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Why Websites Still Can’t Predict Exactly What You Want

Why Websites Still Can’t Predict Exactly What You Want | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

It should be a golden age for personalization online, and the predictive algorithms that drive it. Data scientists, supported by the stunning growth in the gathering and processing of so-called big data, can extract patterns from massive stores of browsing and sales data in order to predict our likes and dislikes and tailor marketing experiences to us.

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YouTube Is Experimenting With Ultra High Def, Ultra Smooth Video Playback — Here Are The Examples

YouTube Is Experimenting With Ultra High Def, Ultra Smooth Video Playback — Here Are The Examples | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Just a few months back, YouTube bumped up the quality of the videos it hosts by allowing for gorgeous, 60 FPS video playback. Now they're cranking things..
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The Giant Retirement Community That Explains Where Americans Are Moving

The Giant Retirement Community That Explains Where Americans Are Moving | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The Villages, Fla., an hour northwest of Orlando, may be the onlyretirement community that is also the center of its own census-designated statistical area. It also holds another distinction: In 2014, its population rose more quickly than that of any other census area in the United States, climbing 5.4 percent, compared with 0.7 percent for the nation as a whole.

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Direct Agreements Bring Zillow and Trulia More For-Sale Listings than Ever Before; 16 New MLSs Partner with Zillow and Trulia in Past 5 Days

Direct Agreements Bring Zillow and Trulia More For-Sale Listings than Ever Before; 16 New MLSs Partner with Zillow and Trulia in Past 5 Days | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Zillow Group, which houses a portfolio of the largest and most vibrant real estate and home-related brands on mobile and Web, today announced that Zillow® and Trulia® will have a higher number of for-sale-by-agent listings on April 8, after their contracts with ListHub end, than ever before1. Additionally, another 16 new MLS partners have signed agreements in the past week to send their listings directly to Zillow and Trulia

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Yahoo launches feature-heavy mortgage calculator

Yahoo launches feature-heavy mortgage calculator | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Google made waves in the mortgage industry earlier this year when it quietly launched a built-in mortgage calculator. Yahoo is joining the mortgage calculator game as well, but its built-in calculator is far more feature-rich than Google's option.
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RealtyTrac: Home prices outpacing wage growth in 76% of U.S.

RealtyTrac: Home prices outpacing wage growth in 76% of U.S. | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The housing recovery is real, but is it recovering too fast? Home prices are growing much faster than wages for a majority of the country, a new report by RealtyTrac shows.
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15 Types of Problem Clients and How to Handle Them

15 Types of Problem Clients and How to Handle Them | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

If you're a salesperson who doesn't like people, you're in the wrong profession. Sales is and always has been about helping people achieve their professional and personal goals. And since each prospect is unique, reps need to be passionate about customizing their offerings to the client's particular needs. 

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Wells Fargo cutting 1,000 mortgage servicing jobs

Wells Fargo cutting 1,000 mortgage servicing jobs | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The bad news? Wells Fargo is cutting about 1,000 mortgage servicing jobs. But the good news is that the job cuts mean there are fewer legacy and problem mortgages to service.
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Zillow Launches Agent Finder, New Way for Home Shoppers to Find Most Active, Reputable Agents in Their Desired Neighborhood

Zillow Launches Agent Finder, New Way for Home Shoppers to Find Most Active, Reputable Agents in Their Desired Neighborhood | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Now, when a home shopper uses Zillow to search for an agent in a specific city or neighborhood, the most active agents, based on past sales, current listings and reviews over the past 12 months, will top the search results.  Shoppers can then personalize their searches based on the criteria that matters to them, including price point, property type, service needed (buying agent or selling agent), specialties such as relocation or short sale, and languages spoken.  

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Realtor® Associations Honored with NAR Community Outreach Awards

Realtor® Associations Honored with NAR Community Outreach Awards | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
NAR has honored seven local Realtor® associations with NAR Community Outreach Awards, for making their communities better places to live and work.
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Black Knight: Foreclosure inventory reaches lowest level since 2007

Black Knight: Foreclosure inventory reaches lowest level since 2007 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
January’s jump in foreclosure starts reversed course - and then some - in February, dropping by 15% to 79,700 for the month, its lowest level since last November, and the third lowest point in at least seven years. Here's what happened.
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Your Late-Night Emails Are Hurting Your Team

Your Late-Night Emails Are Hurting Your Team | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

A frantic environment that includes answering emails at all hours doesn’t make your staff more productive. It just makes them busy and distracted. You base your staff hiring decisions on their knowledge, experience, and unique talents, not how many tasks they can seemingly do at once, or how many emails they can answer in a day.

