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2013 Mid-Year Outlook: Economic Growth On the Road to 'Normal'

2013 Mid-Year Outlook: Economic Growth On the Road to 'Normal' | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The U.S. may be well into a prolonged period of steady economic growth, but it hasn’t yet reached its full potential, according to Fannie Mae’s (FNMA/OTC) Economic & Strategic Research Group. Fiscal headwinds are expected to keep growth to below 2.0 percen

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Countdown to MREDpalooza

Countdown to MREDpalooza | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

With i’s dotted and t’s crossed, the staff ofMidwest Real Estate Data (MRED) is counting down the days leading up to the largest free real estate tech expo in the country.  MREDpalooza, taking place Tuesday, June 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, will be filled with attendees and real estate service companies eager to help each other succeed.

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Introducing Project Loon: Balloon-powered Internet access

Introducing Project Loon: Balloon-powered Internet access | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

There are many terrestrial challenges to Internet connectivity—jungles, archipelagos, mountains. There are also major cost challenges. Right now, for example, in most of the countries in the southern hemisphere, the cost of an Internet connection is more than a month’s income.

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Experience Everest With This Ethereal Timelapse [VIDEO]

Experience Everest With This Ethereal Timelapse [VIDEO] | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Mount Everest is one of the world's most legendary locations, yet so few get to experience its majesty in person. Thanks to one climber and videographer, however, the rest of us can get a pretty incredible look at the ethereal beauty of one of the world's tallest mountains.

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A Weird Side Effect of Some Very Good Housing News

A Weird Side Effect of Some Very Good Housing News | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Hot on the heels of this uplifting announcement comes the news that banks repossessed more homes in May than in the month previous -- 11% more, overall. In some areas of the country, the percentages were eye-popping: North Carolina saw repossessions rise by 60%, and Oregon's rate jumped 57% from April to May.

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Lucas And Spielberg Predict “Massive Implosion” Of Hollywood Caused By Tech Industry

Lucas And Spielberg Predict “Massive Implosion” Of Hollywood Caused By Tech Industry | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
George Lucas and Steven Spielberg aren't so bullish on the future of the film industry. At a talk at USC, the pair agreed that it's on track to have a "massive implosion".
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Facebook Begins Its Ad Consolidation By Eliminating ‘Sponsored Results’ In Search

Facebook Begins Its Ad Consolidation By Eliminating ‘Sponsored Results’ In Search | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Last week, Facebook announced that it will be streamlining the ad-buying process by eliminating more than half of its 27 ad units. Today it’s taking one step towards that goal by announcing that it will be eliminating the Sponsored Results unit starting in July.

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Spotify Seeks to Prove It’s Worthy of Pink Floyd

Spotify Seeks to Prove It’s Worthy of Pink Floyd | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

First, if you are younger you may be wondering who (or what) is Pink Floyd. Let’s just say that their album (yes, it was released in 1973 as an album, which is 40 years ago for those struggling with the math) “The Dark Side of the Moon” was maybe THE seminal moment in rock and roll history.

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DataQuick Outlines Five Best Practices to Fight Short Sale Fraud

DataQuick Outlines Five Best Practices to Fight Short Sale Fraud | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

As long as short sales remain a common strategy to handle distressed properties, related fraudulent activity should also be expected. To help lenders, servicers, and investors develop tactics to combat short sale fraud, DataQuick outlined five solutions as starting points in a recent white paper.

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Analysis: Fed Likely to Push Back on Market Expectations of Rate Increase

Analysis: Fed Likely to Push Back on Market Expectations of Rate Increase | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Fed officials have been trying to convince investors for weeks not to overreact when the central bank starts pulling back on its $85 billion-per-month bond-buying program. Investors aren’t listening.
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CDW expects to raise up to $738 million in IPO

CDW expects to raise up to $738 million in IPO | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Technology products retailer CDW Corp., which was taken private by Madison Dearborn Partners LLC and Providence Equity Partners for $7.3 billion in 2007, expects to raise up to $738 million in its initial public offering, according to a regulatory filing.

