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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The US-based National Association of Realtors has withdrawn its Community Objections against five applicants for .realestate and .realty, according to well-placed sources.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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Zillow CEO says ad campaign is working, touts traffic growth versus Trulia, Move

Zillow CEO says ad campaign is working, touts traffic growth versus Trulia, Move | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Spencer Rascoff Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff is building for the long-term, trying to become the dominant player in the online real estate category. W
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This Story Of A Wheelchair-Bound Woman Using Google Glass Will Move You To Tears

This Story Of A Wheelchair-Bound Woman Using Google Glass Will Move You To Tears | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

We hear a lot of stories about people using Google Glass, sometimes for awesome reasons and sometimes to the horror of their friends and coworkers. But here's one that really shows how the device can help someone.

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YES!

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Serious U.S. Mortgage Delinquencies Fall to Five-Year Low

Serious U.S. Mortgage Delinquencies Fall to Five-Year Low | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The share of U.S. mortgages that are seriously delinquent plunged to the lowest level in almost five years as improving employment and rising home prices move the foreclosure crisis closer to an end.
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Freddie Mac Posts $5 Billion Profit

Freddie Mac Posts $5 Billion Profit | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac reported a $5 billion net income for the second quarter of this year — the second-largest profit in its history — and says it will pay a dividend of $4.4 billion to the U.S. Treasury. So far, Freddie Mac has paid back $41 billion of what it owes to taxpayers. It still owes $30 billion more, and company officials say it hopes to continue paying that down this year.

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Survey: Americans Upbeat on Housing, Despite Rates

Survey: Americans Upbeat on Housing, Despite Rates | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Americans are increasingly optimistic about the housing market, despite the threat of a continued rise in mortgage rates, a new survey shows. Fifty-three percent of Americans expect home prices to increase by an average of 3.9 percent over the next 12 months, according to Fannie Mae’s July National Housing Survey of 1,000 home owners. Only 6 percent expect prices to fall, a new low in the survey's three-year history.

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Yahoo Ditches Its Hokey '90s-Era Logo

Yahoo Ditches Its Hokey '90s-Era Logo | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Good or bad, Yahoo’s logo has long been a cheerily oblivious snapshot of mid-1990s design trends.Back in 1995, when the original Yahoo logo made its debut, there was seemingly a universal methodology for Silicon Valley startups to come up with a...
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Guess I'm old fashioned - I kinda liked the old one

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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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Having a holiday home....

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Baird & Warner Names New Director of Career Services

Baird & Warner Names New Director of Career Services | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Christine Davis has been named Baird & Warner’s director of career services, working with broker associates across Chicagoland to advance their careers within the brokerage. A top producing agent for 17 years, Davis has spent the last eight years working one-on-one with Chicagoland real estate professionals. 

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Slate selected for IAR’s Board of Directors; board size decreases as part of governance measure

Slate selected for IAR’s Board of Directors; board size decreases as part of governance measure | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

A slate of candidates for the Illinois Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors has been selected by the organization’s Nominating Committee and Advisory Council, a move that will take the board from 106 members to 28 voting members.

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WOW!  106 down to 28.

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RE/MAX Brokers Report Commercial Real Estate Recovery Continues in Chicago and Suburbs

RE/MAX Brokers Report Commercial Real Estate Recovery Continues in Chicago and Suburbs | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
RE/MAX commercial real estate brokers in northern Illinois report seeing an increase in the number of commercial real estate sales, leases and developments in Chicago and its suburbs.
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How Google Glass Could Revolutionize the Medical Industry [infographic]

How Google Glass Could Revolutionize the Medical Industry [infographic] | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Wow. I am in total awe of the upcoming Google Glass invention. I just heard about it a few days ago, and after reading today’s infographic, I must say that I am thoroughly impressed. Google glass seems like a futuristic contraption straight out of a  sci-fi movie! Google glass is a pair of glasses frames with a small lense at the end. With this lense, you’ll be able to record videos, take pictures, access your email, look up directions, and probably a whole lot more that we don’t even know about. MIND BLOWN!

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Real Estate Sweetens Washington Post Deal

Real Estate Sweetens Washington Post Deal | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Entrance into the publishing business isn't the only thing Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is getting out of his planned $250 million purchase of The Washington Post. As part of the acquisition, he'll also get a slew of offices, warehouses, and development land in the Washington, D.C., area.  The Post also sold more than 700,000 square feet of industrial space and more than 60 acres of land to Bezos. 

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Fannie posts $10B profit

Fannie posts $10B profit | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Housing agency Fannie Mae posted its sixth consecutive quarterly profit, reporting a net income of $10.1 billion in the second period. Despite remaining profitable, the GSE’s earnings fell substantially from the first-quarter when it reported $58 billion in income.

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