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RealtyTrac: 20% of foreclosures remain vacant after owner departs

RealtyTrac: 20% of foreclosures remain vacant after owner departs | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Twenty percent of foreclosures nationwide sit empty after an owner vacated the premises, representing 167,000 distressed properties across the country, RealtyTrac announced Thursday.
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Former Zappos CFO joins Redfin

Former Zappos CFO joins Redfin | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

"Chris Nielsen's experience at Zappos and Amazon, where he ran whole businesses as well as tallied their financial results, is a perfect fit for Redfin. He's a believer and a doer, ridiculously smart but soulful too. We're over the moon to have him on board."

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New Wi-Fi tech doubles connection speeds

New Wi-Fi tech doubles connection speeds | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The latest Wi-Fi technology, called "802.11ac," offers speeds of up to 1.3 Gigabits per second. That's fast enough to transfer an entire high-definition movie to a tablet in under 4 minutes, share photo albums with friends in a matter of seconds or stream three HD videos at the same time. It's more than double the top speed of the previous standard, known as 802.11n.

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And, action! Facebook brings video to Instagram

And, action! Facebook brings video to Instagram | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The social network plans to capture the next wave of sharing with a new video feature for posting bite-sized movies. Read this article by Jennifer Van Grove on CNET News.
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Porrapa Sombatpium's curator insight, June 20, 2013 11:33 PM

Let's see how populat it is!! But I don't think it's gonna work that much for long term. 

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Did You Move? Yahoo’s LocalWorks will Correct Your Address All Over the Web

Did You Move? Yahoo’s LocalWorks will Correct Your Address All Over the Web | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
According to a 2012 study by Yext, $10.3 billion in annual offline sales are potentially lost from missing or incorrect information online.
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Malibu Association of REALTORS's comment, June 21, 2013 6:04 PM
great to share with clients on the move!
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Ben Bernanke Came Out Guns Blazing

Ben Bernanke Came Out Guns Blazing | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

After all, volatility in the Treasury market, caused by uncertainties surrounding how soon the Fed will begin to taper the pace of its bond-buying program, has had earthshaking reverberations around the world. 

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May Home Value Appreciation Strong, But Rising Inventory & Mortgage Rates Should Slow Gains

May Home Value Appreciation Strong, But Rising Inventory & Mortgage Rates Should Slow Gains | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Zillow’s May Real Estate Market Reports, released today, show that national home values rose 0.5% from April to May to $159,000 (Figure 1). On a year-over-year basis, home values were up 5.4% (Figure 2) from May 2012. The last time national home values were at this level was in July 2004. Rents were up 2.6% on a year-over-year basis (Figure 3).

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Wisconsin home sales rise 18 percent in May

Wisconsin home sales rise 18 percent in May | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Wisconsin Realtors Association said May sales were up about 18 percent compared to the same month last year. It’s the 23rd consecutive month of growth.
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May home sales up 24.4 percent from a year ago; Statewide median price at $155,000

May home sales up 24.4 percent from a year ago; Statewide median price at $155,000 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in May 2013 totaled 15,091 homes sold, up from 12,130 in May 2012. This marks 23 consecutive months of year-over-year sales increases and the strongest May since 2006 when 17,622 homes were sold statewide.

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So, Your gTLD was Approved - What Now?

So, Your gTLD was Approved - What Now? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The world is just waking up to the fact that ICANN has been accepting applications for new generic top-level domains, or gTLDs, since 2012 and that hundreds of these gTLDs have already been approved through Initial Evaluation, with more being...
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Explore America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places

Explore America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has announced its 2013 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.
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8 Crazy, Beautiful Pictures That Show Why The Apple Store Rules Tech Retail

8 Crazy, Beautiful Pictures That Show Why The Apple Store Rules Tech Retail | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

While electronics stores like Best Buy struggle, Apple Stores are on a roll, with new locations popping up all the time. Most recently, Apple opened a gorgeous new store in Berlin to massive crowds.

