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Texas Association of REALTORS® Teams with DocuSign eSignature to Help Agents and Brokers Close More Deals Faster and Better Serve Clients

Texas Association of REALTORS® Teams with DocuSign eSignature to Help Agents and Brokers Close More Deals Faster and Better Serve Clients | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
SAN FRANCISCO---- DocuSign, The Global Standard for eSignature ®, announced that the company will team with the Texas Association of REALTORS ® to offer the DocuSign electronic signature solution to TAR members.
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At DocuSign, Keith Krach Continues His Epic 16-Year Quest To Reinvent The Business World

At DocuSign, Keith Krach Continues His Epic 16-Year Quest To Reinvent The Business World | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

DocuSign had a big day yesterday by landing $47.5 million in funding, along with adding Mary Meeker of Kleiner Perkins to the board.

 

Last year, the company added another big name when Keith Krach, the founder of Ariba, signed on as CEO.

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New group to coordinate action against MLS ‘data pirates

New group to coordinate action against MLS ‘data pirates | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Data pirates, watch out. The real estate industry is coming after you — collectively.

 

That’s one message a new nonprofit organization created to protect the intellectual property rights of multiple listing services and brokerages wants to convey. Here’s another: It needs members to join the cause.

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Jim White's curator insight, July 13, 2013 8:08 PM

It's about time.

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Illinois Appellate Court rules that employment for less than two years is inadequate consideration for enforcement of non-compete and non-solicitation covenants

Illinois Appellate Court rules that employment for less than two years is inadequate consideration for enforcement of non-compete and non-solicitation covenants | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Non-compete and non-solicitation covenants in an employment agreement are not enforceable unless the restrictions are supported by adequate consideration.  Illinois courts have held that there “must be at least two years or more of continued employment to constitute adequate consideration in support of a restrictive covenant.”

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MRED CEO AT THE CENTER OF LISTINGS DISTRIBUTION DEBATE

MRED CEO AT THE CENTER OF LISTINGS DISTRIBUTION DEBATE | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED), Chicagoland's multiple listing service (MLS), has announced that its CEO, Russ Bergeron, will be featured as a panel member at the 2013 Inman Real Estate Connect Conference in San Francisco. MRED has also been selected as a finalist for an Inman News Innovator Award in the MLS/Real Estate Trade Association category.

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The Use Of Team Names Raises Issues

The Use Of Team Names Raises Issues | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
It is a long-standing California rule that real estate business cannot be conducted under a fictitious business name unless that name has been duly registered with and approved by the Department (now Bureau) of Real Estate.
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Valuing Energy Efficiency in Appraisal and Underwriting

Valuing Energy Efficiency in Appraisal and Underwriting | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

In March, a joint study by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Center for Community Capital and the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) found that owners of ENERGY STAR-rated homes are one-third less likely to default on a mortgage than the average borrower.

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Trulia launches ‘find an agent’ directory

Trulia launches ‘find an agent’ directory | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Trulia has launched a “find an agent” directory it says will help consumers glean insight about agents including previous home sales, active listings and recommendations from past clients.

 

The “find an agent” directory also encourages agents to demonstrate their expertise online, by helping buyers and sellers find advice they’ve provided to Trulia users.

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NAR doesn’t allow Realtor.com to have ‘chief economist

NAR doesn’t allow Realtor.com to have ‘chief economist | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The operating agreement for realtor.com, the official site of the National Association of Realtors, prohibits the site from having a chief economist at a time when realtor.com operator Move Inc. is seeking more freedom to compete with rivals like Trulia and Zillow. 

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IAR GAD program works with Village of Bannockburn to end licensing fees for real estate offices

IAR GAD program works with Village of Bannockburn to end licensing fees for real estate offices | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Per the Illinois Real Estate License Act, local units of government are prohibited from requiring real estate brokerage offices or brokers to obtain a local license in order to conduct business, as that is the exclusive domain of the state. It was recently discovered that the village of Bannockburn, in their village code, recognized this restriction but made it incumbent upon the business to point out to the village they were exempt from local licensing.

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10 Naturally Disastrous Alternatives to Sharknado

10 Naturally Disastrous Alternatives to Sharknado | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In case Syfy is starting to run out of movie ideas after Sharknado, we have whipped up a couple possibilities for a sequel. Slothunderstorm, anyone?
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Retirement hot spots a gold mine for investors

Retirement hot spots a gold mine for investors | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Retirement cities are a gold mine for investors. To point out which ones are beneficial to the investment community, RealtyTrac released a report on real estate investing in cities that have become retirement hot spots, where at least a third of the population is age 54 or older.

