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Applications for New Home Sales Rise; Rates Find Stable Ground

Applications for New Home Sales Rise; Rates Find Stable Ground | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Builder Application Survey, applications for new home sales for the month of July rose by 14%. In the meantime, mortgage rates have found some stable ground over the past week as markets have calmed.
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Record Email Opens Driven By Mobile and Targeting

Record Email Opens Driven By Mobile and Targeting | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

It’s hard to beat this expertly curated summary of recent North American Email performance experience, so here’s an abridged eMarketer summary and a link to acquire the complete report, if it should be relevant to your needs.

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Settlement clears the way for Trulia acquisition of Market Leader

Settlement clears the way for Trulia acquisition of Market Leader | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Real estate marketing software company Market Leader Inc. has agreed to settle three lawsuits brought on behalf of shareholders seeking to block the company’s acquisition by real estate portal giant Trulia. 

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Wearable Tech Startup Fitbit Just Raised $43 Million

Wearable Tech Startup Fitbit Just Raised $43 Million | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Activity and fitness startup Fitbit just closed a $43 million round, according to an SEC filing. In March, Fitbit was rumored to be raising a $30 million round at $300 million valuation. 

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15 Ways To Identify Bad Leaders

15 Ways To Identify Bad Leaders | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
It’s important to realize that just because someone holds a position of leadership, doesn’t necessarily mean they should. Put another way, not all leaders are created equal.
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America’s Best Small Town to Live In Is...

America’s Best Small Town to Live In Is... | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

America’s best small town to live in is Sharon, Mass., a quaint New England city that was insulated from the worst of the recession by the healthy job markets in nearby Boston and Providence, R.I., according to Money Magazine. The publication's annual list of best places to live ranked small cities with populations under 50,000...

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NAR/Realtor.com® Agreement Part 1: Displaying Unlisted New Homes & New Home Communities

NAR/Realtor.com® Agreement Part 1: Displaying Unlisted New Homes & New Home Communities | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The National Association of REALTORS® recently voted to approve updates to its operating agreement with realtor.com® and allow more flexibility for the Web site.  There has been a wide range of reactions from REALTORS®. This blog is part one of my five-part series in which I will discuss the propriety of the agreement.

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Here's A Fantastic Animation Showing The Change In US Population By Age From 1900 Through 2060

Here's A Fantastic Animation Showing The Change In US Population By Age From 1900 Through 2060 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

For your morning enjoyment, here's a delightful way to view the change, over time, of the US population, in terms of the relative size of various age groups.

It goes all the way from 1900 to 2060, and you can nicely observe phenomenons like the baby bust, the baby boom, the current retirement boom, and the future periods when the boomers will die off.

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Industry push to raise visibility of home energy efficiency improvements

Industry push to raise visibility of home energy efficiency improvements | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Everybody in real estate knows the rap against “green” and energy efficiency improvements to existing homes: Owners can invest a lot of money and save on utility bills, but then when they go to sell they often find it’s tough to get paybacks through higher prices on their homes.

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HAMP Recipients Seeing Average Savings of $547 per Month

HAMP Recipients Seeing Average Savings of $547 per Month | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury have jointly released the July edition of the Obama Administration's Housing Scorecard—a comprehensive report on the nation’s housing market.
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Online Buyers Notice Retargeted Ads

Online Buyers Notice Retargeted Ads | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
US online buyers shop around on websites as they search for their next purchase, with many visiting more than one site. Once they’ve looked around at products online, retargeted ads for these items seem to get noticed.
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Foreclosure Discounts Fade Away

Foreclosure Discounts Fade Away | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Two years ago, to the delight of investors and the anguish of homeowners, foreclosures regularly sold for 30 percent or more below the price of normal homes.  How times have change!
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10 Cities to Retire In Without a Car

10 Cities to Retire In Without a Car | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

There are a few unfortunate retirement stereotypes out there that can keep would-be retirees from pursuing that life they've always dreamed of. The idea that you have to be in some far-flung cluster of fellow non-workers puttering around in a golf cart, "island car" convertible or another generation's Cadillac is not only narrow-minded, but no way to approach yourfixed income.

