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2013 Smartwatch Comparison Guide

2013 Smartwatch Comparison Guide | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Is it worth buying a smartwatch this holiday season? Or are you better off waiting for Apple and Google to enter the race? Let's line up the biggest smartwa...
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"World's first" smartphone-controlled SmartPlane takes off

"World's first" smartphone-controlled SmartPlane takes off | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Unlike quadcopters, smartphone-controlled fixed wing remote controlled aircraft have been a little thin on the ground. TobyRich, a German company specializi...
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Home truths

Home truths | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
THE city that proved that America’s housing market is rising from the ashes was, fittingly, Phoenix. From property-bubble peak to post-financial crisis trough,...
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Top listing portals continue to pull away from the pack

Top listing portals continue to pull away from the pack | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The top online real estate sites continue to capture more and more market share, with the five most popular listing sites -- Zillow, Trulia, Yahoo Homes, realtor.com and Homes.com -- hogging 38.99 percent of all traffic from desktop computers in...
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Fannie, Freddie regulator won’t touch conforming loan limit in 2014

Fannie, Freddie regulator won’t touch conforming loan limit in 2014 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Real estate industry groups are welcoming today’s announcement by the federal regulator that oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that it won’t reduce the $417,000 conforming loan limit that’s the ceiling for the mortgage giants in most markets. 

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AgentMatch launches, objections appear to be anti-consumer

AgentMatch launches, objections appear to be anti-consumer | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Recently, Realtor.com has put some of their acquired talent and technology to work in an extremely beta product called AgentMatch, piloting in the Las Vegas Valley and Northern Colorado. Performance data is fed directly from the MLS, bios are populated from agents’ SocialBiosprofiles, and the site unveils the top performing agents in any given area – a bone of contention for a small group of real estate professionals.

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Glass Just Got Way More Interesting

Glass Just Got Way More Interesting | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
It feels like over the last year, Google Glass went on a roller coaster ride that spanned the first half of the infamous hype cycle. It went from rumored..
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City Where It's Now Illegal to Smoke in Your Own Home

City Where It's Now Illegal to Smoke in Your Own Home | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The town of San Rafael, Calif., has passed a ban on smoking that city officials have called the most stringent in the nation and it just took effect.
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What Twitter's Expanded Images Mean For Clicks, Retweets, And Favorites

What Twitter's Expanded Images Mean For Clicks, Retweets, And Favorites | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The changes to how Twitter displays images can make your tweets stand out. Here's how to boost your engagement one image at a time.
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Why You're More Likely To Buy Something When Shopping On Your iPad

Why You're More Likely To Buy Something When Shopping On Your iPad | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

People tend to increase the value of an item the moment they take ownership of it. Psychologists call this the "endowment effect." It shows up even in trivial things, like coffee mugs or chocolate bars, that people justreceived in a lab setting. The slightly irrational new owners of these items want much more money for them than rational buyers are willing to pay.Monkeys do it, too. Evidently it's evolutionary.

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The Battle For The Connected Home Is Heating Up

The Battle For The Connected Home Is Heating Up | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
With the emergence of connected devices, the entire home is being reinvented as a data product, opening great opportunities to entrepreneurs. A whole new..
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NAR disaster fund seeks donations for Illinois tornado victims

NAR disaster fund seeks donations for Illinois tornado victims | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

In a message sent Monday, Nov. 25, National Association of REALTORS® President Steve Brown urged the association’s 1 million members to give to provide disaster relief through the REALTOR® Relief Foundation.

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Social customer service: what posts to reply to

Social customer service: what posts to reply to | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Social media customer service comes down to this: you have to carefully think about what you will reply to. This may sound simple but each company will have their own angle when coming up with an answering scheme. An answering scheme is a clear guide social media advisors follow when social messages roll in. It looks something like this:

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Residential home sales continue to climb: RealtyTrac

Residential home sales continue to climb: RealtyTrac | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Residential property sales continue to climb with homes selling at an estimated annualized pace of 5.69 million in October, a 13% increase from year ago levels.
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The End Of Long Airport Security Lines?

