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CoreLogic: Mortgage fraud risk rises 3.2% in last year

CoreLogic: Mortgage fraud risk rises 3.2% in last year | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The risk of mortgage fraud has increased by 3.2% in the past year, led by Florida, according to the CoreLogic Mortgage Fraud Report.
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RealtyTrac: Foreclosure sales fall to lowest level since Q1 2011

RealtyTrac: Foreclosure sales fall to lowest level since Q1 2011 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
According to the report, residential properties, including single-family homes, condominiums and townhomes, sold at an estimated annual pace of 4,402,741 in September, a decrease of 1% from August 2014 and a decrease of 19% from one year ago.
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Top Agent Network sues Zillow alleging fraud, stolen trade secrets

Top Agent Network sues Zillow alleging fraud, stolen trade secrets | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
San Francisco-based Top Agent Network filed suit Monday in U.S District Court for the Northern District of California against Zillow, alleging theft of its proprietary trade secrets to create the highly touted “Coming Soon” feature.
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The 100 People Who Will Shape The Future of The Internet

The 100 People Who Will Shape The Future of The Internet | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Kieren McCarthy wrote a piece on TheRegister.co.uk about the 100 people who will shape the future of the Internet. The article takes a look at the Cross Communiy Working Group who will set out to propose the right transition plan for IANA.

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A $95,000 Oculus Rift Ride Will Give You A Tour Of The World's Most Expensive Real Estate

A $95,000 Oculus Rift Ride Will Give You A Tour Of The World's Most Expensive Real Estate | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

There’s a Jackson Pollock hanging outside my closet door, and my marble fireplace appears to stretch the width of three ping pong tables. The living room overlooks a wide-angle view of Miami's Key Biscayne Bridge.

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In A Flood, This Amphibious House Starts To Float

In A Flood, This Amphibious House Starts To Float | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

hanks to climate change, some of the world's rainiest places are likely to get rainier--and more likely to flood. In the U.K., where intense rainfall led to floods that caused over $1.5 billion in damages last year, architects have come up with an answer: An amphibious house that starts to float when water levels rise.

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TILA-RESPA: Smart lenders are taking action today

TILA-RESPA: Smart lenders are taking action today | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
If you’re still filling out forms manually, or going back and forth between two or more different systems, you’re not going to survive — it’s just too time-consuming and costly.
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Redfin signs second homebuilder to custom listing service

Redfin signs second homebuilder to custom listing service | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Redfin said it will work with Nitti Development to market Berteau, an Elmhurst, Illinois, development featuring 56 single-family homes ranging in price from $819,000 to over $1 million. Redfin launched Redfin Builder Services in November, signing its first client in Seattle.
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CHART OF THE DAY: Cell Phone Bills Are Up 50% Since The iPhone Was Invented

CHART OF THE DAY: Cell Phone Bills Are Up 50% Since The iPhone Was Invented | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Despite some recent company efforts to help pay for customers' phone bills through promotions and subscription programs, the telecommunication industry largely relies on customers using more phone data each year — through new applications and innovations — to keep its sales growing, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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Don't Mortgage Your Credibility: TTAB Sustains First Fraud Claim Since In re Bose

Don't Mortgage Your Credibility: TTAB Sustains First Fraud Claim Since In re Bose | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In a precedential decision, on September 30, 2014, the Trademark Trial & Appeal Board (TTAB) sustained an opposition to an application to register the mark NATIONSTAR, finding that the applicant had committed fraud on the Patent & Trademark Office in his claim to have been using the mark at the time the application was filed.
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Hodge to Lead Nationstar’s Correspondent Sales Growth

Hodge to Lead Nationstar’s Correspondent Sales Growth | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Nationstar Mortgage appointed Jon Hodge as vice president and He brings over 12 years of experience focused on correspondent lending at major financial institutions and leading nonbank mortgage companies including Citi, PHH and Nationstar.

