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Almost a third of new U.S. electricity came from solar last year

Almost a third of new U.S. electricity came from solar last year | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Solar power crashed its way onto the U.S. power grid last year and is now fundamentally changing the makeup of how energy is being produced and consumed. Essentially, it’s becoming a mainstream power source: According to a new report from the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research, solar power had another record year in 2013

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Broken bones could be healed with silk

Broken bones could be healed with silk | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Silk is an amazingly strong material, yet it also harmlessly biodegrades when left in the body. Because of that, it may soon find use in the production of b...
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Yahoo Acquires Vizify, A Social Data Visualization Startup

Yahoo Acquires Vizify, A Social Data Visualization Startup | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Vizify announced today it is joining the ranks of Yahoo—becoming the latest company to be picked up by Big Purple and included in its seemingly arbitrary suite of startups. It was not made clear how much Yahoo paid for the company, but we'll update the story as soon as we learn more about the terms of the deal.

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Sage Kotsenburg's totally dope refi mortgage video

Sage Kotsenburg's totally dope refi mortgage video | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Do you think 20-somethings know that “30-year mortgage rates have shredded to their chilliest levels of 40 years?” Conan O'Brien knows how to let them know.
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RESAAS to power global referral network for Re/Max

RESAAS to power global referral network for Re/Max | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The real estate social network RESAAS has signed an agreement to power a global referral network for Re/Max and its more than 90,000 agents. The RESAAS-powered platform will translate listings and communication between Re/Max agents in 28 languages, 44 currencies and multiple units of measurement across the 6,000 offices and more than 90 countries where the world's largest franchisor operates.
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Uber: Jacking up taxi fares for the common good

Uber: Jacking up taxi fares for the common good | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Paying two, three or even ten times as much as usual for a taxi ride across town sounds like a pretty crappy deal, right? Uber is a mobile app that’s aiming...
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Comcast Business to award more than $600,000 in cash and services to tech savvy entrepreneurs through Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs program

Comcast Business to award more than $600,000 in cash and services to tech savvy entrepreneurs through Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs program | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Comcast Business and Inc. Magazine today launched "Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs," a national competition that will award more than $600,000 in cash and services to aspiring entrepreneurs who are leveraging technology to enhance customer and employee experiences. Individual winners will have the opportunity to win $25,000 in cash, 

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Google pours $50m into real estate auctions

Google pours $50m into real estate auctions | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

According to an Auction.com press release, the tech giant subsidiary funds and invests in a number of corporate ventures -- Auction.com being the fourth. It follows minority-stake investments in Renaissance Learning, Lending Club and Survey Monkey.

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Literally, A Picture IS Worth More Than a Thousand Words

Literally, A Picture IS Worth More Than a Thousand Words | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Traditional wisdom gave marketers three seconds to capture the consumer’s eye in the shopping aisle… or maybe 13 seconds… but how ‘bout 13 Milliseconds?!  A recent MIT study showed that using a visual in a presentation, it actually takes 13 milliseconds for your customer’s brain to identify and find meaning in it.

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Comcast turning Chicago homes into public Wi-Fi hot spots

Comcast turning Chicago homes into public Wi-Fi hot spots | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The cable and Internet provider has begun to turn hundreds of thousands of Chicago-area homes into virtual coffee shops, using existing Comcast equipment to build out its publicly accessible wireless network.

