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NAR/Realtor.com® Agreement Part 1: Displaying Unlisted New Homes & New Home Communities

NAR/Realtor.com® Agreement Part 1: Displaying Unlisted New Homes & New Home Communities | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The National Association of REALTORS® recently voted to approve updates to its operating agreement with realtor.com® and allow more flexibility for the Web site.  There has been a wide range of reactions from REALTORS®. This blog is part one of my five-part series in which I will discuss the propriety of the agreement.

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Here's A Fantastic Animation Showing The Change In US Population By Age From 1900 Through 2060

Here's A Fantastic Animation Showing The Change In US Population By Age From 1900 Through 2060 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

For your morning enjoyment, here's a delightful way to view the change, over time, of the US population, in terms of the relative size of various age groups.

It goes all the way from 1900 to 2060, and you can nicely observe phenomenons like the baby bust, the baby boom, the current retirement boom, and the future periods when the boomers will die off.

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Industry push to raise visibility of home energy efficiency improvements

Industry push to raise visibility of home energy efficiency improvements | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Everybody in real estate knows the rap against “green” and energy efficiency improvements to existing homes: Owners can invest a lot of money and save on utility bills, but then when they go to sell they often find it’s tough to get paybacks through higher prices on their homes.

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HAMP Recipients Seeing Average Savings of $547 per Month

HAMP Recipients Seeing Average Savings of $547 per Month | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury have jointly released the July edition of the Obama Administration's Housing Scorecard—a comprehensive report on the nation’s housing market.
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Online Buyers Notice Retargeted Ads

Online Buyers Notice Retargeted Ads | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
US online buyers shop around on websites as they search for their next purchase, with many visiting more than one site. Once they’ve looked around at products online, retargeted ads for these items seem to get noticed.
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Foreclosure Discounts Fade Away

Foreclosure Discounts Fade Away | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Two years ago, to the delight of investors and the anguish of homeowners, foreclosures regularly sold for 30 percent or more below the price of normal homes.  How times have change!
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10 Cities to Retire In Without a Car

10 Cities to Retire In Without a Car | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

There are a few unfortunate retirement stereotypes out there that can keep would-be retirees from pursuing that life they've always dreamed of. The idea that you have to be in some far-flung cluster of fellow non-workers puttering around in a golf cart, "island car" convertible or another generation's Cadillac is not only narrow-minded, but no way to approach yourfixed income.

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Rachel Bailey, Jane Shawkey, Nicholas Myers and Candace Taylor Join Coldwell Banker

Rachel Bailey, Jane Shawkey, Nicholas Myers and Candace Taylor Join Coldwell Banker | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is pleased to announce that Rachel Bailey and Jane Shawkey have joined their Gold Coast office. They will be marketing the condominium units at The Ritz-Carlton Residences on Michigan Avenue through the Coldwell Banker Previews International program. Nicholas Myers has joined the LaGrange Office, and Candace Taylor will be working in the Highland Office.

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Realtors withdraw five gTLD community objections

Realtors withdraw five gTLD community objections | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The US-based National Association of Realtors has withdrawn its Community Objections against five applicants for .realestate and .realty, according to well-placed sources. The five separate objecti...
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Fannie, Freddie, FHA REO inventory declines in Q2 2013

Fannie, Freddie, FHA REO inventory declines in Q2 2013 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Fannie released their second quarter results this morning.  In their SEC filing, Fannie reported their Real Estate Owned (REO) declined to 96,920 single family properties, down from 101,449 at the end of Q1.

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Bored by Google Glass? Hands on with Atheer augmented reality glasses

Bored by Google Glass? Hands on with Atheer augmented reality glasses | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The sunglasses-like augmented reality platform that Mountain View-based startup Atheer Labs announced in May doesn’t share the same polish as Google Glass. At least not yet, as it is not expected to launch to consumers until the end of next year. But it is wilder in its scope: Instead of putting information on a screen at the edge of your vision, Atheer lays it over reality in 3D. It’s an effort at true augmented reality, unlike Google Glass.

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BlackBerry Reportedly Considering Going Private, Following Dell In A Bid To Refocus With Less Scrutiny

BlackBerry Reportedly Considering Going Private, Following Dell In A Bid To Refocus With Less Scrutiny | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Canada’s smartphone industry pioneer BlackBerry is giving a lot more thought to taking the company private, according to a new report from Reuters. The strategy has been tabled before, but CEO Thorsten Heins and the BlackBerry Board of Directors are increasingly mulling the possibility of paying off shareholders and structuring a private equity deal to give them a chance to avoid continued public scrutiny.

