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Obama taps Zillow founder as 'ambassador of entrepreneurship'

Obama taps Zillow founder as 'ambassador of entrepreneurship' | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Rich Barton, co-founder and executive chairman of Zillow, has been named an inaugural member of the Presidential Ambassadors of Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE).
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Uber Co-Founder Sets Sights on Real Estate Industry - Unveils 'Open, Fair' Platform

Uber Co-Founder Sets Sights on Real Estate Industry - Unveils 'Open, Fair' Platform | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The venture, named Haus, is an “open and fair real estate platform” that grants real estate agents and homebuyers access to all of the offers in front of a seller, among other permissions. The platform was developed by Expa, a startup studio helmed by Garrett Camp, co-founder of Uber.
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Dubai's skyscraper rainforest will create its own tropical climate

Dubai's skyscraper rainforest will create its own tropical climate | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The concept of a skyscraper containing a rainforest sounds almost too absurd to entertain, even for Dubai. It's no longer a concept, though, with work on the Rosemont Hotel and Residences having now started. And the development is even more dripping with flamboyance than first reported last year.
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Realtor.com® expands international reach with global property network

Realtor.com® expands international reach with global property network | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The network further expands the global footprint to 56 countries on realtor.com/international with plans to showcase listings from sites in Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand as well as News Corp's Mansion Global and India-based PropTiger.
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Amazon has launched a device in the UK that allows customers to call out grocery orders from their kitchen

Amazon has launched a device in the UK that allows customers to call out grocery orders from their kitchen | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Amazon Dash is a small handheld stick that is designed to make it easier for customers to order everything they'd normally get from their supermarket via AmazonFresh — the company's online food delivery service.
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U.S. expands investigation into money laundering by foreign cash buyers

U.S. expands investigation into money laundering by foreign cash buyers | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The federal government revealed Wednesday that its investigation into foreign buyers using high-end U.S. real estate as a means to launder money found that potentially illicit activity is behind a “significant” portion of the cash transactions in Manhattan and Miami, and plans to expand the investigation into several other areas.
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Pending Home Sales Marginally Rise in June

Pending Home Sales Marginally Rise in June | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Pending Home Sales Index,* a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, inched 0.2 percent to 111.0 in June from 110.8 in May and is now 1.0 percent higher than June 2015 (109.9). With last month's minor improvement, the index is now at its second highest reading over the past 12 months, but is noticeably down from this year's peak level in April (115.0).
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Case Shiller: May home prices rise at modest rate

Case Shiller: May home prices rise at modest rate | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
National home prices increased by 5% annually in May, the same as the previous month, however the 10-City and 20-City Composite both slipped in annual increases, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices, formerly known as S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices.
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Housing supply increase brings slight relief to California homebuyers

Housing supply increase brings slight relief to California homebuyers | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
No one envies the plight of the homebuyers in California, who struggle against low inventory, high demand, and rising prices. Due to a recent rise in inventory, however, it could be getting slightly better.

California pending home sales increased in June, the third straight month of annual increases, according to the California Association of Realtors.
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Calif June pending sales and Market Pulse Survey

Calif June pending sales and Market Pulse Survey | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The California housing market remained very competitive, as C.A.R.’s June Market Pulse Survey** reflected a slight increase in sales with three or more offers over the previous year, particularly in homes priced $300,000-$399,000, which climbed from 8 percent in June 2015 to 18 percent this year.
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IoT and cameras: Going from smart to intelligent

IoT and cameras: Going from smart to intelligent | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Vendors such as Cisco and IBM are key companies in the market. Internet of Things (IoT) technologies are only beginning to integrate intelligent cameras. Here are some examples of IoT platforms that are already using this innovative tech and the potential future market segments.
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With the Yahoo deal, Verizon will pass Google and Facebook to become the biggest web network

With the Yahoo deal, Verizon will pass Google and Facebook to become the biggest web network | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
This chart from Statista shows ComScore's June 2016 measurements of visitors to the most popular networks of web properties in the United States. Yahoo has long been number three behind Google and Facebook, and now has about 206 million unique visitors. Verizon also owns AOL's network of sites, including properties like the Huffington Post, Engadget, and TechCrunch, which account for another 153.6 million.
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Key Takeaways from the June Existing Home Sales Report 

Key Takeaways from the June Existing Home Sales Report  | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
June existing home sales were up 3 percent year-over-year, slightly lower than the annual pace of growth recorded in April and May (figure 1). Single-family home sales posted stronger year-over-year gains than the condo/coop category in every month during the first half of 2016. In June, single-family home sales were up 3.1 percent from last year, while condo/coop sales were up 1.6 percent over the year.
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Google's New App Isn't The Next Best Thing To The Louvre. It Might Be Better

Google's New App Isn't The Next Best Thing To The Louvre. It Might Be Better | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
For instance, you can browse all of Van Gogh's paintings chronologically to see how much more vibrant his work became over time. Or you can sort Monet's paintings by color for a glimpse at his nuanced use of gray.
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DocuSign now enabled with Google Docs Android Add-Ons

