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Most claims in Zillow home valuation patent deemed invalid

Most claims in Zillow home valuation patent deemed invalid | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A patent review board has ruled that more than two dozen claims made in a Zillow patent for an automatic valuation of a property are "unpatentable" and anticipated or obvious in view of "prior art" — information or practices already in public circulation when the patent was filed.
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Fastest-Growing U.S. Counties

Fastest-Growing U.S. Counties | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The jobs coming from the shale boom were in evidence as the Commerce Department released the fastest-growing counties by population on Thursday. MarketWatch's Steve Goldstein reports. Also, Wall Street Journal staffer Neil Shah combs through the new data (paywall), which offer a snapshot of the challenges America's rural counties face as they struggle with aging populations and a stream of younger residents heading elsewhere for work. A lumpy geographical recovery: fun for only a few.
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The Critics Absolutely Love Everything About Office For The iPad Except The Price

The Critics Absolutely Love Everything About Office For The iPad Except The Price | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

When Microsoft announced that its Office apps are now available for the iPad on Thursday, the company emphasized that this isn't just a port of the Windows or iPhone version.

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This Edible Blob Is A Water Bottle Without The Plastic

This Edible Blob Is A Water Bottle Without The Plastic | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Inspired by techniques from molecular gastronomy, the Ooho is a magical way to have your bottled water and eat it, too. Just maybe bring a towel.
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Billion-dollar club: Rent companies form massive trade group

Billion-dollar club: Rent companies form massive trade group | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The National Rental Home Council is a new trade group created by major owner-operators in the single-family rental home industry, focusing on increasing education about the professionally managed single-family rental industry.
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3 Reasons the Housing Market Should Thrive in 2014

3 Reasons the Housing Market Should Thrive in 2014 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Recently, HousingWire asked David Berson, chief economist at Nationwide, for his opinion on the near-term future of housing. Below are what Mr. Berson believes to be the three things you need to know about housing in 2014. 

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What is the real condition of your local housing market?

What is the real condition of your local housing market? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In accordance with the market shifting into a purchase focused market, Freddie Mac decided to launch its new Multi-Indicator Market Index to better track the stability of the housing market and more easily compare it to historical data.
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Legal settlement creates new player in property tax records business: RealtyTrac

Legal settlement creates new player in property tax records business: RealtyTrac | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A legal settlement that cleared the way for CoreLogic's acquisition of DataQuick Information Systems Inc. also puts foreclosure data aggregator RealtyTrac in the tax, deed and mortgage data licensing business -- making it the first new entrant in the field since Fidelity National Financial Inc. purchased IDM Corp. in 2001.
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Buffett's 'Berkshire' name coming soon to

Buffett's 'Berkshire' name coming soon to | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Berkshire Hathaway name - widely recognized as belonging to billionaire investor Warren Buffett- will start appearing on real estate 'for sale' signs in the Chicago area next week.
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Veros confirmed as FHA mortgage-appraisal portal partner

Veros confirmed as FHA mortgage-appraisal portal partner | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Veros will now serve as the a uniform appraisal portal provider for Fannie, Freddie, VA, USDA and FHA loans.
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Quinn proposes $500 property tax rebate during budget address

Quinn proposes $500 property tax rebate during budget address | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

According to his address, Quinn seeks to provide every homeowner in the state with the $500 refund annually. He said the state’s fiscal status has improved enough that the tax break would be possible.

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Buy a house - get $500.

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Treasury Dept. to help demolish Illinois' vacant, blighted homes

Treasury Dept. to help demolish Illinois' vacant, blighted homes | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Treasury Department will allow Illinois to use up to $30 million of federal hardest-hit funds to demolish vacant, blighted properties in communities most affected by the foreclosure crisis.
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Zillow: Real estate agents still deserve 6%

Zillow: Real estate agents still deserve 6% | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Agents take 6% because they provide a lot of value in the transaction, much like investment bankers provide a lot of value with IPO's, Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff said.
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Shouldn't it say "earn" instead of "take"?

