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Facebook Rolls Out New Page Insights For All and It’s Beautiful

Facebook Rolls Out New Page Insights For All and It’s Beautiful | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Facebook Page admins, a simpler, yet more powerful version of Page Insights is headed your way and it's a thing of beauty. That ridiculous
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Foreclosure starts in Chicago area ease in 3Q, RealtyTrac reports

Foreclosure starts in Chicago area ease in 3Q, RealtyTrac reports | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Almost 23,000 homes in the Chicago area received a notice related to a mortgage foreclosure action during the third quarter, but local foreclosure activity is nonetheless down more than 40 percent from a year ago, RealtyTrac said.
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New tool lets you visualize just about anything in 5 minutes (maybe less)

New tool lets you visualize just about anything in 5 minutes (maybe less) | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A new open source tool called RAW makes it remarkably easy to visualize any data that you can copy and paste from a table. Football on my mind, I chose to look at the performance of NFL quarterbacks so far this season.
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19-Year-Old Comedian Stands Up to Depression - TED talk [VIDEO]

19-Year-Old Comedian Stands Up to Depression - TED talk [VIDEO] | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Kevin Breel explains the stigmas that come with depression in a moving TED Talk.
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Trivedi Effect®'s comment, October 12, 2013 9:23 AM
Trivedi Effect® Helping people with depression of all ages.
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Seth's Blog: Buying is selling

Seth's Blog: Buying is selling | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
If you're negotiating to buy something--a house, a company, even as the purchasing agent for a big company--you're also selling. That's because it isn't a faceless transaction involving a list price and a credit card.
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28-member board sworn in to lead IAR in 2014

28-member board sworn in to lead IAR in 2014 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Twenty-eight people were named to the board of directors for the Illinois Association of REALTORS® at a meeting on Tuesday, October 1st.

 

The board will serve for the 2013-2014 year, and include 18 candidates selected by a nominating committee, six association past presidents, three officers and the association’s immediate past president. There is also an ex-officio appointment to the board of the National Association of REALTORS® Region 7 vice president.

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That's right - just 28 - pretty impressive, and streamlined.

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Qazzoo gives agents edge in finding homebuyer leads

Qazzoo gives agents edge in finding homebuyer leads | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The premise — that “explosive growth of real estate websites and online homebuying tools” has led to a decrease in the number of homes sold because “potential homebuyers become overwhelmed by all the information they collect online and the process ends there” — got short shrift on Inman News. 

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Steve Volkodav named CEO of NSBAR

Steve Volkodav named CEO of NSBAR | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Steve Volkodav joined the North Shore – Barrington Association of Realtors (NSBAR) in 2000 as its director of information systems. Now, more than a decade later, he is the group’s CEO.

 

According to a press release, the NSBAR board of directors recently appointed Volkodav to the position – a deserving promotion according to NSBAR President Jim Votanek .

 

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Way to go Steverino!!

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Have you protected your business yet by giving to RPAC?

Have you protected your business yet by giving to RPAC? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The 2013 REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC)fundraising deadline is Oct. 15. Have you given your fair share to help protect the industry and your real estate business?

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Jamie Roth and Karen Renella of Coldwell Banker Hold New Positions

Jamie Roth and Karen Renella of Coldwell Banker Hold New Positions | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Coldwell Banker is pleased to announce that two of their agents will be holding new positions this year. Realtor Karen Renella will now be associated with the Evanston-Central office. And broker Jamie Roth of the Highland Park office has been elected to the North Shore – Barrington Association of Realtors (NSBAR) Board of Directors and Chair of the Grievance Committee for 2013-14.

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Indiana trounces Illinois in business tax climate rankings

Indiana trounces Illinois in business tax climate rankings | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The state's business tax climate dropped one notch to 31st place in the Tax Foundation's annual rankings, while Indiana displaced Texas among the ten best.
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Montreal, Quebec City boards tell CREA they’re leaving

Montreal, Quebec City boards tell CREA they’re leaving | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The Montreal and Quebec City real estate boards have served formal notice that they will leave CREA at the end of the year unless the national association makes major changes.

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Can't we all just get along?

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DocuSign and zipLogix Integrate to Streamline the Home Buying Process

DocuSign and zipLogix Integrate to Streamline the Home Buying Process | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

DocuSign® announced a new integration of the leading tools in the real estate industry – DocuSign, Cartavi, and zipLogix – to streamline home buying and selling. The new integration unites the most powerful and widely used tools into one interface to allow real estate professionals to easily and more securely manage transactions digitally from start to finish while providing a superior experience for buyers, sellers, and other parties to a transaction.

 
Russ Bergeron's insight:

In California too?

