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IAC Agrees to Buy About.com for $300 Million in Cash

IAC Agrees to Buy About.com for $300 Million in Cash | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Barry Diller’s IAC/InterActiveCorp agreed to buy About.com from New York Times Co. for $300 million in cash, letting the company expand its Ask.com informational- website business.
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REALTORS® push to protect Mortgage Interest Deduction

REALTORS® push to protect Mortgage Interest Deduction | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

REALTORS® worked to ensure language supporting the Mortgage Interest Deduction (MID) was included in the Republican Party platform as it readies for the Republican National Convention next week.

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New FHFA Short Sale Guidelines Aim to Increase Transactions

New FHFA Short Sale Guidelines Aim to Increase Transactions | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
New short sale guidelines from the Federal Housing Finance Agency are geared towards streamlining and simplifying the process for underwater homeowners.
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Prudential Rubloff Properties Roster Grows With Melinda Jakovich Team

Prudential Rubloff Properties Roster Grows With Melinda Jakovich Team | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Michael Pierson and Chris Eigel, principals of Chicago real estate firm Prudential Rubloff Properties, have announced the addition of Melinda Jakovich and her her team to the brokerage's Magnificent Mile office.
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Using tie-down phrases to close more deals

Using tie-down phrases to close more deals | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Increasing your succes...

 

Do you ever fear that you sound like Charlie Brown’s teacher when trying to close a deal – like the person on the other end has no interest in deciphering your nonsensical gibberish?

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Seth's Blog: Most people

Seth's Blog: Most people | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Most people don't care enough to make a difference. Most people aren't going to buy that new thing you're selling. Most people are afraid to take action. Most people are too self-involved to do the generous work you're hoping for....
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Lucky & Unlucky Numbers Around the World [infographic]

Lucky & Unlucky Numbers Around the World [infographic] | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
An infographic showing the unlucky and lucky numbers around the world on a map.
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Borrower fraud declines on FHA-backed mortgages

Borrower fraud declines on FHA-backed mortgages | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A study by quality control and assurance company Quality Mortgage Services shows that the percentage of misrepresentation on mortgages backed by the Federal Housing Administration declined 40% in 2011 from the prior year.
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Why Too Much Data Disables Your Decision Making

Why Too Much Data Disables Your Decision Making | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Quick, think back to a major decision. You know, the kind that compelled you to read everything on a topic and lead you to spend hours devouring every last scrap of data. How'd that work out for you?
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Meet Doorsteps, The Company That Wants To Take The Misery Out Of Home Buying

Meet Doorsteps, The Company That Wants To Take The Misery Out Of Home Buying | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The process of buying a home hasn’t changed a great deal since the 1930s.
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HousingWire | Freddie delinquency rate down to lowest level in nearly 3 years

HousingWire | Freddie delinquency rate down to lowest level in nearly 3 years | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The 3.42% delinquency rate on Freddie Mac mortgages is the lowest since August 2009. Meanwhile, the GSE purchased 50% more mortgages in July than the same month a year ago.
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ListHub restricting use of listings for agent tools | Inman News

ListHub restricting use of listings for agent tools | Inman News | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Trulia mobile apps for agents will lack data from Move Inc. syndicator.
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RE/MAX Top Properties Celebrates Office Grand Opening in Morris on Aug. 26 - PR.com

RE/MAX Top Properties Celebrates Office Grand Opening in Morris on Aug. 26 - PR.com | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
RE/MAX Top Properties Celebrates Office Grand Opening in Morris on Aug.
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The 5 Biggest Opportunities in Real Estate Going Forward

The 5 Biggest Opportunities in Real Estate Going Forward | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Many professionals in the real estate industry have been in survival mode for the last few years.
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Illinois “Hardest Hit” program helping homeowners avoid foreclosure

Illinois “Hardest Hit” program helping homeowners avoid foreclosure | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The Illinois Hardest Hit Program, which provides financial assistance to qualifying homeowners who are having trouble making their mortgage payments because they have lost their job or are underemployed, has helped approximately 4,000 Illinois homeowners so far, according to an article in the State Journal-Register.

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Koenig & Strey Gold Coast Maintains Top Market Share In Luxury Real Estate

Koenig & Strey Gold Coast Maintains Top Market Share In Luxury Real Estate | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Chicago-based Koenig & Strey Real Living has announced that its Gold Coast office once again holds the top luxury market share position for the first half of 2012, in an issued press release.
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2012 The Truth About Agents Survey Results - Chicago Agent Magazine

2012 The Truth About Agents Survey Results - Chicago Agent Magazine | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Chicago Agent sent out a comprehensive survey to find out the truth about agents, and to compare the results for the year 2011 to our results from 2010.

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Good News as Existing Homes Sales and Median Prices Rise

Good News as Existing Homes Sales and Median Prices Rise | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The housing recovery continues as July existing home sales reported by the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) were up 10.4 percent compared to July 2011, and up sequentially from June 2012 by 2.3 percent.

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Senators press for tax relief on principal reductions, short sales

Senators press for tax relief on principal reductions, short sales | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A bipartisan effort is under way in the Senate to help borrowers avoid paying taxes on mortgage debt forgiven under a modification or short sale.
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Is Google's Synonym Matching Increasing?

Is Google's Synonym Matching Increasing? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

How Searchers & Brands Can Be Both Helped & Hurt By Evolving Understanding Of Intent

 

In the beginning, Google matched the words in a searcher’s query to the words on a web page and ranks those pages (roughly) based on how many external links each had.

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Operation HomeFront, Wells Fargo to donate bank-owned properties to military families

Operation HomeFront, Wells Fargo to donate bank-owned properties to military families | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Wells Fargo is partnering with Operation Homefront to donate up to $500,000 in bank-owned properties to military families.
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Being Funny Can Get You A Raise

Being Funny Can Get You A Raise | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Drew Tarvin runs Humor That Works, a website and consultancy dedicated to the idea that bringing a little levity to your workplace can only increase your bottom line.
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Seth's Blog: With an open heart and an open mind

Seth's Blog: With an open heart and an open mind | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
It might not be warranted, but you won't get far without it. Don't bother going to that meeting or reading that book unless you can momentarily assume the message comes from a place of goodwill and generosity.
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Zillow Forecast: June Case-Shiller Composite-20 Expected to Show 0.3% Increase from One Year Ago | Zillow Real Estate Research

Zillow Forecast: June Case-Shiller Composite-20 Expected to Show 0.3% Increase from One Year Ago | Zillow Real Estate Research | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

On Tuesday, August 28th, the Case-Shiller Composite Home Price Indices for June will be released. Zillow predicts that the 20-City Composite Home Price Index (non-seasonally adjusted [NSA]) will be up by 0.3 percent on a year-over-year basis, while the 10-City Composite Home Price Index (NSA) will be flat on a year-over-year basis.

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Google's 'I'm Feeling Lucky' Button Has a Cool New Trick

Google's 'I'm Feeling Lucky' Button Has a Cool New Trick | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Google's "I'm Feeling Lucky" trick isn't just addictive -- it's smart too.
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