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NAR: Obama’s Zillow-moderated housing chat ‘not a serious discussion’

NAR: Obama’s Zillow-moderated housing chat ‘not a serious discussion’ | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The selection of Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff as the moderator of President Barack Obama’s chat with America about housing today seems to have the National Association of Realtors scrambling to explain how Zillow, and not NAR, got the call from the White House.

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President Obama Endorses Overhauling Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

President Obama Endorses Overhauling Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

President Obama devoted an entire speech yesterday to the housing market, specifically reforms he'd like to see made to our home financing system. The speech represented the most focused comments the president has made on housing since his reelection nearly a year ago, as well as the White House’s most specific recommendations yet for how to reform the nation’s home financing system.

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CoreLogic: Rapid Rise in Home Prices 'Remarkable'

CoreLogic: Rapid Rise in Home Prices 'Remarkable' | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
During the first six months of this year, home prices jumped 10 percent, the fastest pace in 36 years, CoreLogic reports.
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AmazonFresh Is Jeff Bezos' Last Mile Quest For Total Retail Domination

AmazonFresh Is Jeff Bezos' Last Mile Quest For Total Retail Domination | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Amazon upended retail but CEO Jeff Bezos -- who just bought The Washington Post for $250 million -- insists its still Day One. What comes next A...
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Walker & Dunlop premieres new multifamily loan

Walker & Dunlop premieres new multifamily loan | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Walker & Dunlop launched its new large loan bridge program, which will originate adjustable-rate mortgages for multifamily properties that would otherwise have no financing.
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Brands Find the Link Between Viral Videos and Vending Machines

Brands Find the Link Between Viral Videos and Vending Machines | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Digitally tricked-out vending machines keep popping up around the globe, surprising and delighting consumers with new gimmicks and free samples. Local goodwill is the endgame if you take the activations at face value.
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ClosingCorp, RamQuest expand relationship

ClosingCorp, RamQuest expand relationship | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

ClosingCorp, which provides real estate closing cost data and technologies for mortgage lenders, real estate professionals and consumers, has expanded its relationship with Plano, Texas-based RamQuest Inc., a provider of business solutions for title and settlement agents.

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Lending standards continue to tighten

Lending standards continue to tighten | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Demand for prime mortgages is on the rise, senior loan officers claim in a new survey.
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The Big Social Media Mistake Sellers Can't Afford

The Big Social Media Mistake Sellers Can't Afford | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Social media hit the real estate industry like wild fire, transforming almost every aspect of listing and selling real estate, but social media is not without flaws.
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Warren Buffett Has A Whopping 9,000% Gain On His Washington Post Investment

Warren Buffett Has A Whopping 9,000% Gain On His Washington Post Investment | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

You may recall that Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway is the largest and among the longest-tenured shareholders in the Washington Post Company, which owns the paper along with a bunch of other stuff including test prep firm Kaplan.

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What degree of risk are you willing to tolerate in your digital documents?

What degree of risk are you willing to tolerate in your digital documents? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

As the use of digitally signed documents becomes more widespread, the question for you and your clients is, “What degree of risk are you willing to tolerate in your digital documents and what can you do to protect yourself against fraudulent signatures?”

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Section 8 Voucher Holder Now a Protected Class Under Cook County’s Fair Housing Law

Section 8 Voucher Holder Now a Protected Class Under Cook County’s Fair Housing Law | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Starting on August 8th, it will be a violation of the Cook County Human Rights Ordinance to discriminate in real estate transactions based upon an individual participating in a housing choice voucher program (Section 8).

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Groupon appoints co-founder Eric Lefkofsky as CEO

Groupon appoints co-founder Eric Lefkofsky as CEO | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Groupon co-founder and interim chief executive Eric Lefkofsky has been named CEO of the Chicago-basd daily deals company, moving from an interim executive position to a more permanent role.
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Statement From NAR President Gary Thomas on President Obama's Housing Finance Reform Speech

Statement From NAR President Gary Thomas on President Obama's Housing Finance Reform Speech | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

“President Obama today outlined key principles of comprehensive housing finance reform during a speech in Phoenix. These principles closely mirror the outline presented by the National Association of Realtors® to the administration in early 2011.

