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Home Buyers' Biggest Regrets About the Purchase

Home Buyers' Biggest Regrets About the Purchase | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Though buyer's remorse is never fun, there's usually something we'd change if we could go back and make a big purchasing decision again. In a new survey, Chase Bank found out what some of the most common things are that recent home buyers would change about their real estate purchase if given a second chance.

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Google Testing A Version of Chrome that hides the URL

Google Testing A Version of Chrome that hides the URL | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Venture Beat covered a story today that will peak the interest of domain investors. Do we still need the URL — that gangly collection of slashes and gobbledy
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Senate Patent Reform Bill Unlikely for 2014

Senate Patent Reform Bill Unlikely for 2014 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

This morning the Senate Judiciary Committee once again delayed release of the manager’s amendment of The Patent Transparency & Improvement Act. Perhaps the committee needed additional time to study the impact of this week’s Supreme Court cases on sanctions— or, more likely, this is just a continuation of the intense lobbying tug-of-war. 

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Tougher 'core standards' for Realtor associations could fuel mergers

Tougher 'core standards' for Realtor associations could fuel mergers | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The National Association of Realtors is considering tougher core standards that would "raise the bar" for Realtor associations to ensure that even the smallest is capable of enforcing the Realtor Code of Ethics, playing a political advocacy role, and operating a website promoting member programs, products and services. Pressure to comply will likely mean that there will be some 1,000 associations in 10 years, rather than 1,400, according to David Phillips, CEO of the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors.
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Malibu Association of REALTORS's curator insight, May 1, 2014 6:38 PM

Good to have high standards, proud that Malibu Association of REALTORS meets and exceeds the criteria.

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Fidelity CEO: Black Knight had strong first quarter

Fidelity CEO: Black Knight had strong first quarter | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Fidelity National reported first-quarter earnings of $0.30 per share, beating estimates by $0.12, and total revenue was $2.1 billion versus $2.0 billion in the first quarter of 2013.
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Looking for a 30% profit? Flip a house

Looking for a 30% profit? Flip a house | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
While the share of flipped homes is shrinking, the average sales price of single-family homes flipped in the first quarter was $55,574 higher than the average original purchase price. That’s up from a year ago when the average gross profit per flip was $51,805, according to the Q1 2014 U.S. Home Flipping Report from RealtyTrac.
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A fight is brewing over control of the smart home and APIs are the weapon of choice.

A fight is brewing over control of the smart home and APIs are the weapon of choice. | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
As more companies release connected gadgets for the home, startups selling one-off devices are coming up against those who want to integrate everything into their own applications. What’s a consumer to do?
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NAR builds huge consumer database via Houselogic, now in action

NAR builds huge consumer database via Houselogic, now in action | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

In asking consumers to voice their concerns and help shape federal tax code reform, this marks NAR’s first ever test of the Consumer Outreach Program, reaching out to 85 million homeowners, including several million prospective owners. The CCFA will begin today and run until at least mid-July. 

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LendingTree: Down Payments Drop to 15% in First Quarter

LendingTree: Down Payments Drop to 15% in First Quarter | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
North Dakota, Nebraska, and West Virginia borrowers are making some of the lowest average down payments on homes in the country, while New Jersey and New York borrowers are making some of the highest,
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Zillow Breakeven Horizon 2014 Q1

Zillow Breakeven Horizon 2014 Q1 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The decision to buy or rent is really a choice between a) buying a home that you hope will appreciate in value or b) renting a home, spending less on housing (at least in the early years), and saving the difference in some form that earns interest, say as stocks or bonds, instead. Options (a) and (b) each have their associated costs net of benefits. The Breakeven Horizon between renting and buying gives the number of years you would have to live in the home for the accumulating net costs of renting to exceed those of buying. 

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Akamai patent case before Supreme Court

Akamai patent case before Supreme Court | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Either Akamai Technologies Inc. is taking a noble stance protecting intellectual property, or it’s feeding the patent trolls. That’s the crux of a long running patent infringement case that Akamai has brought against a rival in the Internet delivery business that will be heard before the US Supreme Court Wednesday.

