April pending home sales and price report

April pending home sales and price report | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Led by the Central Valley, California statewide pending home sales reversed a three-month decline and posted higher in April, but a persistent shortage of homes for sale may dampen the upcoming spring homebuying season, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) said today.
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Wearable clips onto your steering wheel for eyes-free smartphone control

Wearable clips onto your steering wheel for eyes-free smartphone control | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Team O6 by Fingertips Lab has created a wearable gizmo that offers a way to operate your phone without the need to look at or reach for the screen. The O6 controller is designed to use touch, voice, and gesture input to control apps and listen/respond to messages completely eyes-free.
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Messaging apps are now bigger than social networks

Messaging apps are now bigger than social networks | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Users around the world are logging in to messaging apps to not only chat with friends but also to connect with brands, browse merchandise, and watch content. What were once simple services for exchanging messages, pictures, videos, and GIFs have evolved into expansive ecosystems with their own developers, apps, and APIs.
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The passage of the Defend Trade Secrets Act creates important considerations for trade secret plaintiffs | Technology Law Source

The passage of the Defend Trade Secrets Act creates important considerations for trade secret plaintiffs | Technology Law Source | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Despite the ability to sue in federal courts, it is not a sure bet that federal courts will experience a flood of trade secret claims. Certainly there are provisions of the DTSA that would appeal to plaintiffs, and litigants may benefit from the perceived sophistication of a federal court judge. But there are some key considerations that might cause plaintiffs to pause before filing a trade secret misappropriation action under the federal law.
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"Total-encapsulation" headphones promise wireless audio and language translation

"Total-encapsulation" headphones promise wireless audio and language translation | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Its debut earphones may look like somebody spray-painted sea-shells and asked you to tune into the sounds of the ocean, but if they perform as planned they'll be useful not just for wireless listening, but as portable speakers and language translators, too.
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House passes sweeping change to loan originator licensing rules

House passes sweeping change to loan originator licensing rules | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The House of Representatives just passed a bill that could create a huge impact on the mortgage industry, as mortgage loan officers may soon be able to transition from a traditional bank to a nonbank and keep originating new mortgage loans without having to wait for a new license.
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New home sales reverse course, rise in April

New home sales reverse course, rise in April | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
While new home sales are known to be volatile, the latest April report shows signs that the housing market could finally be returning to normal after a series of up and down reports.

Sales of new single-family houses in April 2016 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 619,000, according to estimates released jointly by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Pittsburgh Steelers recruit robot player

Pittsburgh Steelers recruit robot player | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Pittsburgh Steelers have a new MVP ... and it's a robot. In this case, MVP stands for "Mobile Virtual Player" – a remote controlled robotic dummy designed to help players practice tackling and other plays with less risk of repetitive injuries.
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Which of the 9 types of intelligence do you possess? 

Which of the 9 types of intelligence do you possess?  | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Psychologist, Howard Gardner detailed nine different types of intelligence that humans have and how each one functions. This could help us understand while one friend may be highly gifted musically, another struggles to hear the difference in pitches.
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