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Most Renters Aren't Protected From Losses

Most Renters Aren't Protected From Losses | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Renters insurance costs about $17 a month but 65 percent of renters aren't covered. In cities where renters outnumber buyers, a disaster could create much homelessness.
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Seth's Blog: Your first mistake might be assuming that people are rational

Seth's Blog: Your first mistake might be assuming that people are rational | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Your second mistake could be assuming that people are eager for change. And the marketer's third mistake is assuming that once someone knows things the way you know them, they will choose what you chose.
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HomeServices acquires Prudential Fox & Roach

HomeServices acquires Prudential Fox & Roach | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

In a move that will boost its agent head count by more than 4,000 sales associates, HomeServices of America Inc. has acquired Philadelphia-based Prudential Fox & Roach Realtors and the brokerage’s mortgage and title insurance subsidiaries, for an undisclosed sum. 

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Chicago foreclosure filings fall 36.1% from last year

Chicago foreclosure filings fall 36.1% from last year | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Chicago’s housing market is steadily improving, with foreclosure filings dropping to the lowest levels since the start of the housing crisis. However, the recent improvement should not mask that the city still has a long way to go towards recovery.
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Slow and steady wins the race!

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CEOs, beware the YouTube apology

CEOs, beware the YouTube apology | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

But a new study from researchers at theUniversity of California, Berkeley and London Business School finds that it’s all too easy for a video apology to actually make things worse. In a paper being presented at the Academy of Management conference in Orlando Monday, the researchers studied how company stock prices responded to 29 video apologies made by CEOs or other corporate executives over the past five years.

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Realogy : Coldwell Banker Real Estate Survey Finds Americans Disagree Over How Long is Too Long to Live at Home with Parents

Realogy : Coldwell Banker Real Estate Survey Finds Americans Disagree Over How Long is Too Long to Live at Home with Parents | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

According to a new survey of more than 2,000 Americans conducted by Coldwell Banker Real Estate and leading psychotherapist Dr. Robi Ludwig, Americans don’t see eye to eye about the appropriate amount of time for adults to live with parents after college. The survey found that Americans ages 55 and older think it is acceptable for adults to live at home with their parents for as long as three years, while those ages 18 to 34 feel it is acceptable for adults to live at home with their parents for as long as five years. 

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New Rules For Short Sales?

New Rules For Short Sales? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Negotiation of a short sale deficiency agreement or any other type of mortgage collection forbearance with a sellers's mortgage lender is not within the scope of a real estate license.
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Realtor.com® National Housing Trend Report Shows Dramatic National Year-Over-Year Inventory Declines are Easing

Realtor.com® National Housing Trend Report Shows Dramatic National Year-Over-Year Inventory Declines are Easing | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

market data shows the nation experienced a 5.24 percent decline in housing inventory, which is the second month in a row with year-over-year inventory declines in the single digits. National median list prices increased 5.27 percent year-over-year while median age of inventory is down 16.67 percent. 

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The Next Big Thing: Changes Coming to Chicagoland

The Next Big Thing: Changes Coming to Chicagoland | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

There are few cities that have experienced the roller coaster ride that Chicago has in the last 100 years. At the turn of the 20th century, its growth was rapid. The population exploded, more than doubling from 1.69 million in 1900 to 3.62 million in 1950. Industry thrived, with many of the nation’s defining businesses, from Sears, to Schwinn Bicycle Company, to Montgomery Ward, to the Union Stock Yards, all basing their operations in Chicago.

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Foreclosures and Delinquencies Rising in the Northeast

Foreclosures and Delinquencies Rising in the Northeast | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

“For most of the country, delinquencies and foreclosures have returned to more normal historical levels. Most states are at or only slightly above longer-term averages and some of the worst-hit states are showing improvement

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Maryland hit with a second foreclosure wave

Maryland hit with a second foreclosure wave | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Maryland is facing a second foreclosure wave as the default pipeline loosens, sending a stream of distressed properties into the system.
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ELON MUSK REVEALS THE HYPERLOOP

ELON MUSK REVEALS THE HYPERLOOP | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

He says vacuum sealed tubes running on magnetics wouldn't work because it's too hard to vacuum seal a 700-mile tube. One leak, and you're toast. Pneumatic tubes wouldn't work, either, because "the friction of a 350 mile long column of air moving at anywhere near sonic velocity against the inside of the tube is so stupendously high that this is impossible for all practical purposes. "

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