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Homeownership hits lowest level since June 1995

Homeownership hits lowest level since June 1995 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The rate of homeownership at the end of 1Q2014 was 64.8%, which is 0.2 percentage points lower than the first quarter 2013 rate of 65%, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Zillow, Glympse win Webby Awards for tech achievements

Zillow, Glympse win Webby Awards for tech achievements | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A few Seattle startups were honored for their tech innovations at the 18th annual Webby Awards, an Oscars-style bash for Internet innovation, creativity and other wacky stuff.
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Most Popular Features of Green Remodels

Most Popular Features of Green Remodels | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Over the next five years, the number of remodelers who tackle more than 60 percent of their projects with “green” products is expected to double, according to a new study.
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Rethinking the 55+ Market

Rethinking the 55+ Market | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

With more and more people working beyond traditional retirement age and the advances in modern medicine, the lines between middle and late adulthood are becoming a bit blurred.

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The 10 Most Polluted Cities in the United States

The 10 Most Polluted Cities in the United States | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Is your city among the top 10 most polluted in the U.S.? If you live in Texas or California, the answer is probably yes.
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Here's Everything Facebook Just Announced At Its Big Developer Conference

Here's Everything Facebook Just Announced At Its Big Developer Conference | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg just delivered what amounts to a massive cultural change for the social network. Soon, users will be able to utilize an anonymous login function. It will let people use Facebook to log in to websites and apps, but without telling those apps — or their Facebook friends — what they're doing.

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Freddie Mac: Borrowers save more than $1 billion

Freddie Mac: Borrowers save more than $1 billion | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Borrowers will save on net more than $1 billion in interest payments over the coming year as they continue to shorten their payment terms and build equity in their homes, Freddie Mac said.
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MRIS Recognized as a Leading Technology Innovator by SmartCEO Magazine

MRIS Recognized as a Leading Technology Innovator by SmartCEO Magazine | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

MRIS, the industry-leading Mid-Atlantic Multiple Listing Service (MLS) that facilitates nearly $125 million a day inreal estate transactions, is pleased to announce that it has been named a finalist for Washington SmartCEO’s 2014 Voltage Awards.

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Supreme Court reverses patent judges (again) in 9-0 decision on lawyer fees

Supreme Court reverses patent judges (again) in 9-0 decision on lawyer fees | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

One has to wonder if the country’s top patent judges are just not very good at law. How else to explain the series of unanimous reversals their court’s decisions have received at the hands of the Supreme Court? It happened again on Tuesday as the high court issued two more 9-0 rulings.

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Granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and a free Camaro

Granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and a free Camaro | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A 2,267-square-foot home on the market for $270,000 in Bolingbrook, Illinois, has all the amenities -- granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, an oversized tub in the master bedroom and a "dramatic two-story entrance," according to the listing description.
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Trulia Reports First Quarter 2014 Results

Trulia Reports First Quarter 2014 Results | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

"In Q1 we added more than 7,000 subscribers, which is a record for the company and continues to demonstrate the momentum we are gaining amongst agents who want to connect with transaction-ready buyers and sellers," said Pete Flint, Chief Executive Officer of Trulia. "In the real estate category, agents want to be in front of the most qualified consumers where they receive high quality leads. 

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Century 21 Affiliated Agent Sue DeChambeau Inducted into Hall of Fame

Century 21 Affiliated Agent Sue DeChambeau Inducted into Hall of Fame | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Century 21 Real Estate LLC, the franchisor of the one of the world’s largest residential real estate sales organizations, has announced that affiliated agent Sue DeChambeau with CENTURY 21 Alliance has been inducted into the brand’s coveted CENTURY 21 Dick Loughlin International Hall of Fame

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Survey: Real Estate Is Fastest-Growing Industry

Survey: Real Estate Is Fastest-Growing Industry | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Sageworks, a financial information company, conducted a financial statement analysis of privately held companies to identify the fastest-growing industries of the last 12 months, and among the top 20, 12 are tied to construction.
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