The End Of Long Airport Security Lines? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Duke University researchers believe they've found ways to screen luggage and people quickly and safely even in the face of evolving security risks.
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Good Samaritan teaches homeless man computer coding

Good Samaritan teaches homeless man computer coding | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

One day software engineer Patrick McConlogue was walking to work in New York City when he decided to make an unorthodox offer to a homeless man.

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Industry has backed ratings of Houston Realtors that consumers are seeking

Industry has backed ratings of Houston Realtors that consumers are seeking | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
As the debate over Realtor.com's agent ranking platform AgentMatch continues, Inman News invited Bob Hale, CEO of the Houston Association of Realtors, to share HAR's experiences with a similar experiment launched by the association's public-facing...
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I think this is well past being an experiment

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NAR-October Pending Home Sales Down Again, but Expected to Level Out

NAR-October Pending Home Sales Down Again, but Expected to Level Out | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The Pending Home Sales Index,* a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, slipped 0.6 percent to 102.1 in October from an upwardly revised 102.7 in September, and is 1.6 percent below October 2012 when it was 103.8. The index is at the lowest level since December 2012 when it was 101.3; the data reflect contracts but not closings.

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Uber Strikes Deal To Lower The Cost Of Car Ownership For Drivers

Uber Strikes Deal To Lower The Cost Of Car Ownership For Drivers | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

On-demand transportation service Uber is trying to get new drivers on the road, while also improving the experience for those who are already on its platform. To do that, it’s partnered with a couple of auto manufacturers and a few financing providers to reduce the cost of new car ownership for Uber drivers in six of its fastest-growing markets.

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The Science Of Posture: Why Sitting Up Straight Makes You Happier And More Productive

The Science Of Posture: Why Sitting Up Straight Makes You Happier And More Productive | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

I’ll confess up front: I have terrible posture. It’s been bad since I was in high school at least, and probably for even longer than that. It’s one of those things I keep in the back of my mind as something I know I should do, but never get around to, like eating more vegetables and sending more postcards.

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Explians a lot about me, eh?

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See London Light Up in This Stunning Time-lapse Video

See London Light Up in This Stunning Time-lapse Video | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Though London is famous for its foggy weather, you wouldn't know it based on this stunning time-lapse video of the city's sunny days and shimmering nights.
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Your Next Password Might Be Your Eye

Your Next Password Might Be Your Eye | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

You can use your phone to figure out your heart rate, track how much you walk, and even measure your sex life. But the powerful sensors inside smartphones can do more than keep you updated on your health: They can also turn your body into a password.

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Lean in and look into your computer camera please - SNAP!

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The TSA Is No Match For This Mad Scientist And His Gun Made With Junk From Airport Stores

The TSA Is No Match For This Mad Scientist And His Gun Made With Junk From Airport Stores | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Evan Booth hacks together working weapons--like a shotgun a grenade and a crossbow--with purchases anyone can make after they go through security to...
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Scary stuff for your highest travel weekend

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Marsh Fisher, Co-Founder of Century 21 Real Estate Franchise System, Passes Away at 88

Marsh Fisher, Co-Founder of Century 21 Real Estate Franchise System, Passes Away at 88 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Marsh Fisher, co-founder of Century 21 Real Estate, died from natural causes on Friday, November 22 in Pomona, California. He was 88. An influential and iconic entrepreneur, Fisher is credited with transforming ...
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Social Selling And The Power Of 3: A WInning Formula

Social Selling And The Power Of 3: A WInning Formula | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

They say good things come in threes, and it's no different for social selling. The Power of 3 is an established formula that has been concocted deep in the sales laboratories. It will help you succeed in understanding, mastering and implementing social selling. Here is the recipe: The 3x3 Rule, The 3-Approach, and The 3 Cs.

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