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Leo Albanes's curator insight, July 10, 2013 9:32 AM

Find your Retirement location

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The Ivee Sleek Isn’t Just An Alarm Clock, It’s A Voice-Controlled Hub For Smart Homes

The Ivee Sleek Isn’t Just An Alarm Clock, It’s A Voice-Controlled Hub For Smart Homes | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Alarm clocks rarely do much to get people’s salivary glands fired up, but ivee’s Sleek may just change that. To be fair though, calling the Sleek an alarm clock is about as accurate as calling Microsoft an OS maker — the description technically fits, but it’s a hell of an understatement.

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Seth's Blog: Proving the skeptics wrong

Seth's Blog: Proving the skeptics wrong | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
"It'll never last..." "Someone with her background will never make a go of this..." "Are you kidding me?" "Pathetic! Delusional!" "Social media is a fad, the iPad is a toy, you're never going to amount to anything..." Here's the thing...
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New Walk Score tools provide more neighborhood insights

New Walk Score tools provide more neighborhood insights | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Social Neighborhood Tags displays words or phrases that appear most frequently in tweets sent from a particular neighborhood, and represents the first “geospatial analysis of tweets” offered on a real estate site, said Walk Score Chief Technology Officer Matt Lerner.

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Looking backward, forward, and around the corner

Looking backward, forward, and around the corner | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

I’m looking in the hills of Oakland, California – my home town.

 

To begin, I call Pacific Union, a brokerage specializing in this area, and ask to speak to an agent I’ve seen on yard signs around town.

 

I talk to this agent, and tell her what I’m looking for — not just price and location, but the fine grained preferences that are immediately parsed by the algorithm that is her knowledge and experience.

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It's Incredible How Much More Paperwork It Takes To Buy A House Today

It's Incredible How Much More Paperwork It Takes To Buy A House Today | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The more things change, the more things stay the same. This popular adage is definitely not true when it comes to the amount of paperwork involved in buying a home!

 

To understand how things have changed, we need to compare the past to the present. Luckily my father is very organized and has his entire file of documents from when he bought the family house almost 45 years ago in Virginia.

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Helping Agents Sell Homes With Midwest Real Estate Data

Helping Agents Sell Homes With Midwest Real Estate Data | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Years of experience, innovative products, and the regional power of nearly 40,000 real estate professionals combine to make Chicagoland multiple listing service Midwest Real Estate Data(MRED) a force in real estate.

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How to go Beyond Humanizing your Brand

How to go Beyond Humanizing your Brand | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Consumers are being subjected to an invitation avalanche, with every company of every size, shape, and description asking people to like them, follow them, friend them, click, share, and +1 them. This is in addition to the interruption marketing tactics and findability campaigns already in existence. At best, it wears thin. 

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NAR Survey of Generational Trends Shows Younger Buyers More Optimistic

NAR Survey of Generational Trends Shows Younger Buyers More Optimistic | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Millennials are more confident than any other age group that their recent home purchase was a good financial investment, according to a new study released today.
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Maponics now providing ‘walkability’ ratings

Maponics now providing ‘walkability’ ratings | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Mapping data firm Maponics LLC is now offering a tool that rates the walkability of neighborhoods, school attendance boundary zones, subdivisions, ZIP codes and other geographical areas defined by the company.

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Walk Wars version 1.0

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IAR Call for Action: Stop Statewide Fire Sprinkler Mandate

IAR Call for Action: Stop Statewide Fire Sprinkler Mandate | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Answer IAR’s Call for Action and send a message to the 12-member legislative panel of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) that Illinois REALTORS® oppose a statewide fire sprinkler mandate in all newly constructed homes.

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How single women buy homes differently than single men

How single women buy homes differently than single men | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Single women have very different home buying patterns than single men, and are more often homeowners than single men, according to reports.
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Why Your Emails Get Replies (Or Don't)

Why Your Emails Get Replies (Or Don't) | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

... people are more likely to respond to information requests--whether important or trivial--if they're easy to address. ... By contrast, very important but complex messages that require a lot of work to answer often don’t get a response.

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Facebook Will Begin Making Graph Search Public On Monday

Facebook Will Begin Making Graph Search Public On Monday | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Graph Search’s beta version launched in January. At that time, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg described the product as completely different from Web search: “Web search is designed to take any open-ended query and give you links that might have answers. Graph Search is designed to take a precise query and give you an answer, rather than links that might provide an answer,” he said.

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