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We're Spending A Lot More Time Online Thanks To Smartphones And Tablets

We're Spending A Lot More Time Online Thanks To Smartphones And Tablets | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

If you were ever wondering why Google has aggressively pursued Android, this chart is the answer. Mobile gadgets like smartphones and tablets have drastically increased the time we spend online according to a new report by comScore. The more time we're online, the better it is for Google

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August Home Sales Forecast: Steady into Autumn - Zillow Research

August Home Sales Forecast: Steady into Autumn - Zillow Research | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Tight inventory finally caught up with existing home sales in July with sales falling 3.2 percent after meeting or beating expectations for much of the spring. The August home sales forecast predicts a slight recovery in existing home sales, only bringing them back in line with the range that has prevailed since March.
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Former HER Realtors(R) President Michael Mahon Takes Helm at First Team Real Estate

Former HER Realtors(R) President Michael Mahon Takes Helm at First Team Real Estate | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
“Michael brings an impressive list of accomplishments to his role as president of First Team Real Estate, in addition to a number of unique characteristics that render him particularly well suited to lead the organization,” states Cameron Merage, First Team’s CEO and founder.
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GSEs to raise conforming loan limits in 2017?

GSEs to raise conforming loan limits in 2017? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In the second quarter of 2016, the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s house price index was almost identical to the level of the index in the third quarter of 2007, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.

So why is this so important? Once the HPI reaches pre-crisis levels, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac can raise the conforming loan limits — the maximum mortgage origination balance the GSEs are permitted to buy. Loans above the limit are known as jumbo loans.
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Homebuilder confidence hits 11-month high

Homebuilder confidence hits 11-month high | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Confidence among U.S. homebuilders rose to an 11-month high in September, indicating the housing market will continue to advance, according to data Monday from the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo.
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Who is the typical Canadian home buyer?

Who is the typical Canadian home buyer? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Not a day goes by without a new piece of news popping up about the real estate market in Canada. As we’ve been watching home prices hitting record after record in most metropolises across Canada, most of us have probably been asking ourselves where all this is going and how the changes are impacting home buyers and real estate professionals alike.
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The Thumb Zone: Designing For Mobile Users

The Thumb Zone: Designing For Mobile Users | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
If there is one thing that will stand the test of time, it’s thumb placement on mobile devices. This makes consideration of the “thumb zone“, a term coined in Steven Hoober’s research, an important factor in the design and development of mobile interfaces.
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Patent Troll to Stop Seeking Fees from Real Estate Companies

Patent Troll to Stop Seeking Fees from Real Estate Companies | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In a major victory for real estate, Data Distribution Technologies, LLC—a so-called patent troll that has been demanding patent licensing fees from real estate companies—has agreed to a settlement with the National Association of REALTORS® that will prevent it from suing, or threatening to sue, real estate practitioners, brokerages, MLSs and other companies in the real estate industry that offer email alerts to consumers about new or updated listings.
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Driving App Engagement With Personalization Techniques 

Driving App Engagement With Personalization Techniques  | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Researchers claim that we humans can no longer brag about being able to concentrate for a full 12 seconds on a coherent thought, thanks to the digitization of our lives. We now lose concentration after about 8 seconds, which, sadly, is 1 second less than the attention span of a goldfish.
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UBITQUITY Real Estate Platform Nearing Alpha

UBITQUITY Real Estate Platform Nearing Alpha | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Using ColoredCoins and its torrent-powered Metadata handler, UBITQUITY puts all the necessary information for a title into an online asset. The system stores everything from the cost of the property, to its ownership history, even an image of the property. So long as ColoredCoins has a user base, the information should remain secure online, forever.
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Current Population Survey 2016: Household Income Up, Poverty Down

Current Population Survey 2016: Household Income Up, Poverty Down | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau[1] on household income and poverty offer some good news for American families overall, with positive potential impacts on housing. U.S. annual household incomes grew 5.2 percent year-over-year in 2015, to $56,516, the first annual increase since 2007 and the strongest pace of income growth in a decade. That’s about $2,800 more in the average American’s pocket last year.
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12 hidden features in iOS 10

12 hidden features in iOS 10 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The update brings Siri to third-party apps and supercharges Messages with a lot of new superpowers. Siri and Messages may be the stars of iOS 10, but there are still plenty of new features to get excited about — even if they aren't immediately obvious.
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One of the world's most popular ad blockers is now selling ads

One of the world's most popular ad blockers is now selling ads | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
But consumer advocates and privacy experts have also criticized the program for a lack of transparent standards. Eyeo had previously promised to launch a nonprofit, independent board as an arbiter of which sites make the cut, but such plans have yet to materialize.
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NY regulator proposes cyber security rules

NY regulator proposes cyber security rules | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
New York state is proposing new rules requiring banks and insurance companies to establish cybersecurity programs and designate an internal cybersecurity officer, in what Gov. Andrew Cuomo described as a "first-in-the-natio
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Zillow sells Diverse Solutions to Market Leader, 5 years after acquiring real estate marketing startup

Zillow sells Diverse Solutions to Market Leader, 5 years after acquiring real estate marketing startup | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Five years after acquiring online real estate marketing startup Diverse Solutions, Zillow Group today sold the company to Market Leader.