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Trademarks as keywords in internet searches: what brand owners can do to protect their rights

Trademarks as keywords in internet searches: what brand owners can do to protect their rights | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Google AdWords is Google's main advertising product. According to some sources, Google generated advertising revenues totaling US$42.5 billion in 2012. AdWords works by matching paid advertisements with specific “keywords” or search terms entered into Google’s search engine by users.

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Calif Home Buyer Survey

Calif Home Buyer Survey | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The Survey covers home buyer demographics, the types of homes purchased and preferences, the details of the buying experience from the buyer perspective, and many aspects concerning client and real estate agent interaction.

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Android Now Controls A Breathtaking 80% Of The Smartphone Market

Android Now Controls A Breathtaking 80% Of The Smartphone Market | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

According to the latest data from IDC, Android now controls 79.3% of the global smartphone market, up from 69.1% a year ago. Apple, meanwhile, 13.2% of the market, a drop from 16.6% a year ago. 

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Monotasking Is The New Multitasking

Monotasking Is The New Multitasking | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
How can you get anything done when your tasks turn into competing preoccupations In this age of distraction it's all about monotasking. Here are six...
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Zillow, Inc. Reports Record Second Quarter 2013 Results

Zillow, Inc. Reports Record Second Quarter 2013 Results | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Record Revenue of $46.9 million, up 69% over second quarter 2012.Record Marketplace Revenue of $36.5 million, up 86% over second quarter 2012.Record quarterly and all-time traffic, topping a record 61 million monthly unique users on mobile and Web in July 2013 (up 66% year-over-year).Premier Agent count grew 71% year-over-year, adding a record 4,777 quarterly subscribers.
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Illinois Cracks Down Further on AMCs

Illinois Cracks Down Further on AMCs | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
As a result of the Dodd-Frank Act, many individual states are requiring appraisal management companies (AMCs) and their employees to register with their domicile state in order to continue operation.
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Menu Dashboard Locu Launches Publisher Platform, Makes Its Data Available To All

Menu Dashboard Locu Launches Publisher Platform, Makes Its Data Available To All | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Locu, the increasingly popular menu dashboard for restaurants and local merchants, today announced that it has opened its publisher platform to any online publisher who is interested in using its data...
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Small Claims Court Manual Will be an Aid to REALTORS

Small Claims Court Manual Will be an Aid to REALTORS | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Over the course of a career, a real estate agent may find himself in small claims court in connection with a dispute arising out of a real estate transaction. He may be there as a defendant, as a witness, or even as a plaintiff.
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Three Out Of Four Young Adults Delete Social Media Posts Over Fears They Could Harm Their Careers

Three Out Of Four Young Adults Delete Social Media Posts Over Fears They Could Harm Their Careers | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

According to a survey of 1,000 American adults, 29% of people aged 18-34 said they have posted a photo, comment, or other personal info they fear could compromise their current or future job prospects. However, it seems many are thinking, "better safe than sorry," as a full 74% of respondents in that age group removed something to avoid a negative reaction from an employer or prospective employer.

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Zillow keeps the focus on the ‘big pie’: audience

Zillow keeps the focus on the ‘big pie’: audience | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

How did Zillow, the operator of the nation’s most visited real estate portal, grow revenue by 69 percent in one year? It doesn’t hurt that the housing recovery helped boost traffic to the firm’s sites by 66 percent from a year ago in July, with 61 million unique visitors using mobile devices and the Web in July.

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Today’s “Let’s Talk Real Estate” with Congressman Bill Foster kicks off this new event series for Illinois REALTORS®

Today’s “Let’s Talk Real Estate” with Congressman Bill Foster kicks off this new event series for Illinois REALTORS® | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Congressman Bill Foster of Illinois’ 11th District met with 60 members of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) at the first in a series of“Let’s Talk Real Estate” events hosted by IAR to connect members of Congress with their REALTOR® constituents back in the home district.

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