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California advocates want to put the brakes on REO-to-rental

California advocates want to put the brakes on REO-to-rental | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Some 78 organizations are calling on federal regulators to address first-time homebuyers being outbid and neighborhoods undergoing dramatic changes arising from REO-to-rental purchases.
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4 more MLSs add ShowingTime online scheduling

4 more MLSs add ShowingTime online scheduling | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Four multiple listing services representing 17,000 members combined have integrated an online scheduling system from real estate showing management company ShowingTime, allowing members to schedule and manage showings at any time of day directly through the MLS from a desktop, smartphone or tablet.
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Naperville woman a third-generation Realtor who perseveres

Naperville woman a third-generation Realtor who perseveres | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Jen Conte, broker/owner of Re/Max Professionals Select in Naperville, is the third generation in her family to be a Realtor. So she takes her business to heart, aiming to carry on a tradition established by her grandfather. But she topped that recently by winning "top office" in the state under the category, Most Closed Residential Sales for RE/MAX Northern Illinois in 2013.
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Solar-panel skin could make Dutch homes energy neutral

Solar-panel skin could make Dutch homes energy neutral | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A team of Delft University students has developed a concept for a solar-powered skin to be fitted to the typical Dutch home, better aligning its energy usag...
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360Fly captures interactive panoramic video

360Fly captures interactive panoramic video | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Though moving around panoramic photos can feel fairly natural, the ability to do so in a video still feels a little unusual. Nonetheless, panoramic video is...
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Which housing regions sailed and which failed so far in 2014?

Which housing regions sailed and which failed so far in 2014? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Economic growth is modest and moderate but steady, according to the latest and somewhat sunny-side Beige Book — but housing markets across the 12 districts varied from poor to hopeful.
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Craigslist helping brokers keep deals in-house

Craigslist helping brokers keep deals in-house | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
While some might consider Craigslist a bit of an old fogey, agents who shun it are passing up a marketing opportunity that remains a fertile (and typically free) source of high-quality leads, according to Amy Gerrish, leader of The Phoenix Metro Group, an agent team parter of Phoenix-based HomeSmart.
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NAR Claims Domain Names

NAR Claims Domain Names | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

John and Tara Schermerhorn of National Network LLC (collectively, “Registrants”) registered 16 domain names that contained the term “REALTOR”.  Most of the names contained a variation of the name <realtoreview.com> as well as including other domain names like <realtorranking.net> and <realtorreportcard.net>.  

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"Stained glass" photovoltaics fuse form and function

"Stained glass" photovoltaics fuse form and function | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Solar cells that can also be colored and transparent windows is the hope of research from the University of Michigan. Using a hybrid silicon/organic composi...
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Banks have surprising new competitors

Banks have surprising new competitors | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Banks could see as much as 35 percent of their revenue up for grabs over the next decade. Which companies are taking advantage?
Russ Bergeron's insight:

Get your next loan at Starbucks.

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7 Crucial Facts about FHA Loans

7 Crucial Facts about FHA Loans | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Simply stated, an FHA loan is a mortgage insured by the Federal Housing Administration, a government agency within the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Borrowers with FHA loans pay
for mortgage insurance, which protects the lender from a loss if the borrower defaults on the loan.

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When a Member-Focused Marketing Campaign Meets a Skeptical Public

When a Member-Focused Marketing Campaign Meets a Skeptical Public | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Sure, your marketing campaign may be in your members' best interests—but is it in the public's best interests? And when it isn't, can the public tell?
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CoreLogic: Home price appreciation strongest since 2006

CoreLogic: Home price appreciation strongest since 2006 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Home prices grew 12% in January, according to CoreLogic, in a report that goes against the consensus.
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Zillow was just an answer on Jeopardy! Can you answer these 5 other geeky questions?

Zillow was just an answer on Jeopardy! Can you answer these 5 other geeky questions? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Well, it looks like Zillow has finally made it. The Seattle online real estate company was the subject of a Jeopardy! answer Monday night. 

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RealtyTrac listings reveal nearby sex offenders, drug labs and toxic dumps

RealtyTrac listings reveal nearby sex offenders, drug labs and toxic dumps | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In a bid to bring transparency in online real estate search to new heights, RealtyTrac has baked a batch of data on unpalatable neighborhood characteristics into its property detail pages.
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“RealtyTrac evens the playing field between heart and mind by helping consumers see behind the air-brushed perfection of typical real estate information,” said RealtyTrac CEO Jamie Moyle in a statement.