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Lake County reverses rule that would have put REALTORS® at risk

Lake County reverses rule that would have put REALTORS® at risk | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

County boards of review – the agencies mandated to hear property assessment appeals – are required by state law to annually craft and promulgate rules “for the guidance of persons doing business with the Board and for the orderly dispatch of business.”

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New Rules For Short Sales?

New Rules For Short Sales? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Negotiation of a short sale deficiency agreement or any other type of mortgage collection forbearance with a sellers's mortgage lender is not within the scope of a real estate license.
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Realtor.com® National Housing Trend Report Shows Dramatic National Year-Over-Year Inventory Declines are Easing

Realtor.com® National Housing Trend Report Shows Dramatic National Year-Over-Year Inventory Declines are Easing | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

market data shows the nation experienced a 5.24 percent decline in housing inventory, which is the second month in a row with year-over-year inventory declines in the single digits. National median list prices increased 5.27 percent year-over-year while median age of inventory is down 16.67 percent. 

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The Next Big Thing: Changes Coming to Chicagoland

The Next Big Thing: Changes Coming to Chicagoland | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

There are few cities that have experienced the roller coaster ride that Chicago has in the last 100 years. At the turn of the 20th century, its growth was rapid. The population exploded, more than doubling from 1.69 million in 1900 to 3.62 million in 1950. Industry thrived, with many of the nation’s defining businesses, from Sears, to Schwinn Bicycle Company, to Montgomery Ward, to the Union Stock Yards, all basing their operations in Chicago.

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Foreclosures and Delinquencies Rising in the Northeast

Foreclosures and Delinquencies Rising in the Northeast | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

“For most of the country, delinquencies and foreclosures have returned to more normal historical levels. Most states are at or only slightly above longer-term averages and some of the worst-hit states are showing improvement

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Maryland hit with a second foreclosure wave

Maryland hit with a second foreclosure wave | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Maryland is facing a second foreclosure wave as the default pipeline loosens, sending a stream of distressed properties into the system.
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ELON MUSK REVEALS THE HYPERLOOP

ELON MUSK REVEALS THE HYPERLOOP | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

He says vacuum sealed tubes running on magnetics wouldn't work because it's too hard to vacuum seal a 700-mile tube. One leak, and you're toast. Pneumatic tubes wouldn't work, either, because "the friction of a 350 mile long column of air moving at anywhere near sonic velocity against the inside of the tube is so stupendously high that this is impossible for all practical purposes. "

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C.A.R. releases Q2 Affordability report

C.A.R. releases Q2 Affordability report | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The percentage of home buyers who could afford to purchase a median-priced, existing single-family home in California dropped to 36 percent in the second quarter of 2013, down from 44 percent in first-quarter 2013 and from 51 percent in second-quarter 2012, according to C.A.R.’s Traditional Housing Affordability Index (HAI).  The second quarter 2013 figure fell below 40 percent for the first time since the third quarter of 2008.

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The Top 5 Things that Clients Want From Agents

The Top 5 Things that Clients Want From Agents | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Agents provide many services to their clients, but of those services, which ones are the most valuable to clients?
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If these numbers are ral - SHOCKING!!

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Michel Beausejour's curator insight, August 10, 2013 8:16 AM

Si ces chiffres sont validés, cela apporte un éclairage additionnel sur le type de services requis par les acheteurs éventuels. 

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9 Moves That Will Put Your Real Estate Bid Over The Edge

9 Moves That Will Put Your Real Estate Bid Over The Edge | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
There's more to winning a real estate bidding war than throwing money at your opponents until they buckle. We asked an expert for tips.
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Redfin suspends Price Whisperer service in Seattle after one week, apologizes for violating MLS rules

Redfin suspends Price Whisperer service in Seattle after one week, apologizes for violating MLS rules | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Redfin has bumped into those pesky rules and regulations again. The Seattle online real estate brokerage, which is known for pushing the envelope with new
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Armstrong Confirms “Hundreds” Of Layoffs At Patch, 400 Sites Shuttered Or Partnered Off, And A New CEO

Armstrong Confirms “Hundreds” Of Layoffs At Patch, 400 Sites Shuttered Or Partnered Off, And A New CEO | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
We reported yesterday that AOL's hyper-local news service would lose hundreds of employees today, and now we have confirmation from a well-placed Patcher privy to the call that AOL CEO Tim Armstrong did indeed confirm to employees that hundreds...
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7 Best Places to Buy a Vacation Home

7 Best Places to Buy a Vacation Home | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Nearly a quarter of second home buyers purchase a vacation home with intentions of renting it out. Here are some of the best vacation home markets offering the highest returns on rents.
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karenpinney's curator insight, August 12, 2013 5:20 AM

Having a holiday home....