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Trulia eyes revenue from rental business

Trulia eyes revenue from rental business | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Online real estate company Trulia Inc is considering ways to generate revenue from its fast-growing rental business, possibly by introducing listing fees, Chief
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Chicago tops in owner-vacated properties in foreclosure

Chicago tops in owner-vacated properties in foreclosure | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

In a report released Thursday, RealtyTrac -- which tracks foreclosures -- said Chicago documented 14,717 owner-vacated properties, the most of any metro area in the country. Miami was second with 13,901, followed by New York with 10,074

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LinkedIn Outage Due To Possible DNS Hijacking [Update: Fidelity.com Also Affected] |

LinkedIn Outage Due To Possible DNS Hijacking [Update: Fidelity.com Also Affected] | | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Shortly after the outage began, App.net co-founder Bryan Berg wrote on his blog that the site’s DNS may have been hijacked–in other words, its domain name was redirected to a different IP address. In this case, LinkedIn’s traffic was re-routed to a network hosted by http://www.confluence-networks.com, which has phone numbers listed for both India and the U.S (UPDATE: the phone numbers for India have been removed,

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A Return To 10 Percent Down Payments

A Return To 10 Percent Down Payments | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
After virtually disappearing for years, the 10 percent down payment is back. Around the U.S., some lenders are offering 90 percent financing again on all loan types.
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The Fed Won't Tighten Until Jobless Rate Dips Below 6.5%

The Fed Won't Tighten Until Jobless Rate Dips Below 6.5% | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, in a speech to the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress on May 22, 2013, hinted that the Fed would someday taper its monthly buying program of $85 billion in longer-term Treasury bonds and Mortgage Backed Securities.

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Bernanke Faith in Housing Seen in Mortgage Bonds: Credit Markets

Bernanke Faith in Housing Seen in Mortgage Bonds: Credit Markets | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Mortgage rates in the U.S., after increasing at the fastest pace in a decade, are poised to rise even further with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke saying the central bank is ready to slow its purchases of Treasuries and bonds backed by housing loans.

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1,556 Instagrams Make 1 Incredible Stop-Motion Video

1,556 Instagrams Make 1 Incredible Stop-Motion Video | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Rumors are floating around that Instagram intends to jump into the world of video-sharing, but the creative duo FriendsInFaux have made their own video from Instagram photos — 1,556 of them, to be exact. While the short film's plot follows a casual beach-goer's trials and tribulations, the animation is more than just a straight-forward compilation of Instagrams (which still would have been an impressive undertaking).

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Russ Bergeron's comment, June 20, 2013 8:14 PM
Who needs video on Instagram.
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Chicago-area home prices up 8.2% from year ago

Chicago-area home prices up 8.2% from year ago | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
More homes were sold in the Chicago area in May than in any month since August 2006, according to monthly sales figures released Thursday.
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NAR - Existing-Home Sales Rise in May with Strong Price Increases

NAR - Existing-Home Sales Rise in May with Strong Price Increases | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

 Existing-home sales improved in May and remain solidly above a year ago, while the median price continued to rise by double-digit rates from a year earlier, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

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MREDpalooza lives up to the hype.

MREDpalooza lives up to the hype. | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

I’ve been down on trade shows lately. Most of the time the organizations putting on an event don’t do a very good job. Poor attendance, or lack of traffic, etc. But Russ Bergeron and his crew at MRED showed us how its done.

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Ex-BofA employees say they delayed mortgage help, received bonus for foreclosures

Ex-BofA employees say they delayed mortgage help, received bonus for foreclosures | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Before he was fired, ex-Bank of America Corp. employee William Wilson Jr. of Charlotte says he was told to delay mortgage aid to struggling homeowners so BofA could eventually steer them into higher-profit in-house loans instead of more affordable federal programs.

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US budget deficit shrinks alongside GSE, FHA spending

US budget deficit shrinks alongside GSE, FHA spending | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The nation's budget deficit shrunk in the first eight months of 2013 as spending tied to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the FHA and the Troubled Asset Relief Program declined.
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9 Creative Ways to Leave a Tip [PICS]

9 Creative Ways to Leave a Tip [PICS] | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

If you want to avoid being a terrible person, always tip your waiter or waitress. You could also make a lasting impression by leaving a tip with a little flare. You have your whole meal to decide on a way to present the money you'll leave, and the possibilities are endless.

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