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Ranking Of The Top 60 CEOs On Social Media

Ranking Of The Top 60 CEOs On Social Media | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

This is our second global ranking of CEOs on social media. As more CEOs have transitioned into social media, we have expanded it from 30 to 60 individuals. The ranking methodology is set out at the bottom of the article.

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Calif-August pending and distressed sales report

Calif-August pending and distressed sales report | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

“Rising interest rates over the past several months at the specter of a tapering of the Fed’s stimulus program sent buyers to the sidelines in August,” said C.A.R. Vice President and Chief Economist Leslie Appleton-Young.  “However, the Fed’s decision last week to postpone the pullback should lead to lower interest rates, which bodes well for prospective buyers.”

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Your Nosy Boy/Girlfriend Can Unlock Your iPhone 5s With Your Thumb While You Sleep

Your Nosy Boy/Girlfriend Can Unlock Your iPhone 5s With Your Thumb While You Sleep | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The passcode can’t die yet. The iPhone 5s’s Touch ID fingerprint security system can be unlocked with your finger even if you’re asleep. That means a jealous lover could hold your phone to your thumb while you slumber and read all your texts, call logs, emails, and more.

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The property myth exposed as Aussie journalist becomes a real estate agent in just four days

The property myth exposed as Aussie journalist  becomes a real estate agent in just four days | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Newcomers can even be given the keys to an open inspection and the responsibility of negotiating with buyers after just a few hours in a classroom.

 

This is in stark contrast to other professions. Florists need 440 hours of study to be qualified - while the average hairdresser does a year of training before being handed a pair of scissors and let near a customer.

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Aren't you glad it is not that easy to get a RE license in the US?

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'Phantom Listings' May Be Distorting House Prices

'Phantom Listings' May Be Distorting House Prices | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A real estate consultant’s warning that housing market data in Canada is being artificially inflated has some economists and market observers wondering whether the recent upswing in house sales and prices might be partly an illusion.
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Distorted RE numbers, Canadian style

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Seth's Blog: The GIGO buffer

Seth's Blog: The GIGO buffer | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Computer wonks like to talk about garbage in/garbage out. A simple example: if there's a mistake in the way a blog post is encoded, many XML/RSS readers will choke on it, preventing all future posts from showing up.
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Chicago home sales continue climb, but prices slip

Chicago home sales continue climb, but prices slip | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Sales of existing single-family homes and condominiums in the Chicago area continued to handily beat their year-ago comparisons in August, but median prices fell for the second consecutive month since peaking in June.
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With 300K Downloads, London-Based YPlan Launches Stateside In New York

With 300K Downloads, London-Based YPlan Launches Stateside In New York | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Countless social-planning apps have tried, unsuccessfully, to capture the attention of users in a way that would produce enough engagement, which in turn would result in partnerships with vendors and merchants, which in turn would generate revenue.
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Taking Over a Seller’s Loan

Taking Over a Seller’s Loan | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Mortgage loans from both government agencies include a little-known feature known as assumability. In other words, the buyer of a home financed with an existing F.H.A. or V.A. loan may be able to take over, or assume, the seller’s loan, under the same terms, rather than take out a new mortgage.

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SMS May Be Fading, But Businesses Are Still Texting Customers

SMS May Be Fading, But Businesses Are Still Texting Customers | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

But even in decline, text messaging is often a more effective marketing tool than other social media platforms because it ensures consumers are seeing businesses’ updates immediately, without getting lost in a news feed teeming with posts. Facebook recently updated its algorithms in an attempt to deliver higher-quality page updates, but small businesses with low “like” counts will only see marginal benefit.

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Seth's Blog: Unreasonable clients

Seth's Blog: Unreasonable clients | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Who gets your best work? If you reserve your best effort for the irritable boss, the never-pleased client and the bully of a customer, then you've bought into a system that rewards the very people who are driving you nuts....
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add your insight...

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Mortgage-Backed Securities Soar as Fed Maintains Bond Buying

Mortgage-Backed Securities Soar as Fed Maintains Bond Buying | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Bonds issued by government entities such as Fannie Mae jumped more than one point in price, mostly outpacing the gains in Treasurys. Gains in the "agency" mortgage bonds narrowed the gap between benchmark Fannie Mae MBS yields and 10-year Treasury note yields to 0.71 percentage point from 0.74 point on Tuesday--and to the smallest since mid-May--Credit Suisse data show.

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Brokers, MLSs have last word on use of listing data

Brokers, MLSs have last word on use of listing data | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

“Paper brokerages” that publish shared listing data from multiple listing services in order to generate leads for other brokers have largely flown under the industry’s radar, an Inman News investigation has found.

