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Mo. Bill Would Require Agents to ID Sex Offender Buyers

Mo. Bill Would Require Agents to ID Sex Offender Buyers | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Should real estate agents have to warn neighbors when they represent a prospective home buyer who is a sex offender? Lawmakers in Missouri say they should, and are hoping to make it law.
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MRED's Inventory of Homes Half That of Two Years Ago

MRED's Inventory of Homes Half That of Two Years Ago | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
LISLE, Ill., Jan. 22, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED), Chicagoland's multiple listing service (MLS), announced that December 2012 figures indicate the volume of properties for sale on December 31, 2012 was at about fifty...
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Will County home sales jump in 2012

Will County home sales jump in 2012 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Will County cracked 7,000 home sales last year for the first time since 2007. Home sales jumped 28 percent, from 5,872 in 2011 to 7,515, according to statistics released Tuesday by the Illinois Association of Realtors.
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RESO Announces Its 89 Charter Members

RESO Announces Its 89 Charter Members | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO) is proud to announce its 89 Charter Member organizations. Read below for the complete list of Charter Members.

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3 mobile mistakes to avoid

3 mobile mistakes to avoid | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Some real estate brokerages still making these strategic blunders. Real Estate Connect is always a whirlwind and a fantastic event jam-packed with content, conversation and inspiration.
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Chicago Real Estate Shows Life in 2012, Sales Up 26.7 Percent

Chicago Real Estate Shows Life in 2012, Sales Up 26.7 Percent | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Chicago real estate market ended 2012 on a high note, with home sales increasing 26.7 percent over 2011.
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Housing recovery will surge short term, but hurdles remain

Housing recovery will surge short term, but hurdles remain | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
While all signs point to an ongoing recovery in housing, headwinds still remain, making it impossible to forecast a solid recovery without a few hurdles along the way.
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U.S. Economic Confidence on Upward Climb

U.S. Economic Confidence on Upward Climb | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Gallup's U.S. Economic Confidence Index improved to -13 last week, from -18 the week prior. Americans' confidence in the economy has improved for three weeks in a row after deteriorating during fiscal cliff negotiations.
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Wisconsin Home sales surge; Median prices reach 5-year high

Wisconsin Home sales surge; Median prices reach 5-year high | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Wisconsin housing prices edged up in 2012 as sales surged, a sign the economic recovery is gaining steam.
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NAR-Existing-Home Sales Slip in December, Prices Continue to Rise; 2012 Totals Up

NAR-Existing-Home Sales Slip in December, Prices Continue to Rise; 2012 Totals Up | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Existing-home sales eased in December but are well above a year ago, while limited inventory maintained the upward momentum in home prices, according to the National Association of Realtors®.
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12 States Where Homeowners Are Deep Underwater On Their Mortgages

12 States Where Homeowners Are Deep Underwater On Their Mortgages | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

1.4 million borrowers moved to positive equity (where homeowners owe less on their mortgage than their home is worth) in the year through the end of Q3.  This is according to CoreLogic's latest negative equity report.

 

But a whopping 10.7 million or 22 percent of all residential properties with mortgages were underwater by the end of Q3.

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Sergey Brin Dons Google Glass, Dresses Like An International Jewel Thief For NYC Subway Ride

Sergey Brin Dons Google Glass, Dresses Like An International Jewel Thief For NYC Subway Ride | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Sergey Brin rides the subway, just like the rest of us, but when he does, he's wearing Google Glass and presumably seeing much more about the dreary downtown 3 train interior than his fellow passengers thanks to his magic augmented reality powers.
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MediaPost Publications Unilever, Coca-Cola Utilize Facial Analysis To Enhance Ad Tests

MediaPost Publications Unilever, Coca-Cola Utilize Facial Analysis To Enhance Ad Tests | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Almost a year ago, WPP’s commercial testing company Millward Brown added facial recognition and analysis technology to its offering to better assess the emotional impact of ads. 

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MRED CEO Bergeron Retains Spot on Inman News Honor Roll

MRED CEO Bergeron Retains Spot on Inman News Honor Roll | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
LISLE, Ill., Jan. 22, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- At last week's Inman Real Estate Connect® in New York City, it was announced that
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Detroit Land Bank Authority to take on 7,900 unsold properties from foreclosure auction

Detroit Land Bank Authority to take on 7,900 unsold properties from foreclosure auction | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The question of what is going to happen to the 7,900 properties that did not sell in the Wayne County foreclosure auction in October appears to have been answered.
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Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate's Social Media Case Study Published by Richard Ivey School of Business

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate's Social Media Case Study Published by Richard Ivey School of Business | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate today announced that its brand is the focus of a case study developed by the Richard Ivey School of Business at The University of Western Ontario.

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National Home Values Rose 5.9 Percent in 2012, But High Growth Rate Likely Unsustainable

National Home Values Rose 5.9 Percent in 2012, But High Growth Rate Likely Unsustainable | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Zillow’s fourth quarter Real Estate Market Reports, released today, show home values increased 2.5% from the third to fourth quarter of 2012 to $157,400 (Figure 1).

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What Will Be the Impact of Cook County's 'Land Bank'?

What Will Be the Impact of Cook County's 'Land Bank'? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Cook County unanimously approved a land bank to handle its many vacant and abandoned REO properties; how successful will it be?
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New Paper Says Housing IS The Business Cycle

New Paper Says Housing IS The Business Cycle | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Interesting new paper here from UCLA’s Ed Leamer in which he argues that housing is the business cycle:

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Home values appreciate 5.9% in 2012

Home values appreciate 5.9% in 2012 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Annual home value appreciation is roughly 3% on average, according to Zillow. Cincinnati and Chicago were the only metros of the 30 largest covered by the report that did not show quarterly increases in the fourth quarter.
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Chicago-area home sales up 19% in December

Chicago-area home sales up 19% in December | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
More than 7,000 consumers in the Chicago-area bought themselves a home last month, the best finish for the year since December 2006, just before the local housing market's bubble burst.
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Peoria area realtors report strong home sales

Peoria area realtors report strong home sales | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Area home sales were up 16.7 percent in 2012 over the previous year, according to the Peoria Area Association of Realtors. Home sales in the greater Peoria area totaled 4,912 last year, an increase from 4,210 in 2011.

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Illinois sees home sales increase in December; 2012 notches 22.9 percent sales gain over 2011

Illinois sees home sales increase in December; 2012 notches 22.9 percent sales gain over 2011 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Illinois home sales increased 15.2 percent over previous-year levels in December and median prices increased 5.6 percent, according to the Illinois Association of REALTORS®.  Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in December 2012 totaled 10,265 homes sold, up from 8,908 in December 2011. Year-end 2012 home sales totaled 128,436, up 22.9 percent from 104,480 in 2011.

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Foreclosure Buying By Wall Street Providing Hot Air For New Housing Bubble

Foreclosure Buying By Wall Street Providing Hot Air For New Housing Bubble | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Hot air rises, and so are housing prices. It appears that Bernanke's efforts to fund the housing market are beginning to gain some traction. An army of ...
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Bing Adds 5x More Facebook Content to its Search Results

Bing Adds 5x More Facebook Content to its Search Results | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Just a couple days after Facebook's hyped up "secret" announcement was revealed to be Graph Search -- which, powered by Bing, uses social signals to try to create a truly social search experience within Facebook -- Bing has announced that its search results will now feature 5x more content from users' Facebook friends

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