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Rules of engagement in home appraisals

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A real estate appraisal organization has sent up a collective, exasperated sigh over the apparently widespread misunderstandings that seem to surround the process of getting a home appraised — and may even sabotage some sales.

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Google extends Android voice search to Zillow, Shazam, NPR

Google extends Android voice search to Zillow, Shazam, NPR | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
“OK Google, where are the open houses in Chicago?” That’s a question that might yield a useful response for Android users, now that Zillow’s real estate service is integrated into Google’s voice search.
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Phoenix bans plywood for vacant REOs

Phoenix bans plywood for vacant REOs | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Phoenix residents and government officials decided to take a stand against blight and now is one of the first cities to start mandating the use of reinforced plastic to cover windows instead of plywood.
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Beyond E-Signatures

Beyond E-Signatures | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
To get perspective on where the industry is today with e-signatures and related technologies, and where it is headed, I recently had a conversation with Andy Wang, the director of financial services solutions at DocuSign.
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Redfin Appoints Bridget Frey as Chief Technology Officer

Redfin Appoints Bridget Frey as Chief Technology Officer | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Redfin (www.redfin.com), the next-generation real estate brokerage, today announced the appointment of Bridget Frey to the role of chief technology officer. Frey most recently served as senior vice president of engineering at Redfin and has been with the company since 2011. As chief technology officer, Frey will lead the entire engineering organization in Seattle and San Francisco, reporting to Redfin chief executive officer Glenn Kelman.
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World's longest glass skywalk opens in China

World's longest glass skywalk opens in China | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The world's longest glass-bottomed cantilever skywalk has been opened to tourists at the Longgang National Geological Park, Chongqing, China. The stunning walkway stretches an impressive 26.64 m (87.4 ft) into thin air, offering a breathtaking vista of the landscape.
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CFPB, Maryland AG take action against pay-to-play mortgage-kickback scheme

CFPB, Maryland AG take action against pay-to-play mortgage-kickback scheme | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In a complaint filed in federal court, the CFPB and Maryland allege that the Maryland-based title company’s executives and the named loan officers traded cash and marketing services in exchange for mortgage referrals. Under proposed consent orders filed today, if entered by the court, five of the six individual defendants would be banned from the mortgage industry and required to pay a total of $662,500 in redress and penalties.
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New York cracks down on title insurers for kickbacks

New York cracks down on title insurers for kickbacks | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The state of New York is cracking down on the title insurance industry after a New York Department of Financial Services investigation found that some title insurers are providing kickbacks in exchange for business and passing those costs along to consumers by significantly inflating title insurance premiums.
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Pending Home Sales Increase in March for Third Consecutive Month

Pending Home Sales Increase in March for Third Consecutive Month | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Pending Home Sales Index,* a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, climbed 1.1 percent to 108.6 in March from an upward revision of 107.4 in February and is now 11.1 percent above March 2014 (97.7). The index has now increased year-over-year for seven consecutive months and is at its highest level since June 2013 (109.4).
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These Pretty City Maps Were Drawn By Our Paths Through Them

These Pretty City Maps Were Drawn By Our Paths Through Them | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Mapbox, the Washington, D.C.-based mapping company that provides public mapping tools under an open source philosophy and works with clients like Square, Evernote, and Foursquare, produced the Flickr photography maps using metadata gleaned by scraping the data from publicly available pictures on the site.
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Freddie Mac selling $233 million pool of Ocwen-serviced loans

Freddie Mac selling $233 million pool of Ocwen-serviced loans | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Freddie Mac announced Tuesday that it is preparing to auction off a $233 million pool of non-performing loans, which are serviced by Ocwen Financial (OCN).
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100 Greatest Sports Photos of All-Time

100 Greatest Sports Photos of All-Time | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

April 5, 1968 | Two giants of the NBA, Bill Russell of the Boston Celtics boxes out Wilt Chamberlain of the 76ers during a game in Philadelphia.

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This was the collction of photos I sent with my 18,000th tweet today.  Enjoy!