Market Leader, a subsidiary of Constellation Software Inc., is a 17-year old company based in Bellevue, Wash. that provides sales and marketing tools to more than 200,000 agents, brokerages, and franchises across the U.S. and Canada. It started in 1999 as HouseValues.
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HER names new chief

HER names new chief | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
President Michael Mahon has left the position to become president of the Southern California firm First Team Real Estate.

Mahon, who served as HER president for 18 months, has been replaced by HER Chief Financial Officer Shawn Adams, who will serve as both CFO and president of the Columbus-based firm.
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Want To Try Living In A Different City? Join This Nationwide Community Of House Swaps

Want To Try Living In A Different City? Join This Nationwide Community Of House Swaps | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A new startup is trying to solve the problem by connecting people for home exchanges in a nationwide housing community. If someone gets a job in another city and wants to move, they can move into another member's house without actually having to sell their old place.
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Meet Redfin's Nela Richardson: The Internet’s Truth-Telling Economist

Meet Redfin's Nela Richardson: The Internet’s Truth-Telling Economist | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Richardson is now chief economist at Redfin, an online real estate brokerage and research firm. She leads the company’s efforts to leverage their vast database to inform consumers about the still convalescent housing market.
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Long Realty Closing in on Century in Business

Long Realty Closing in on Century in Business | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Nearly a century ago, Roy H. Long saw the potential of real estate in the dry, warm, southwestern climate of Southern Arizona and in 1926 he started a realty company from his Tucson home.
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September 2016 RE/MAX National Housing Report

September 2016 RE/MAX National Housing Report | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
August home sales increased 5.8% over a year ago, reversing July’s decline of 8.8%. At the same time, the median price climbed 5.1% as steady monthly increases continued. August sales were up year-over-year in 41 of the 53 U.S. metro areas analyzed in the RE/MAX National Housing Report.
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Calif - August home sales and price report

Calif - August home sales and price report | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California totaled a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 420,360 units in August, according to information collected by C.A.R. from more than 90 local REALTOR® associations and MLSs statewide. The statewide sales figure represents what would be the total number of homes sold during 2016 if sales maintained the August pace throughout the year. It is adjusted to account for seasonal factors that typically influence home sales.
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Here’s What It’s Like to Ride In Uber’s Self-Driving Car

Here’s What It’s Like to Ride In Uber’s Self-Driving Car | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
“We’re working towards developing a transparent experience that provides riders with enough information about the trip and the vehicle system to feel safe and confident,” says Emily Bartel, a product manager at Uber’s Advanced Technologies Center, in Pittsburgh.
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CoreLogic Reports 548,000 US Homeowners Regained Equity in the Second Quarter of 2016

CoreLogic Reports 548,000 US Homeowners Regained Equity in the Second Quarter of 2016 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
CoreLogic® (CLGX), a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, today released a new analysis showing 548,000 U.S. homeowners regained equity in Q2 2016 compared with the previous quarter, increasing the percentage of homes with positive equity to 92.9 percent of all mortgaged properties, or approximately 47.2 million homes. Nationwide, home equity grew year over year by $646 billion, representing an increase of 9.9 percent in Q2 2016 compared with Q2 2015.
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9 reasons you should download iOS 10 now

9 reasons you should download iOS 10 now | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
If you're slightly skeptical about some of the operating system's features or simply reluctant to change, we've compiled nine awesome reasons why you should put your fears aside and download iOS 10 right now.
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Home flips hit 6-year high

Home flips hit 6-year high | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The latest data from ATTOM Data Solution’s RealtyTrac shows that there were 51,434 single-family homes and condos flipped in the three months to the end of June 2016, up 14 per cent from the previous quarter and up 3 per cent from the second quarter of 2015.
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College Students Can Expect Highest Off-Campus Housing Costs in Palo Alto and Princeton, Lowest in St. Louis

College Students Can Expect Highest Off-Campus Housing Costs in Palo Alto and Princeton, Lowest in St. Louis | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Students attending top-ranked national universities Stanford, Princeton and University of California, Berkeley will pay the most in off-campus housingii. University of Notre Dame, Carnegie Mellon University and Washington University in St. Louis, MO are among the highest ranked schools with the lowest off-campus housing costs.
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