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LPS reveals state of housing in three-part video series

LPS reveals state of housing in three-part video series | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Lender Processing Services is in the middle of their three-part video series titled "The State of the Housing Union," hosted by Jonathon Weiner, vice president of research and development at LPS.
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Verisign blasts ICANN over proposed registry agreement

Verisign blasts ICANN over proposed registry agreement | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Verisign says unilateral right to amend is alive and well in proposed contract. Verisign senior vice presidents Pat Kane and Richard Goshorn have sent a letter to ICANN blasting the inclusion of am...
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Secret 'pocket listings' return in hot housing markets

Secret 'pocket listings' return in hot housing markets | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

But with pocket listings, properties are kept under wraps and brokers only show them to people they expect will put money down if the property and the price are right, said Richard Smith, CEO of Realogy, the parent company of Coldwell Banker, Century 21, Better Homes & Gardens and other real estate brokerages. Ideally, the buyer has deep pockets is willing to pay in cash, fast.

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The 19 Best Selling Vehicles In America

The 19 Best Selling Vehicles In America | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The top selling makes and models in the United States in April include cars, trucks, and SUVs from Ford, Chevy, Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Hyundai, and Dodge.
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Craigslist wins early legal victory against PadMapper, 3Taps

Craigslist wins early legal victory against PadMapper, 3Taps | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Nearly all of Craigslist's allegations of unlawful activities, including trespass and copyright violations, survive a motion to dismiss before a federal judge in San Francisco. Read this article by Declan McCullagh on CNET News.
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Which story do we believe?

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'Patent Troll' Targets Microsoft's Skype

'Patent Troll' Targets Microsoft's Skype | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

A small Long Island company is staking a claim on a major piece of the web conferencing market with a newly-filed patent infringement lawsuit against Microsoft MSFT -1.06% for its Skype service.

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Widespread principal reductions could save taxpayers $2.8 billion

Widespread principal reductions could save taxpayers $2.8 billion | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The CBO concludes that, in one scenario, such a program could actually save taxpayers up to $2.8 billion. In some cases, the lender could get the right to receive 25% of any future increase in the home’s value.
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Crime rises in abandoned buildings, vacant lots

Crime rises in abandoned buildings, vacant lots | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Community groups expected to voice their support Wednesday for a proposed ordinance designed to protect or compensate displaced tenants in foreclosed rental buildings have a new set of figures to sway opponents.
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What Internet Companies Are Helping to Protect Your Data From the Government?

What Internet Companies Are Helping to Protect Your Data From the Government? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has published it’s third annual “Who Has Your Back?” report which gives insight into some of the largest and most influential Internet players (which is synonymous with the term ‘data collectors’ in today’s world) and how they work to keep data from being grabbed by the government at their bidding.

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Seth's Blog: Writing tip: say it backwards

Seth's Blog: Writing tip: say it backwards | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
If your writing feels like nothing but easily defensible aphorisms, as if you're saying things that are obvious, it's entirely possible that no one is going to eagerly keep reading. Your real estate brochure or the ad copy you've written--if...
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Sharilee Swaity's curator insight, May 11, 2013 9:33 PM

An excellent tip on how not to sound obvious, or trite. From the online guru himself, Seth Godin. 

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The 100K Club: America’s Highest-Earning Cities

The 100K Club: America’s Highest-Earning Cities | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
There are 16 cities in the United States where more than 50% of the households in the city earn over $100,000 per year.  California and Texas dominate this list of high-earners.  Most of these cities are well-to-do suburbs of larger...
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PropertyInfo Introduces Enhanced SureClose® Guest View for Title Agencies

PropertyInfo Introduces Enhanced SureClose® Guest View for Title Agencies | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

PropertyInfo Corporation, a Stewart® company, announced today the enhanced SureClose guest view for SureClose title agency customers. The guest view allows title agencies using SureClose to extend their brand to customers by providing a custom online transaction portal.

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Job cuts in financial services nearly double

Job cuts in financial services nearly double | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Job cuts in the financial services industry are double what they were last year, with cuts climbing to 34,856 jobs in the first four months of 2013, compared to 12,860 staff reductions a year earlier.
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U.S. Employment Situation Improves in April

U.S. Employment Situation Improves in April | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The U.S. Payroll to Population employment rate (P2P), as measured by Gallup, was 44.5% for the month of April, up from 43.4% in March. This is the highest P2P rate so far in 2013, but is still more than a percentage point lower than the 45.7% seen last October, the highest P2P rate Gallup has measured since it began tracking employment in 2010.

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Steve Jobs Proved Data Can Tell Any Story You Want

Steve Jobs Proved Data Can Tell Any Story You Want | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Charts can help us understand the aggregate but they can also be deeply misleading. Here's how to stop lying with charts without even knowing it.
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Seth's Blog: The critic stumbles

Seth's Blog: The critic stumbles | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Last week, I saw an extraordinary play on Broadway. It got the longest standing ovation I've ever seen in a theater, and Alan Cumming deserved every minute of it. The New York Times critic, though, didn't like the show.
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Craigslist's Allegations Of "Copyright" Violations Thrown Out

Craigslist's Allegations Of "Copyright" Violations Thrown Out | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Video Craiglist has long been criticized for a failure to innovate (it has also been criticized for having among the "most draconian" terms of services of any major website on the internet).
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Zillow, Lucid take home Webby Awards for internet innovation

Zillow, Lucid take home Webby Awards for internet innovation | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Things continue to move fast for Seattle-based Zillow, and now the online real estate company can add two Webby Awards to its resume.
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Foreclosed renter protections measure moves forward

Foreclosed renter protections measure moves forward | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A Chicago City Council committee on Wednesday passed a measure that would give additional protections to renters in foreclosed buildings but the proposed ordinance will be held in committee until June 5.
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The 2013 Doodle 4 Google state winners are in and it’s time for you to vote!

The 2013 Doodle 4 Google state winners are in and it’s time for you to vote! | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Students from across the country sent in more than 130,000 doodles for our 2013 U.S. Doodle 4 Google competition. Today, we’re proud to share with you our 50 amazingly talented state winners. Exploring their “Best Day Ever...” from life down under to flying from planet to planet in outer space, we were wowed by the imaginations and talent of young aspiring artists from coast to coast.

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How Your Own Expertise Is Holding You Back

How Your Own Expertise Is Holding You Back | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
According to the Zen concept shoshin in the beginner's mind there are many possibilities in the expert's mind there are few. So try thinking...
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U.S. Job Creation Remains in Higher Territory in April

U.S. Job Creation Remains in Higher Territory in April | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The index score for April is based on 35% of U.S. workers telling Gallup that their employer is hiring new people and expanding the size of its workforce and 16% saying their company is letting people go and reducing the size of its workforce. The Job Creation Index has been consistently in positive territory since February 2010, improving steadily since that time, but is still not as strong as it was in early 2008, before the financial collapse.

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Rep. Mel Watt reportedly Obama's pick to lead FHFA

Rep. Mel Watt reportedly Obama's pick to lead FHFA | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Congressman Mel Watt, D-N.C, is President Obama’s pick to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency, according to a ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

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Warren Buffett's Analogy About About Boobs And Porn Shop Operators Is Just Brilliant

Warren Buffett's Analogy About About Boobs And Porn Shop Operators Is Just Brilliant | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Someone had asked the Oracle of Omaha why people sell their companies to him instead of private equity firms.  This is the type of question that you might hear later this week.  Here's Buffett's response:

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