DocuSign now enabled with Google Docs Android Add-Ons | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Our integration allows you to use DocuSign to sign and get documents signed directly within the app through its newly launched “Docs and Sheets Android Add-ons.” Now, users can pull up documents already saved in their Google Docs (or Sheets) app on Android and directly prepare the document to sign themselves or even send to others to get their signatures.
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Shed-like Tinhouse is a triumph of utilitarian design

Shed-like Tinhouse is a triumph of utilitarian design | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
If you tell someone their house looks like a shed, it isn't usually taken as a compliment, but Rural Design's Tinhouse was designed that way. Located in a rural plot in Scotland's Isle of Skye, the appealing home echoes the modest agricultural buildings that dot the area.
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Oracle buys enterprise cloud services company NetSuite for $9.3B

Oracle buys enterprise cloud services company NetSuite for $9.3B | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Oracle will acquire NetSuite for about $9.3 billion, or $109 per share in an all-cash deal, the companies announced Thursday. Both Oracle and NetSuite’s cloud service offerings aimed at enterprise customers will continue to operate and “coexist in the marketplace forever,” according to a statement by Oracle CEO Mark Hurd.
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CoreLogic: Cash sales this year lowest start since 2008

CoreLogic: Cash sales this year lowest start since 2008 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Cash sales made up 31.6% of total home sales in April, a decrease of 2.8 percentage points annually, according to a recent report from CoreLogic.

Cash sales share of the market sales decreased 1.6 percentage points from March to April.
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Fidelity National Financial acquires Commissions, Inc.

Fidelity National Financial acquires Commissions, Inc. | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Fidelity National Financial, the nation’s largest title insurance company, announced Tuesday that the company is acquiring Commissions, Inc., a provider of web-based real estate marketing and CRM software for residential real estate agents and agent teams, with an eye towards expansion.
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C.A.R. launches Innovators Workshop

C.A.R. launches Innovators Workshop | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) this month launched the C.A.R. Innovators Workshop, seeking to drive further innovation of products, services, and solutions that will create efficiencies, improve productivity, and help REALTORS®, brokerages, and other real estate professionals to do their jobs and serve their clients better, smarter, and more efficiently.
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New home sales reach 8-year high

New home sales reach 8-year high | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
New home sales are up once again, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

In fact, they even reached at eight-year high, showing that the low mortgage rates combined with a solid job market are improving the economy, according to this article by Josh Boak for ABC News.
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Janet Howcroft's curator insight, July 26, 7:38 PM

New home sales are up once again, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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Janet Howcroft's curator insight, July 27, 11:01 AM

home sales are up in 2016

 - July 26
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CoreLogic revenue explodes thanks to growing property valuation business

CoreLogic revenue explodes thanks to growing property valuation business | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
CoreLogic closed the FNC acquisition in April, with the cost for the provider of real estate collateral information technology and solutions coming in at $400 million instead of the $475 million it was first estimated to cost.

In 2015, CoreLogic purchased LandSafe Appraisal Services, an appraisal management company, from Bank of America for $122 million.
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14 unbelievable concert venues from around the world

14 unbelievable concert venues from around the world | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
From Ireland's Slane Castle, which has hosted musicians like the Rolling Stones and David Bowie, to Sweden's Dalhalla amphitheater, which is built in a former limestone quarry, here are 14 fascinating places you can enjoy live music around the world.
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Party like its 2007 | S&P Dow Jones Indices - HousingViews

Party like its 2007 | S&P Dow Jones Indices - HousingViews | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
House sales and prices are rising.  Home sales in June were 5.57 million at annual rates, the highest since February 2007 when national home prices peaked.  Currently prices as measured by the S&P/Case-Shiller National Home Price Index are climbing at a 5% annual rate and are a mere 3% from their all-time peak.
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Homes Selling Fast Amid Low Supply

Homes Selling Fast Amid Low Supply | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Tight inventory continues to be a major factor for home shoppers. The supply of homes for sale is nearly 5 percent lower than it was a year ago, and 38 percent lower than its peak level in 2011. With fewer available options, home shoppers are moving quickly to buy homes, with the average U.S. home closing after 78 days on the market.
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Janet Howcroft's curator insight, July 27, 6:32 PM

Sales are up!

 - July 22
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Existing-Home Sales Ascend Again in June, First-time Buyers Provide Spark

Existing-Home Sales Ascend Again in June, First-time Buyers Provide Spark | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Total existing-home sales1, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, climbed 1.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.57 million in June from a downwardly revised 5.51 million in May. After last month's gain, sales are now up 3.0 percent from June 2015 (5.41 million) and remain at their highest annual pace since February 2007 (5.79 million).
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Janet Howcroft's curator insight, July 27, 11:05 AM

Market is till very active

 - July 21