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Review: The keyless, combo-less Quicklock Bluetooth padlock

Review: The keyless, combo-less Quicklock Bluetooth padlock | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The first time we heard about a padlock that can be unlocked by Bluetooth instead of a key or combination, it was the Noke by FŪZ Designs. While it won't be shipping until this June, however, the ...
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Volvo Gives Away "LifePaint" To Protect Those Outside Its Vehicles

Volvo Gives Away "LifePaint" To Protect Those Outside Its Vehicles | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

From March 27, in a pilot scheme in London and Kent, cyclists can get LifePaint, a reflective safety spray, for free. If the scheme proves popular, Volvo says it will expand it across the U.K. and then internationally.

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San Diego New Homes Must Be Solar-Ready

San Diego New Homes Must Be Solar-Ready | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
San Diego's Board of Supervisors amended the county's building code to require new single-family homes be wired for solar panels and electric vehicles.
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Lexmark purchases Kofax in massive acquisition

Lexmark purchases Kofax in massive acquisition | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In a giant move for housing, Lexmark International purchased document-capture software provider Kofax for approximately $1 billion. Will this be a gamer changer for online mortgages?
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Renters on Zillow Have Competitive Edge with Launch of Time-Stamped Listings

Renters on Zillow Have Competitive Edge with Launch of Time-Stamped Listings | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Zillow, the largest rental site on the Web1, today announced that rental listings now display up-to-the-minute time stamps. In many markets across the country, renters face a lot of competition and are under incredible pressure to act quickly when searching for a new home. Now, with the addition of time stamps to Zillow® rental listings, renters searching Zillow will be able to easily see exactly how long a listing has been on the market, either on the desktop or on the Zillow Rentals Apple® iOS mobile app.  

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Market Leader Joins Zillow Tech Connect: Leads; Program Exceeds 50 Technology Partners

Market Leader Joins Zillow Tech Connect: Leads; Program Exceeds 50 Technology Partners | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

 Zillow, the leading real estate and home-related information marketplace, today announced that Zillow® Tech Connect: Leads has cleared a new milestone: 51 technology partners are now available through the platform, including highly-requested Market Leader, which was acquired along with Trulia in February by Zillow Group.

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Seth's Blog: What is customer service for?

Seth's Blog: What is customer service for? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Customer service is difficult, expensive and unpredictable. But it's a mistake to assume that any particular example is automatically either good or bad. A company might spend almost nothing on customer service but still succeed in reaching its goals. Customer...
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New home sales rebound 25% in February

New home sales rebound 25% in February | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Tuesday’s report of sales of new single-family houses finally brings some positive new to the housing market after a series of rough reports at the start to the year. Could this finally be the end of the bad news?
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Ocwen speeds exodus from mortgage servicing with latest, massive MSR sale

Ocwen speeds exodus from mortgage servicing with latest, massive MSR sale | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In what’s becoming a weekly occurrence, Ocwen Financial announced Tuesday that it will sell off another massive agency mortgage servicing rights portfolio. The buyer this time? Nationstar, which is expecting more, similar deals to come.
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NAR-Existing-Home Sales Slightly Improve in February, Price Growth Gains Steam

NAR-Existing-Home Sales Slightly Improve in February, Price Growth Gains Steam | 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, rose 1.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.88 million in February from 4.82 million in January. Sales are 4.7 percent higher than a year ago and above year-over-year totals for the fifth consecutive month.

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24 New MLSs, Including the Combined Los Angeles/Westside MLS (CLAW), to Send Zillow and Trulia Direct Feeds

24 New MLSs, Including the Combined Los Angeles/Westside MLS (CLAW), to Send Zillow and Trulia Direct Feeds | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Zillow Group, which houses a portfolio of the largest and most vibrant real estate and home-related brands on mobile and Web, today announced that another 24 new MLS partners have signed agreements in the past week to send their listings directly to Zillow® and Trulia®.

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4 technology drivers for game-changing customer service in mortgage lending

4 technology drivers for game-changing customer service in mortgage lending | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Let’s admit it, the mortgage lending process can be cumbersome. As a technology executive at a major mortgage lender, I know this. But I believed the process was only flawed at other lenders, that is until this happened.
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How to Design an Agenda for an Effective Meeting

How to Design an Agenda for an Effective Meeting | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

We’ve all been in meetings where participants are unprepared, people veer off-track, and the topics discussed are a waste of the team’s time. These problems — and others like it — stem from poor agenda design. An effective agenda sets clear expectations for what needs to occur before and during a meeting.

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