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Warren calls for GAO investigation of nonbank servicers

Warren calls for GAO investigation of nonbank servicers | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Senator Elizabeth Warren, along with Congressman Elijah Cummings, sent a letter this week to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, requesting an investigation into the risks posed to consumers by the “unprecedented” growth in nonbank mortgage servicing.
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RealtyTrac: Seriously underwater homes hit 2-year low

RealtyTrac: Seriously underwater homes hit 2-year low | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
“The decrease in underwater properties is promising but the estimated $1.4 trillion in negative equity means that the flood waters are not receding as quickly as they were before, corresponding to slowing home price appreciation,” said Daren Blomquist, vice president at RealtyTrac.
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S&P Case-Shiller: Home-price growth continues to slow

S&P Case-Shiller: Home-price growth continues to slow | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Home-price growth continues to slow, according to the latest S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices for August 2014, with Sunbelt cities leading the pack in declines.
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In This Airplane Redesign, No One And Everyone Gets A Window Seat

In This Airplane Redesign, No One And Everyone Gets A Window Seat | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The reduced weight would lower airplanes’ fuel consumption and travelers’ carbon footprints. With 3.1 billion people traveling by air each year, those savings would add up fast.

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Pending Home Sales Hold Steady in September

Pending Home Sales Hold Steady in September | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The Pending Home Sales Index,* a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, inched  0.3 percent to 105.0 in September from 104.7 in August, and is now 1.0 percent higher than September 2013 (104.0). The index is above 100 for the fifth consecutive month and is at the second-highest level since last September.

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Future Fords will brake for pedestrians automatically

Future Fords will brake for pedestrians automatically | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

A windshield-mounted camera and radar located near the bumper scan the roadway and provide warnings to the driver if a collision risk is detected, and if the driver fails to respond promptly enough, the system can automatically brake, applying full force if necessary.

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Google exec sets new high-altitude skydiving world record

Google exec sets new high-altitude skydiving world record | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Google exec, Alan Eustace, has broken the 128,100-ft (39,045-m) high-altitude skydive record set by Felix Baumgartner in October, 2012 (with much less fanfare). Jumping from a balloon at 135,890 ft (41,419 m) above Roswell, New Mexico, Eustace also set new world records for vertical speed and freefall distance.

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Ocwen posts open letter and apology to borrowers

Ocwen posts open letter and apology to borrowers | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Ocwen Financial has taken a beating after the New York Department of Financial Services sent a letter to the company on Oct. 21 alleging that the company had been backdating letters to borrowers, and now Ocwen is reaching out to homeowners. “We apologize to all borrowers who received misdated letters, the CEO said in a lengthy letter.
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Stop People from Wasting Your Time

Stop People from Wasting Your Time | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Sometimes it’s hard to escape, especially when the time-waster is your boss (one friend recalls a supervisor who “called meetings just to tell long, rambling stories about her college years” and would “chastise anyone who tried to leave and actually perform work”). But in many other situations, you can take steps to regain control of your time and your schedule. Here’s how.

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New home sales gains screech to a virtual halt in September

New home sales gains screech to a virtual halt in September | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Gains in sales of new single-family houses in September 2014 came to a screeching virtual halt, printing at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 467,000.
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Onboard Informatics Announces Listings API+ as Part of Evolving Platform

Onboard Informatics Announces Listings API+ as Part of Evolving Platform | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The Listings API+ offers a single, standardized way for developers to integrate IDX data in real-time. It offers pre-integrations for .Net, Android and other environments.

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State Regulators Form Task Force to Develop Mortgage Servicing Standards

State Regulators Form Task Force to Develop Mortgage Servicing Standards | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A group of state bank regulators is forming a task force to develop new mortgage servicing standards for non-bank firms, according to an announcement.
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San Francisco Airport First in the U.S. to Reach Deals With Uber, Lyft

San Francisco Airport First in the U.S. to Reach Deals With Uber, Lyft | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The airport announced that it had entered into a permit agreement with Sidecar last week, and Uber and Lyft revealed similar deals on Monday. The authorization deals make the airport the first in the country to permit both Uber and Lyft.

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Report: REO Sales Account for More Than Half of All-Cash Transactions

Report: REO Sales Account for More Than Half of All-Cash Transactions | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The sales of REO properties, or those repossessed by lenders, accounted for more than half of all-cash sales in the U.S. in July, according to CoreLogic.
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