 

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Use of Pocket Listings Rising, but They're Right Choice for Only a Small Number of Home Sellers, According to RE/MAX Brokers

Use of Pocket Listings Rising, but They're Right Choice for Only a Small Number of Home Sellers, According to RE/MAX Brokers | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The broker/owners of RE/MAX offices in Chicago, Buffalo Grove, Rockford and Belvidere, Ill., report an upswing in requests from clients for pocket listings, with more such requests in 2013 than in the prior two years. 

 

Their experience confirms a trend noted last year in a Chicago Tribune story reporting that 4.7 percent of all the homes sold in Chicago in March of 2013 were pocket listings, up from 2.6 percent in the same month one year earlier.

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Lawsuits Challenge Independent Contractor Status

Lawsuits Challenge Independent Contractor Status | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Real estate sales associates operating as independent contractors would seem to be a settled area of law, but three lawsuits were filed last year in which...
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Twitter Lets You Add 4 Photos to Tweets, Tag Anyone in Them

Twitter Lets You Add 4 Photos to Tweets, Tag Anyone in Them | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
You can now add four photos to a single tweet and for the first time, you can tag up to 10 friends in a Twitter photo.
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RE/MAX of Naperville and Its Broker Associates Saluted for 2013 Achievements

RE/MAX of Naperville and Its Broker Associates Saluted for 2013 Achievements | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
CHICAGO, March 26, 2014 - RE/MAX of Naperville , 1200 Iroquois Commons, Naperville, Ill., and its broker associates recently received special recognition from the RE/MAX Northern Illinois region for their achievements in 2013.
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Cloud Pricing Is Racing To Zero, As Amazon Just Underscored

Cloud Pricing Is Racing To Zero, As Amazon Just Underscored | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Amazon has cut the price of its online storage and compute services again, the 42nd time that the company has slashed prices on Amazon Web Services.

 

The price cut, announced at the AWS Summit in San Francisco, comes as little surprise. Just the day before, Google slashed its prices for Google Cloud Platform. The Amazon price cuts to AWS include:

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RealtyTrac escalates housing data arms race

RealtyTrac escalates housing data arms race | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A recent settlement agreement coming out of the Federal Trade Commission and one data firm’s launch of a new division to focus on tax, deed and mortgage data licensing, signal that a housing market data arms race is heating up.
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Following in the Rich Tradition of Appraisal Fraud, Servicers Using Zillow® for Home Values

Following in the Rich Tradition of Appraisal Fraud, Servicers Using Zillow® for Home Values | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

More and more servicers are reportedly telling homeowners that they’re using Zillow to determine home values when making decisions on whether to approve or deny loan modifications… actually let me rephrase that… to deny loan modifications.

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25 Architecturally Stunning Homes You Can Buy Right Now

25 Architecturally Stunning Homes You Can Buy Right Now | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The experts at the real estate listing site Estately helped us find the 25 most architecturally stunning homes on the market right now.

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The Healthiest (And Least Healthy) Places In The U.S.

The Healthiest (And Least Healthy) Places In The U.S. | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Where you live can determine how long you live. The latest County Health Rankings reveal which places have the best and worst outcomes--like premature...
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Bill to force fire sprinklers to full legislature gets committee sanction

Bill to force fire sprinklers to full legislature gets committee sanction | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The bill, which was backed by the Illinois Association of REALTORS®, would make the state Fire Marshal’s Office go through the full General Assembly if the state agency wanted to make substantive changes to building codes mandating fire sprinklers.

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Could RE/MAX lose their long-held trademark on red, white, and blue?

Could RE/MAX lose their long-held trademark on red, white, and blue? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
RE/MAX has long defended their red-over-white-over-blue trademark, but a judge has agreed to hear an argument that could cancel the trademark altogether.
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