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Job Growth Less Than Expected, But Unemployment Hits 5-Year Low

Job Growth Less Than Expected, But Unemployment Hits 5-Year Low | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The jobless rate edged down to 6.6 percent in January. But only 113,000 jobs were added to payrolls.
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Wells Fargo Lowers Credit Scores for FHA Loans

Wells Fargo Lowers Credit Scores for FHA Loans | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Wells Fargo is expanding its mortgage credit box now that it has substantially reduced itsrepurchase risk, according to the head of mortgage production at the giant bank.

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5 Things You Probably Don’t Know About VA Loans

5 Things You Probably Don’t Know About VA Loans | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

VA loans are the most misunderstood mortgage program in America. Industry professionals and consumers often receive incorrect data when they inquire about them. In fact, misconceptions about the government guaranteed home loan program are so prevalent that a recent VA survey found that approximately half of all military veterans do not understand it.

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Bye-bye, Vaio -- Sony sells PC business, with buyer to focus on Japan

Bye-bye, Vaio -- Sony sells PC business, with buyer to focus on Japan | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Due to ongoing financial struggles, Sony is to sell off its venerable Vaio PC business in order to focus on smartphones and tablets. The company will also try to realign its TV efforts with an eye on the 4K market.
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Prudential Rubloff Announces Dee Cox as Libertyville Office Sales Leader for December

Prudential Rubloff Announces Dee Cox as Libertyville Office Sales Leader for December | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Mark Pasquesi, Managing Broker of Prudential Rubloff, announced Dee Cox as sales leader for the month of December. Maria Etling and Juli Noll also had outstanding sales in December.
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Target data breach could affect real estate transactions

Target data breach could affect real estate transactions | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON — The numbers of affected consumers are as yet impossible to predict, but mortgage credit experts warn that the recent massive data breaches at Target, Neiman Marcus and other retailers could have significant effects on some real estate transactions in the coming months as damaged credit files depress scores and jeopardize loan applications and home sales.
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Urban farming goes underground in London

Urban farming goes underground in London | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

When you think of urban farming, what comes to mind?Vertical gardens, rooftop gardens, and transformed vacant lots? Sure. But a pair of entrepreneurs in London are hoping to take urban farming to unexpected depths.

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Black Knight breaks year-end processing record

Black Knight breaks year-end processing record | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Black Knight Financial Services successfully processed a record number of mortgages in 2013. Not bad for the firm formerly known as Lender Processing Services and ServiceLink.
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Prudential Rubloff Announces Jean Anderson and Donna Mancuso as Lake Forest Office Sales Leaders for December

Prudential Rubloff Announces Jean Anderson and Donna Mancuso as Lake Forest Office Sales Leaders for December | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Mark Pasquesi, Managing Broker of Prudential Rubloff's Lake Forest office, announced Jean Anderson and Donna Mancuso as sales leaders for the month of December. Tracy Wurster and Ann Jones also had outstanding sales in December.
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Mayor wants to impose regulations on ride-sharing industry

Mayor wants to impose regulations on ride-sharing industry | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Mayor Rahm Emanuel will move Wednesday to fill a “regulatory vacuum” that has given ride-sharing companies an unfair advantage over taxicabs with no safeguards to protect consumers. The 20-page ordinance, expected to be introduced at a City Council meeting, would license ride-sharing companies as “transportation network providers” and require them to pay an annual, $25,000 fee, plus $25-per-driver.
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5 Reasons You Shouldn’t For Sale by Owner

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t For Sale by Owner | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Some homeowners consider trying to sell their home on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). We think there are several reasons this might not be a good idea for the vast majority of sellers.

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Target security breach accelerates adoption of chip-and-pin cards

Target security breach accelerates adoption of chip-and-pin cards | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Target said Tuesday that it will invest $100 million so its customers will be able to use more secure chip-and-pin cards at its stores by early 2015,...
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Apple Sued for Patent Infringement Over A7 Chip

Apple Sued for Patent Infringement Over A7 Chip | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Apple is being sued by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation over allegations that the iPhone maker used the university’s patented technology.
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Is it just a coincidence that Microsoft's new CEO is a UW/Milwaukee graduate?  Just sayin...