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Kristine Chen Frost Wins Top Producer Award and Named to Prudential Real Estate Network’s President’s Circle

Kristine Chen Frost Wins Top Producer Award and Named to Prudential Real Estate Network’s President’s Circle | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Kristine Chen Frost has been awarded the Top Producer Award from The Chicago Association of Realtors for being in the top 1% of realtors in Chicago and has been named to the prestigious President’s Circle by Prudential Real Estate.
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iTunes Opens Marketplace for App Sales by Developers

iTunes Opens Marketplace for App Sales by Developers | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Every business needs an app, but building one can be costly and time consuming, then you have to build up an audience from nothing. That’s a lot of work. But what if you could buy an app that was already a success? Lay on a little rebranding and you’re out of the box a year ahead of schedule.

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Ten Charts That Show We've All Got a Case of the Mondays

Ten Charts That Show We've All Got a Case of the Mondays | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

If you're in a workplace in America right now, chances are most of the people around you are pretty checked out. You might even be plodding through the day yourself, counting down the hours until you can fly out the door. Or you're doing your very best to make your unhappiness known to anyone within earshot.

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Menne named DeKalb Area Realtor of the Year

Menne named DeKalb Area Realtor of the Year | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Jayne Menne of Signature Real Estate was named Realtor of the Year by the DeKalb Area Association of Realtors and received special recognition at a state banquet in April.

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This Chart Shows the Digital Divide Is Still a Real Problem

This Chart Shows the Digital Divide Is Still a Real Problem | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Approximately 91% of Americans as a whole have "access to wired broadband speeds of at least 10mbps downstream," the report found. But this chart shows a very different reality if you lack a college degree, if you're poor, if you're rural or if you're hispanic or African American.

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Redfin ends commission discount for Oregon homebuyers, citing state law, busy market

Redfin ends commission discount for Oregon homebuyers, citing state law, busy market | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In other states, Redfin rebates part of their commission back to the buyer. In Oregon, however, state law prohibits rebating the commission to people not licensed as real estate brokers.
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CHART OF THE DAY: How Do People Really Use Their iPhones And iPads?

CHART OF THE DAY: How Do People Really Use Their iPhones And iPads? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

This probably won't come as a surprise, but gaming eats up the most time on people's iOS devices. Here's the breakdown using data from Flurry Analytics, as compiled by BI Intelligence.

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If Office Hits The iPad, Even Fewer People Would Buy A Surface

If Office Hits The iPad, Even Fewer People Would Buy A Surface | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Remember this ad? The ad where Microsoft attempts to position the iPad as a chopstick-playing toy and the Surface as a PowerPoint-editing machine?

Yeah, that's why we can't have nice things...
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A Narrow Focus Helps Real-Estate Agents

A Narrow Focus Helps Real-Estate Agents | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Agents who specialize in a small area can build a reputation, become more familiar with a neighborhood and better understand a buyer's needs.
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A hands-on look at Microsoft Office for the iPhone

A hands-on look at Microsoft Office for the iPhone | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

At long last, Microsoft has released a version of its Office suite for iOS. The new app targets the iPhone and closely resembles the Office app that’s built into Windows Phone 8. Here's what you'll find in the new app, which is available from the App Store immediately.

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CoreLogic chat shows short sale fraud evolving in unexpected ways

CoreLogic chat shows short sale fraud evolving in unexpected ways | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Mortgage fraud has steadily increased since the fourth quarter of 2010, with some homeowner efforts to stop a house going to short sale going too far in some cases, according to CoreLogic. 
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Housing heat dissipates as supply begins to meet demand

Housing heat dissipates as supply begins to meet demand | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Sparse housing supply coupled with strong buyer demand left many homebuyers frustrated as rates continued to inch up and buyers felt the heat to buy now.
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Friday Flash: Thoughts on the CAR forms issue

Friday Flash: Thoughts on the CAR forms issue | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The California Association of Realtors is in a public fight over the transaction forms it produces - or, more pointedly, the forms software it produces. Inman has covered this well. So read those s...
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Cook County population: Hispanics gaining on African-Americans

Cook County population: Hispanics gaining on African-Americans | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Cook County retains the nation's largest African-American population. But as of last year, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau population estimate, there were an estimated 1,285,944 Hispanics in Cook County and 1,299,143 blacks or African-Americans
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