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Inventory is on the Rise Nationally - What About in Chicago?

Inventory is on the Rise Nationally - What About in Chicago? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The news was good for housing inventory in Monday's existing-home sales report from NAR, but has the situation improved at all here at home?
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Wrigley Field renovation plan passes Chicago City Council

Wrigley Field renovation plan passes Chicago City Council | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The decision clears the way for the Cubs to renovate the ballpark and build a plaza and a hotel. But the team says there's still more to be ironed out before work begins.
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Will NAR ‘let realtor.com soar’?

Will NAR ‘let realtor.com soar’? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Hundreds of real estate professionals who serve on the board of directors of the National Association of Realtors will descend on the Windy City tomorrow to consider the future of the trade group’s official website, realtor.com.

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2013 Spring Selling Season Was Hottest Since 2004, As Recovery Accelerates & Widens

2013 Spring Selling Season Was Hottest Since 2004, As Recovery Accelerates & Widens | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Zillow’s second quarter Real Estate Market Reports , released today, show home values increased 2.4% from the first quarter of 2013 to the second quarter of 2013 to $161,100 (Figure 1). This quarter marks the largest annual gain since August 2006 and largest quarterly gain since the fourth quarter of 2005. On an annual basis, the Zillow Home Value Index (ZHVI) rose 5.8% from June 2012 levels (Figure 2). Monthly appreciation remains strong with national home values growing by 0.9% from May.

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Fannie Mae policy clarifications irritate short sale agents

Fannie Mae policy clarifications irritate short sale agents | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Fannie Mae has rolled out rule clarifications that appear to be giving short sale agents heartburn, but why? Let us examine the rules and reactions.
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Cisco Acquires Cybersecurity Company Sourcefire For $2.7B

Cisco Acquires Cybersecurity Company Sourcefire For $2.7B | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Cisco has just announced the acquisition of Sourcefire, a company that creates cybersecurity products to protect companies from attacks. The purchase price is $2.7 billion, or $76 per share in cash plus retention-based incentives...
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Backlog of foreclosures continues to block housing recovery

Backlog of foreclosures continues to block housing recovery | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
While the housing market is on the mend — with progress even in the hardest-hit states — the backlog of homes in foreclosure and real-estate owned properties is still clogging the pipeline, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York claims.
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Meet The 17-Year-Old Who Created A Brain-Powered Prosthetic Arm

Meet The 17-Year-Old Who Created A Brain-Powered Prosthetic Arm | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Easton LaChappelle used 3D printing and electronics to do on his own what his school couldn't teach himand what the market needed. And it will sell...
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RealtyTrac app hunts for potential sellers among distressed homeowners

RealtyTrac app hunts for potential sellers among distressed homeowners | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
With housing inventory wearing thin, RealtyTrac launched a new application to help parties identify motivated homeowners who have yet to list their properties.
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NAR - June Existing-Home Sales Slip but Prices Continue to Roll at Double-Digit Rates

NAR - June Existing-Home Sales Slip but Prices Continue to Roll at Double-Digit Rates | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Existing-home sales declined in June but have stayed well above year-ago levels for the past two years, while the median price shows seven straight months of double-digit year-over-year increases.
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Chicago homes sales, prices continue gains in June

Chicago homes sales, prices continue gains in June | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Chicago-area's housing market continued its recovery last month, as a steep drop in inventory continued to push June prices up to levels not seen in at least three years.
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DocuSign vs DotLoop eSign Security

DocuSign vs DotLoop eSign Security | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Tracy Weir’s 16 minute video screencast from July 10, 2013, saved me time having to put together a video of the same exact purpose: actually demonstrating major differences between DotLoop’s and DocuSign’s eSign security.

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Leap Motion Ships Today: It’s Magic, But You Still Need Your Mouse

Leap Motion Ships Today: It’s Magic, But You Still Need Your Mouse | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

There’s something magical about drawing in a computer paint program by leisurely sliding a finger through the air. As one Fast Company reporter put it while trying Leap Motion’s gesture control technology for the first time: “I feel like God.”