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More Than Half of US Retailers Plan to Move Ecommerce Hosting to the Cloud in 2015

More Than Half of US Retailers Plan to Move Ecommerce Hosting to the Cloud in 2015 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Nearly three-quarters of retailers in the US expect online revenue to increase by 17 percent in 2015, a growth supported by cloud technology and investments in mobile, according to a new report by eBay Enterprise.
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Zillow Group Brands Win Four Webby Awards

Zillow Group Brands Win Four Webby Awards | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Zillow won two awards for best real estate website, for both the judge-voted Webby and the fan-voted People's Voice award. Zillow also took home the People's Voice award for its iPad® app, under the Services and Utilities category.
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The 15 hottest markets for homebuyers and sellers this spring

The 15 hottest markets for homebuyers and sellers this spring | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Spring ushers in the start of the busiest home-buying season, and according to Realtor.com’s Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke, supply and demand have gained strong momentum, bringing these 15 markets to the top of the list this year.
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Judge Throws The Book At Patent Troll

Judge Throws The Book At Patent Troll | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Seriously, what kind of shenanigans do you have to be up to for every single member of your in-house legal department and outside law firm to be disqualified from a case?
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Tesla unveils battery storage system for home, business and utility use

Tesla unveils battery storage system for home, business and utility use | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Tesla home battery system hinted at by CEO Elon Musk several months ago has finally been unveiled by Musk himself at the company’s design studio in Hawthorne, California. Dubbed the Powerwall, the stationary home battery offers 10 kWh of storage capacity for the relatively modest price of US$3,500. A smaller unit is also available at 7 kWh for $3,000, and homeowners can stack multiple units if needed.
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Microsoft announces Office plug-ins for Uber, LinkedIn and DocuSign

Microsoft announces Office plug-ins for Uber, LinkedIn and DocuSign | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The add-ins will work across different platforms. Among the first companies to take advantage are DocuSign, which now integrates its electronic signatures with Word, and SAP, which runs in Excel. Plug-ins for Outlook, from LinkedIn and Salesforce, will offer more information and context about people who have emailed you pulled from their own data
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Use Email To Overcome The Customer 'Experience Void'

Use Email To Overcome The Customer 'Experience Void' | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Many of the findings point to opportunities where marketers can use or improve email to reduce what the study called "the engagement void." Below are some key findings from the study and what email marketers can do to help their companies shrink the gap.
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MBA's Cosgrove: The importance of nonbanks in the mortgage market

MBA's Cosgrove: The importance of nonbanks in the mortgage market | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The diversity of business models and charters in our mortgage market is one of its strengths. Big banks, small banks, non-depositories, credit unions, REITs, the list goes on. When market factors impact the ability of one sector to meet consumer needs, lenders with different business models are able to fill the gap.
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Facebook Is Shutting Down Its API For Giving Your Friends’ Data To Apps

Facebook Is Shutting Down Its API For Giving Your Friends’ Data To Apps | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Some users will see it as a positive move that returns control of personal data to its rightful owners. Just because you’re friends with someone, doesn’t mean you necessarily trust their judgment about what developers are safe to deal with. Now, each user will control their own data destiny.
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The Facebook Effect (On Real Estate Prices)

The Facebook Effect (On Real Estate Prices) | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Four years ago, Facebook announced that they were decamping to Menlo Park from their longstanding home of Palo Alto. Just last month, the company finally cut the ribbons on a beautiful 430,000-square foot building designed by Frank Gehry that is basically one giant, open-air room with an enormous park on top.
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Is Ellie Mae headed for another record year?

Is Ellie Mae headed for another record year? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The company reported record revenue in fourth quarter of 2014, with its net income rising 153% from the same period in 2013. The company’s fourth quarter performance completed a record year for Ellie Mae, in which the company posted record revenue of $161.5 million, up 26% from $128.5 million in 2013.
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AT&T Defends Premium Pricing For Privacy

AT&T Defends Premium Pricing For Privacy | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
People who accept AT&T's ad targeting -- which the company calls the “Internet Preferences” program -- can purchase 1 GB service for $70 a month. People who don't want to participate in Internet Preferences will be charged $99 a month for the same 1 GB service.
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10 Things Employees Hate About Town Halls

10 Things Employees Hate About Town Halls | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
I’ll tell you: Employees view most town halls as nothing more than “meh.” How do I know this? My firm has conducted hundreds of surveys and focus groups, so we’ve been able to get employees’ unvarnished feedback about town halls. Yes, employees think it’s valuable to interact with senior leaders. But there are many things they hate about town halls. Here is the top 10 list:
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Big Data-As-A-Service Is Next Big Thing

Big Data-As-A-Service Is Next Big Thing | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Big Data refers to the ever-growing amount of information we are creating and storing, and the analysis and use of this data. In a business sense, it particularly refers to applying insights gleaned from this analysis in order to drive business growth.
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