 

But history shows that if the paper brokerage business model takes off, it could pose a threat to its own source of listings — the MLS.

 

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60,000 underwater borrowers in Chicago eligible for program

60,000 underwater borrowers in Chicago eligible for program | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Now the agency is looking for underwater but current borrowers, including almost 60,000 homeowners in the Chicago area, who are eligible to refinance their Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac-backed mortgages to more affordable terms under the Home Affordable Refinance Program.

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iOS 7, thoroughly reviewed

iOS 7, thoroughly reviewed | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

In one sense, iOS 7 changes nearly everything about iOS. A couple of wallpapers have made the jump, but otherwise you'd be hard-pressed to find anything in iOS 7 that looks quite like it did in iOS 6. In another sense, iOS 7 is the latest in a string of incremental updates. It adds a few new features and changes some existing ones, but this doesn't radically alter the way that you use the OS from day to day. 

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ICANN admits new TLD auctions are delayed

ICANN admits new TLD auctions are delayed | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Willett said the delay was primarily due to ICANN staff working on other issues, including community priority evaluation. She also noted that there are some outstanding questions about how auctions will take place and that they will engage with the community to resolve them. Community engagement always takes time. 

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Real Estate Deals That Have Never Been Listed

Real Estate Deals That Have Never Been Listed | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

No open houses, no advertising and not a single online photo. And yet a $27 million town house on the Upper East Side and an $850,000 two-bedroom co-op in Lower Manhattan had no problem finding buyers in the past six months. Neither home was listed on the open market.

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Pocket Listings are dead - long live Whisper Listings
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The Differences & Advantages of Zillow’s Indices Over Repeat Sales Indices

The Differences & Advantages of Zillow’s Indices Over Repeat Sales Indices | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

On Monday, our Chief Economist, Stan Humphries, presented at the Urban Institute together with CoreLogic’s Chief Economist, Mark Flemming, on the differences between the Zillow Home Value Index and the CoreLogic Home Price Index. Below is the video of the presentation and a link to the slide deck that was presented.

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Google launches Quickoffice for iOS and Android; includes 10 GB of Drive for limited time

Google launches Quickoffice for iOS and Android; includes 10 GB of Drive for limited time | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Having bought Quickoffice back in July of 2012, Google has released a mobile version of the productivity suite for iOS and Android devices on Thursday. The free software is available in both the iTunes App Store and the Google Play store, and one of the biggest reasons to consider trying it is the application’s support for native Microsoft Office formats.

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Dropbox users don't like it much

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Our Members: Who Belongs to Whom?

Our Members: Who Belongs to Whom? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Most of us regularly use the phrase "our members." Stop and think about that. Do members belong to your association, or is it really the other way around?
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Federal Court Rules That Patent Infringement Can Violate Antitrust Laws

Federal Court Rules That Patent Infringement Can Violate Antitrust Laws | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

This ruling arose out of a dispute between Retractable Technologies, Inc. (Retractable) and Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD),1 in which Retractable alleges, among other claims, that BD’s infringement of Retractable’s patents foreclosed competition and maintained BD’s monopoly power in the hypodermic syringe market, thereby violating Section 2 of the Sherman Act.2

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Pinterest's Second Attempt At Making Money Actually Sounds Smart

Pinterest's Second Attempt At Making Money Actually Sounds Smart | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Pinterest is poised to dip an extremely cautious toe into the water of promoted pins. According to an announcement by Founder and CEO Ben Silbermann, the company plans to experiment with promoting pins from select businesses.

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What APIs Are And Why They're Important

What APIs Are And Why They're Important | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

In the simplest terms, APIs are sets of requirements that govern how one application can talk to another. APIs aren't at all new; whenever you use a desktop or laptop, APIs are what make it possible to move information between programs—for instance, by cutting and pasting a snippet of a LibreOffice document into an Excel spreadsheet. System-level APIs makes it possible for applications like LibreOffice to run on top of an OS like Windows in the first place.

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Car companies are now cloud companies: BMW to have 10M connected cars in 5 years

Car companies are now cloud companies: BMW to have 10M connected cars in 5 years | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

There are around 3 million vehicles that are directly connected to BMW’s data centers, said BMW’s VP of IT Infrastructure Mario Mueller at GigaOM’s Structure Europe conference in London on Wednesday. That number will grow to 10 million connected vehicles by 2018, meaning BMW will increasingly be operating as an IT and cloud-focused company,

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Interactive Median Home Price Map

Interactive Median Home Price Map | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
What's Your Market's Median Home Price?
Zoom in to your metropolitan statistical area to get the latest quarterly median home price for your market, and its percentage change from the previous
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