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New home sales surge to a five-year high

New home sales surge to a five-year high | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
New home sales surged dramatically in June and saw the highest annual improvement since 1992 - welcome news for one of the hardest hit sectors of the economy.
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Patent firm Eolas loses appeal in Web patents lawsuit

Patent firm Eolas loses appeal in Web patents lawsuit | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Patent firm Eolas Technologies lost an appeal against Google, J.C. Penney, Yahoo and Amazon.com in a long-drawn lawsuit involving key Web patents.
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Calif June pending and distressed home sales report

Calif June pending and distressed home sales report | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
 The share of equity home sales in California continued to expand in June, comprising four of every five home sales, thanks primarily to a drop in distressed sales.
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DocuSign Trust Network™ Delivers Secure Platform for Global Business Transactions

DocuSign Trust Network™ Delivers Secure Platform for Global Business Transactions | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

DocuSign, The Global Standard for eSignature®, announced the DocuSign Trust Network™, a suite of best-of-breed services to protect the authenticity, reliability, and security of all documents signed in the DocuSign Cloud. The DocuSign Trust Network builds on the company’s industry-leading security to provide the most robust security, user identification and authentication for electronic transactions.

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This NFC Ring Puts Wireless Transfer Tech On Your Finger So You Can Fist-Bump Phones

This NFC Ring Puts Wireless Transfer Tech On Your Finger So You Can Fist-Bump Phones | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The tech world may be hoping for Apple to unbox some wearable technology in the near future but who cares about the iWatch when an NFC ring is a thing? NFC fans — you know, these sort of folk — hankering for the convenience of having the wireless transfer tech always on their person should point their eyes at this U.K.-based Kickstarter project.

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That's Near Field Communication - has nothing to do with football.

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Skipping A Realtor Might Be The Biggest Mistake A Real Estate Investor Could Make

Skipping A Realtor Might Be The Biggest Mistake A Real Estate Investor Could Make | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

What's the biggest mistake a real estate investor can make?  

Not hiring a realtor. Yes, they can be a big expense, but a realtor can be an invaluable asset when scoping out properties that you plan on investing a lot of money into. 

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Analysts: Expect mortgage rates to rise, not soar

Analysts: Expect mortgage rates to rise, not soar | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Rates took a giant leap the past two months, but over the course of the next year, industry experts say rates will simmer down and increase at a slower pace. 
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@properties Bolsters Leading Market Share in First Half of 2013; Becomes Illinois’ Largest Independent Realty Firm

@properties Bolsters Leading Market Share in First Half of 2013; Becomes Illinois’ Largest Independent Realty Firm | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Chicago real estate firm @properties builds on No. 1 market share in Chicago and claims the title ‘largest independent’ for the first time in the company’s 13-year history.
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Illinois marks two years of sales gains; sales surge 14.9 percent with strong median price gains in June

Illinois marks two years of sales gains; sales surge 14.9 percent with strong median price gains in June | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Illinois home sales increased 14.9 percent over previous-year levels in June and median prices increased 9.7 percent, according to the Illinois Association of REALTORS®, continuing an impressive run of sales gains that show resurgence in the housing market is continuing.

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Illinois homeowner aid program to end

Illinois homeowner aid program to end | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Illinois will end its “hardest-hit” financial assistance to homeowners in the fall, as funds in the program are nearing depletion. The state will stop taking applications for the funds Sept. 30, Gov. Pat Quinn said Friday.


“I encourage anyone who is facing foreclosure, or is at risk of foreclosure, to act now,” Mary Kenney, executive director of the Illinois Housing Development Authority, the state agency overseeing the program, said in a statement.

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8 Home Inspection Red Flags

8 Home Inspection Red Flags | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Getty ImagesOur gallery of home inspection nightmares (below) is good for a laugh, but a home inspection is serious business. It's the buyer's opportunity
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The ‘Shift the Goalpost’ Home Sale

The ‘Shift the Goalpost’ Home Sale | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

After apartment-hunting in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, for months this spring, Dr. Ronald Nath finally lucked out with a two-bedroom duplex at the top of a condominium, listed at $800,000.

 

A day after a crowded open house, Dr. Nath, a Massachusettssurgeon, offered $803,000 for the unit, which was to be a home for his son David, a television news producer. But because of its location and the outdoor spaces on both floors, the unit attracted more than a dozen offers, which prompted the seller to request higher bids.

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