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Housing-Inventory Crunch Could Be Easing

Housing-Inventory Crunch Could Be Easing | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Housing inventory has jumped by 25% so far this year, outpacing normal seasonal increases, according to figures released Thursday by Realtor.com.
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Senate’s Pending Bill on Immigration Reform Could Spur $500 Billion Added Dollars into Residential Real Estate in Next Five Years

Senate’s Pending Bill on Immigration Reform Could Spur $500 Billion Added Dollars into Residential Real Estate in Next Five Years | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

As the politicians of the country grapple with pending immigration reform  (and the Senate debates the topic this week), there are other implications far beyond green cards and a path to citizenship.  There exists a potential to create three million new homeowners over the next five years

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Three Things I’ve Learned From Warren Buffett

Three Things I’ve Learned From Warren Buffett | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
I’m looking forward to sharing posts from time to time about things I’ve learned in my career at Microsoft and the Gates Foundation. (I also post frequently on my blog.)Last month, I went
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CoreLogic: Homes underwater increase in Chicago area

CoreLogic: Homes underwater increase in Chicago area | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Rising home prices have enabled more homeowners to regain equity in their homes, but the good news doesn't extend to the Chicago area.
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Cities where home prices have fallen the most in the last year

Cities where home prices have fallen the most in the last year | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Not all metropolitan areas in America have seen a housing rebound -- yet. These cities with populations of 250,000 or more experienced drops in home prices for the year ending March 31, 2013. But as you’ll see, signs of recovery are showing in some of these lagging markets. Prices come from Clear Capital, a provider of real estate data and analytics.

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Are These The 3 Most Awesome Jobs?

Are These The 3 Most Awesome Jobs? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Want to learn how to tag a whale Or dive into the highest lakes Or go to the deepest place in the world Come along
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Milwaukee aldermen push for quick action on foreclosure crisis

Milwaukee aldermen push for quick action on foreclosure crisis | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Frustrated Milwaukee aldermen said Monday that something needs to be done sooner rather than later to deal with the burgeoning number of city-owned tax-foreclosed properties. A report released Monday showed there were 950 city-owned tax-foreclosed properties in the city. These are properties for which the city took over ownership after the owners failed to pay taxes.

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Selling your home? Know the perils of off-MLS listings

Selling your home? Know the perils of off-MLS listings | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Real estate agents marketing a property for which they have obtained a listing will generally place that listing on the multiple listing service. At times, however, listings are not placed into the MLS. These listings are commonly referred to as off-MLS or "pocket listings."

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Beware of Patent Troll

Beware of Patent Troll | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

If your brokerage has been contacted by a company to pay a license for the right to scan a document to e-mail, you’re not alone. Real estate offices around the country have received letters from companies called AllLed, AdzPro, GanPan, and HeaPle, among others, claiming to have the exclusive right to send documents via e-mail from a multifunction copier machine, and demanding that you pay a licensing fee of $900 to $1,200 per employee before you can send a document.

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@properties Welcomes North Shore Real Estate Broker Paige Canepari

@properties Welcomes North Shore Real Estate Broker Paige Canepari | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Chicago real estate company @properties announced that Paige Manley Canepari has recently joined the firm as a broker in its Winnetka office.
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CoreLogic Reports 850,000 More Residential Properties Return to Positive Equity in First Quarter of 2013

CoreLogic Reports 850,000 More Residential Properties Return to Positive Equity in First Quarter of 2013 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
CoreLogic released new analysis showing approximately 850,000 more residential properties returned to a state of positive equity during the first quarter of 2013, and the total number of mortgaged residential properties with equity currently stands...
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Group protests removal of reference to exclusive representation in NAR publications

Group protests removal of reference to exclusive representation in NAR publications | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

A group of real estate agents and brokers devoted to only representing homebuyers has sent a letter to the National Association of Realtors asking the trade organization to reinstate exclusive buyer and exclusive seller representation as agency relationship options that are described in its publications

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Another example of NAR knows best?

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Real Estate Investors Plan to Reduce Purchases and Hold Rentals for Five-Plus Years

Real Estate Investors Plan to Reduce Purchases and Hold Rentals for Five-Plus Years | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Real estate investors are responding to higher prices by buying fewer properties in the next 12 months and holding their rental properties at least five years or longer, according to a national survey of real estate investors conducted by ORC...
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Cash is King – In the Housing Market

Cash is King – In the Housing Market | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

For decades it seemed that 12 to 14 percent of all housing sales were cash transactions involving no loans what-so-ever.  Then along came the housing crash in 2007, and by 2010 investors (those buying a home to rent rather than own) became a significant part of the purchase market.  They were buying homes in many circumstances for almost one-half the cost to build the structure, and the economics of deal was very positive cash flow.