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IBM's Next Big Thing: Psychic Twitter Bots

IBM's Next Big Thing: Psychic Twitter Bots | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Using the power of the Watson supercomputer, your bank could soon be stalking you on Twitter. And that might not be a bad thing.
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Rolls-Royce offers first glimpse of Phantom Drophead Coupé

Rolls-Royce offers first glimpse of Phantom Drophead Coupé | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Rolls-Royce gave us a hint on Tuesday of its new Bespoke Waterspeed Collection, with the release of a sketch of its Phantom Drophead Coupé. The car features...
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In case you're looking for your new company car.

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Apple dreams up a better autocorrect

Apple dreams up a better autocorrect | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Two new patent applications could ensure you’ll never have to curse the autocorrect feature on your iPhone again.
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Tennessee considers tuition-free college

Tennessee considers tuition-free college | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam is proposing that the state provide two years of free education at community colleges or trade schools, The New York Times reports. The only requirements: a student needs to be a state resident with a high school diploma or have equivalent credentials. There would be no other academic or financial need requirements. 

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Builders with 'Green Experience' Fared Better During Recession

Builders with 'Green Experience' Fared Better During Recession | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The recession apparently hit those builders experienced in green construction with less severity than other home builders according to a new study on energy-efficient and green home building which found those builders remained in business at higher proportions...
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CVS Caremark, No. 2 drugstore chain, will end all tobacco sales

CVS Caremark, No. 2 drugstore chain, will end all tobacco sales | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON — CVS Caremark , the nation’s second-largest drugstore chain, plans to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at its more than 7,600 retail stores by Oct. 1, a landmark decision that would make it the first national pharmacy company to cease tobacco sales.
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Hey, that smells like Frank – body odor ID is on its way

Hey, that smells like Frank – body odor ID is on its way | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Move over, fingerprints and iris scans, because a new form of biometric identification may soon be joining you – body odor. According to Spanish scientists,...
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Prudential Rubloff Announces The Frumentino Team and Krystyna Kaczor Among North Shore Sales Leaders for December

Prudential Rubloff Announces The Frumentino Team and Krystyna Kaczor Among North Shore Sales Leaders for December | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Ben Gerstman, Managing Broker of Prudential Rubloff's Northbrook office, announced Honore and Kelly Frumentino as team sales leaders and Krystyna Kaczor as the individual sales leader for the month of December. Eve and Todd Trawinski also had outstanding sales in December.
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Nodding but not Listening?

Nodding but not Listening? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Imagine this: you’re sitting in a meeting and suddenly realize you’ve misplaced your wallet. Oh no! What happens to your ability to listen to the speaker? It decreases. You still hear what the presenter is saying – even look involved and interested – but you are far more engaged with an interior conversation about where the heck you left it.

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Key claims in CoreLogic real estate valuation patent ruled invalid

Key claims in CoreLogic real estate valuation patent ruled invalid | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A patent review board has ruled that several key claims made in a CoreLogic patent for an automated real estate appraisal system are "unpatentable abstract ideas" that were anticipated or obvious in view of "prior art" -- information or practices already in public circulation when the patent was issued.
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Seth's Blog: "Oh sure, I studied with him at Harvard"

Seth's Blog: "Oh sure, I studied with him at Harvard" | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
"Actually, I read his book when it was in galleys... I bought it when it came out in paperback... I have it but never actually read it... I read a few blog posts he wrote about it... I scanned the...
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Twitter posts 4Q loss but beats estimates

Twitter posts 4Q loss but beats estimates | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Twitter beat Wall Street's earnings and revenue expectations in its first quarter as a public company. But investors were looking for even more — including faster user growth — and the company's stock ...
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