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Freddie Mac - Fixed Mortgage Rates Start the Year Higher

Freddie Mac - Fixed Mortgage Rates Start the Year Higher | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Freddie Mac(OTCQB: FMCC) today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates continuing to edge higher as we enter the new year.

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dataSTICKIES: flash drives combined with sticky notes

dataSTICKIES: flash drives combined with sticky notes | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
What happens when you combine a flash drive with a sticky note and the strongest, thinnest, newest metal on the planet? You get dataSTICKIES!
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After Facebook, This Social Media Network Has the Most Engaged Users. Which is it?

After Facebook, This Social Media Network Has the Most Engaged Users. Which is it? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Earlier this week, I cracked open a new Pew Internet and American Life Project survey andfound that 63% of Facebook users check in at least once a day. But which network comes in a close second for regular daily check-ins? Is it Pinterest, Twitter, Linked-In or Instagram.

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What's the point of Bitcoin again?

What's the point of Bitcoin again? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
It may be technically fascinating, but — nine months into writing about the hyper-volatile crypto-currency — I’ve completely lost track of why we need or want Bitcoin.
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Western Australian sharks send tweets to swimmers

Western Australian sharks send tweets to swimmers | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

n order to help protect swimmers and surfers, the state government relies largely on helicopter-based spotters, plus members of the public who report their own sightings. Now, however, the Department of Fisheries has introduced a new system, in which the toothy fishes announce their own presence via Twitter.

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Startling Tech Facts

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Did you know that Harlem Shake got viral views of 1.2 billion users on YouTube in just 40 days? On the other hand a surprising 1,400,000 Tweets were sent in just one hour about Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement.
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KCM’s Housing Predictions for 2014

KCM’s Housing Predictions for 2014 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Making predictions in what is still a somewhat volatile housing market can be tricky. That being said, we are going to give you what we believe will be the five biggest headlines for housing in 20

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Why Google Glass is doomed.

Why Google Glass is doomed. | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
First, I love headlines that stretch the truth a bit. No one outside of Google got their Glass before March of last year. I got mine on the second day they were available, which was ...
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German Company Makes Glow-in-the-Dark Concrete

German Company Makes Glow-in-the-Dark Concrete | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Yes, it's true: glow-in-the-dark concrete now exists, thanks to German-based manufacturer Kann and its NightTec Leuchtsteine pavers.
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7 Huge Tech Trends to Expect in 2014

7 Huge Tech Trends to Expect in 2014 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Major innovations were few and far between in 2013. But 2014 promises a whole new world in tech. Here are 7 predictions.
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Chicago Home prices show biggest annual rise since 1988

Chicago Home prices show biggest annual rise since 1988 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Chicago-area single-family home prices posted their best annual return in October in nearly 15 years, according to today's new S&P/Case-Shiller data.
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Contradictory housing data makes 2014 a bit of a maze for forecasters

Contradictory housing data makes 2014 a bit of a maze for forecasters | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
What can we make of the seeming incongruity of indicators in the housing market as 2013 comes to a close? Mortgage applications recently hit a 13-year low.
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Illinois extends legal protections for homeowners seeking loan mods

Illinois extends legal protections for homeowners seeking loan mods | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Illinois state legislature has extended legislation that provides foreclosure protections for homeowners seeking loan modifications by extending a local law that allows judges to set aside foreclosure sales when a homeowner is already pursuing...
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Victor J. Cacciatore, expanded family’s Chicago real estate empire, dead at 83

Victor J. Cacciatore, expanded family’s Chicago real estate empire, dead at 83 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Victor J. Cacciatore Sr. made the family name larger than life.

Just take a drive past the iconic Jos. Cacciatore & Co. Real Estate sign that greets drivers just before the Chicago Stock Exchange on Congress, marking one of Chicago’s oldest and most successful real estate companies.

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Is eBay Planning to Launch Its Own Virtual Currency?

Is eBay Planning to Launch Its Own Virtual Currency? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

"The recipient can use the token to purchase a product using a checkout though the payment provider," the filing reads. "The purchase can be made without requiring the user to create the user's own payment provider account." 

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Top Agent Network scoops up domain name PocketListings.net and CEO Alexander Clark

Top Agent Network scoops up domain name PocketListings.net and CEO Alexander Clark | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Top Agent Network (TAN), a social network designed to help top-producing agents share information on pre-MLS or non-MLS listings, announced that has acquired the domain name of PocketListings.net. 

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Delegated Strings | ICANN New gTLDs

Delegated Strings | ICANN New gTLDs | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

On 23 October 2013, first new gTLDs from ICANN's New gTLD Program were delegated. This means they were into the Internet's Root Zone, the authoritative database for the Internet. Below are the gTLDs or strings that have successfully completed the Program. The list will continue to be updated as the measured rollout of the new gTLDs progresses over the coming years.

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Watt's vision of Fannie and Freddie's role good for housing

Watt's vision of Fannie and Freddie's role good for housing | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Mel Watt, the incoming head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, likely shares the Center for American Progress's vision of restoring Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's “focus on working and middle income families” and jettisoning Edward DeMarco’s...
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Gwyn Besner's curator insight, January 4, 2014 7:42 AM

Hopefully, Mr. Watt can achieve his mission.

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Mortgage tax break expires despite bipartisan support in Congress

Mortgage tax break expires despite bipartisan support in Congress | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON — A 6-year-old tax break for struggling homeowners who won reductions in their mortgages has expired, alarming housing advocates and lawmakers who said it still was needed despite the real estate market rebound.
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Reporter Faints On-Air, Wakes, Continues With News Segment

Reporter Faints On-Air, Wakes, Continues With News Segment | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
We've got a nomination for MVP on-air reporter of 2013.
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Dedication

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Case-Shiller Expected to Show Continued Inflated Appreciation

Case-Shiller Expected to Show Continued Inflated Appreciation | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The Case-Shiller data for October came out this morning, and based on this information and the November 2013 Zillow Home Value Index (ZHVI, released December 19th) we predict that next month’s Case-Shiller data (November 2013) will show that both the non-seasonally adjusted (NSA) 20-City Composite Home Price Index and the NSA 10-City Composite Home Price Index increased 13.7 percent on a year-over-year basis. 

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What’s on the horizon for housing in 2014

What’s on the horizon for housing in 2014 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

 Illinois REALTOR® asked three housing market experts to weigh in on the trends and economic factors that could shape the market in the new year. Read what Dr. Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, Dr. John Tuccillo and Steve Harney have to say about 2014 home sales, prices and homebuyer demand 

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Dubai New Years Eve 2014 Fireworks

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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73% Of U.S. Adults Use Social Networks, Pinterest Passes Twitter In Popularity, Facebook Stays On Top

73% Of U.S. Adults Use Social Networks, Pinterest Passes Twitter In Popularity, Facebook Stays On Top | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Facebook may be currently facing question marks over how well it's faring with younger users, but among those over 18 in the U.S. it remains the social..
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S&P/Case-Shiller: Home prices still increasing despite slight cooling off

S&P/Case-Shiller: Home prices still increasing despite slight cooling off | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Hitting a record gain since February 2006 and marking the seventeenth consecutive month that both composites increased on an annual basis, the 10-city and 20-city composites posted year-over-year gains of 13.6%.
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