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CAR stakes out its position on refusal to license forms

CAR stakes out its position on refusal to license forms | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The California Association of Realtors has published a six-point memo detailing its reasons for refusing to license its copyrighted forms to competitors of zipLogix, a joint venture of CAR subsidiary Real Estate Business Solutions Inc. (REBS) and the National Association of Realtors.

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Thousands Join Last Minute Rush to Register for MREDpalooza

Thousands Join Last Minute Rush to Register for MREDpalooza | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

With just a week to go, the rush is on to register forMREDpalooza, the real estate tech and training expo event of the year, taking place on June 18th. Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED), Chicagoland's multiple listing service (MLS) and the force behind MREDpalooza, sees the event gaining tremendous momentum as the event draws near.

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How To Use Waze, The App Google Just Bought For $1.1 Billion

How To Use Waze, The App Google Just Bought For $1.1 Billion | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Waze is an interactive navigation app for iOS and Android with more than 40 million registered users. It was founded in 2007 by Ehud Shabtai, Amir Shinar and Uri Levine. Noam Bardin is the company's CEO. It previously raised $67 million from investors.

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Your Company Needs An Enemy, And Here's The Data To Prove It

Your Company Needs An Enemy, And Here's The Data To Prove It | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Your antagonist doesn't necessarily need to be another business. Positioning yourself against an idea could in fact be the most durable approach.
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Tablet Ownership Nearly Doubled In the Past Year

Tablet Ownership Nearly Doubled In the Past Year | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A third (34%) of American adults ages 18 and older own a tablet computer. A year ago, we were at 18%. That's a success story right there.
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According to research, a third (34%) of American adults ages 18 and older own a tablet computer. A year ago in 2012, it was at 18%. That’s a success story right there. The numbers come from the latest Pew Internet and American Life Project post and they’re even more impressive when you look at them graphically. And the numbers will be likely to climb and continue on an upward swing the next few years. The tablet product is such a sought after product that according to Pew, tablet ownership is pretty equal between men and women and folks of different races. The tablets are actually easier to monetize because of the wider screen and the way we use them. Smartphones are what we turn to when we’re on the go. It’s a quick fix but that means that in most cases, the user doesn’t have time to waste. The tablet is just the opposite – it’s all about laid back browsing on the couch, in front of the TV. Tablet users have time to watch that video ad or interact with a piece of content. Tablets are going to save our mobile monetization hides. Hence i wonder if there is another better or more effecient product than the tablet? And are tablets more sought after than smartphones?

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Are ‘pocket listings’ in a home seller’s best interest?

Are ‘pocket listings’ in a home seller’s best interest? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
What San Diego home sellers wouldn’t want their house promoted to the universe of buyers? Putting a house “out there” is the best way to get the market exposure, take advantage of the competition and achieve the highest selling price.
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Naperville housing market heats up

Naperville housing market heats up | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Naperville ranked first in the number of new homes under construction and also in new home closings in the Chicago area during the past four quarters, according to a market research and consulting firm.
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Fannie Mae shareholders challenge takeover in lawsuit

Fannie Mae shareholders challenge takeover in lawsuit | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Shareholders for D.C.-based Fannie Mae and McLean-based Freddie Mac have sued the U.S., alleging that the 2008 takeover of the mortgage companies by the Federal Housing Finance Agency was illegal and cost investors billions of dollars

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MREDpalooza registrations approaching 5,000

MREDpalooza registrations approaching 5,000 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
This is going to be HUGE! 5,000 is a big ass number. Most tech conferences don't get this many agents, and certainly no state association trade shows that I know of. Hell, most real estate franchis...
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Commercial Real Estate Prices Shake Off Effects Of First Quarter Seasonal Slowdown With Strong Showing In April

Commercial Real Estate Prices Shake Off Effects Of First Quarter Seasonal Slowdown With Strong Showing In April | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

This month's CoStar Commercial Repeat Sale Indices (CCRSI) provide the market's first look at April 2013 commercial real estate pricing. Based on 1,045 repeat sales in April 2013 and more than 125,000 repeat sales since 1996, the CCRSI offers the broadest measure of commercial real estate repeat sales activity.

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Report: Google Is Close To Buying Mapping Startup Waze For $1.3 Billion

Report: Google Is Close To Buying Mapping Startup Waze For $1.3 Billion | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Google is close to finalizing a deal to acquire mapping company Waze for $1.3 billion, according to a report by Israeli publication Globes. We first got word of the news on TNW.

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