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Peggy Smith's curator insight, October 9, 2013 2:53 PM

We use Instanet and Authentisign, but the idea of fully functioning online tools in this age of technology is what separates the "men from the boys".

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Customer Loyalty Declining

Customer Loyalty Declining | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Various studies point in the same direction: customer loyalty is disappearing in a hurry. Consumers put less trust in brands and tend to switch brands a lot faster. The famous 80/20 rule (20% of the customers account for 80% of the turnover) has turned into a 60/40 rule (40% of the customers generate 60% of the turnover) and is slowly evolving towards a 50/50 rule.

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No More Awkward Small Talk: The Refresh App Briefs You On Whoever You're Meeting

No More Awkward Small Talk: The Refresh App Briefs You On Whoever You're Meeting | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Refresh a mobile app that datamines instant resumes of anyone at a meeting just received a $10 million funding round.
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Erica Smith's curator insight, October 16, 2013 8:35 PM

Here's one of the companies I'm consulting for - they're an awesome productivity app for meetings. Download the app and check it out (and let me know what you think!). http://j.mp/19LjyK4

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Amazon Takes on PayPal With Its Own Checkout Service

Amazon Takes on PayPal With Its Own Checkout Service | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The next time you buy a pair of shoes online, you may have more choice than your Visa or PayPal -- you may also be able to pay using Amazon.
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Court rules Cook County use tax illegal

Court rules Cook County use tax illegal | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Cook County's controversial use tax on goods bought outside the county was declared illegal yesterday.

 

The ruling from the bench by Circuit Court Judge Lopez Cepero means taxpayers won't have to pay the tax or file returns while the county appeals the decision, according to lawyers involved with the case.

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Miller, Suguitan honored with IAR Distinguished Service Medals

Miller, Suguitan honored with IAR Distinguished Service Medals | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Sue Miller, a longtime REALTOR® and educator who holds the GRI, CRS, ABR, LTG, PMN, SFR and ePro designations, was honored for her more than 30 years of service to the profession.


Al Suguitan, CAE, who is the association executive for the Greater Gateway Association of REALTORS®, was honored for more than 40 years of service.

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Can you guess which company's still the biggest real estate franchisor?

Can you guess which company's still the biggest real estate franchisor? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Re/Max, which netted $225 million in an initial public offering last week, has retained its title as the top real estate franchisor — and is also the 14th-largest U.S.-based franchise operation in any industry by worldwide sales volume, according to an annual ranking from the Franchise Times. 

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EXIT Strategy Realty Hires Realtor Eve Benton

EXIT Strategy Realty Hires Realtor Eve Benton | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Though the housing market is at a better place than in recent years, foreclosed properties sill abound, and not all agents know how to deal with them. So when Realtor Eve Benton, who specializes in REO inventory, was looking for a new firm, EXIT Strategy Realty jumped at the chance to hire her. 

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East San Francisco Bay Realtor boards approve merger under Contra Costa Association banner

East San Francisco Bay Realtor boards approve merger under Contra Costa Association banner | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The combined 3,500 or so members of the Walnut Creek, Calif.-based Contra Costa Association of Realtors and Richmond, Calif.-based West Contra Costa Association of Realtors will vote on the merger during a window that opens Oct. 27 and closes Nov. 11. If approved, the trade groups will officially join forces on Jan. 1, 2014, under the Contra Costa Association of Realtors banner.

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Austin Board of Realtors flips the switch on ListHub

Austin Board of Realtors flips the switch on ListHub | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Austin Board of Realtors has cutting the cord for direct syndication to ListHub, a creative move that other boards will likely now consider, giving agents and brokers a better understanding of where their data is going.
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Russ Bergeron's comment, October 9, 2013 6:15 PM
Just switching from Opt-Out to Opt-In would be a lot simpler - but would not garner the same headlines.
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San Diego brokerage claims ZipRealty referral site violates its trademarks

San Diego brokerage claims ZipRealty referral site violates its trademarks | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Ascent Real Estate Inc. claims Emeryville, Calif.-based ZipRealty and the Web developer that has licensed the domain ascentrealestate.com to ZipRealty are infringing on the company’s trademarks. 

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Appraisal Institute Announces Major Strategic Initiatives

Appraisal Institute Announces Major Strategic Initiatives | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The Appraisal Institute will:
• Issue proposed standards of valuation practice that could serve as an alternative for valuation professionals where national or other standards are not required;
• Expand delivery of Appraisal Institute education, becoming more proactive in identifying and pursuing appraisal educational opportunities; and
• Create a new certification organization to establish a future generation of cross-disciplinary valuation professionals and to enhance their marketability in a competitive job environment.

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