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Indiana trounces Illinois in business tax climate rankings

Indiana trounces Illinois in business tax climate rankings | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The state's business tax climate dropped one notch to 31st place in the Tax Foundation's annual rankings, while Indiana displaced Texas among the ten best.
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Montreal, Quebec City boards tell CREA they’re leaving

Montreal, Quebec City boards tell CREA they’re leaving | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The Montreal and Quebec City real estate boards have served formal notice that they will leave CREA at the end of the year unless the national association makes major changes.

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Can't we all just get along?

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DocuSign and zipLogix Integrate to Streamline the Home Buying Process

DocuSign and zipLogix Integrate to Streamline the Home Buying Process | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

DocuSign® announced a new integration of the leading tools in the real estate industry – DocuSign, Cartavi, and zipLogix – to streamline home buying and selling. The new integration unites the most powerful and widely used tools into one interface to allow real estate professionals to easily and more securely manage transactions digitally from start to finish while providing a superior experience for buyers, sellers, and other parties to a transaction.

 
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Peggy Smith's curator insight, October 9, 2013 2:53 PM

We use Instanet and Authentisign, but the idea of fully functioning online tools in this age of technology is what separates the "men from the boys".

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Seth's Blog: Your hall of fame

Seth's Blog: Your hall of fame | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

t says a lot about an industry when it cares enough about its work (and the people doing it) to go to the trouble of organizing this story. The music industry is particularly good at this--not only do they have a hall of fame, but they have gold records, Grammy awards and multiple ways to highlight and honor people doing the work.

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6 Headaches That Nest's Smoke Detector Finally Cures

6 Headaches That Nest's Smoke Detector Finally Cures | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Tony Fadell CEO of Nest aims to do for the smoke detector what he did for the lowly thermostat: Turn it into a home gadget everyone covets. Here's a...
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Simple, Direct, Honest, Personal, And Blunt: How The 5-Word Performance Review Works Wonders

Simple, Direct, Honest, Personal, And Blunt: How The 5-Word Performance Review Works Wonders | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Paul English cofounder of Kayak hated some of the performance reviews he was given as an employee. So when he became a boss he decided to do something...
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No likelihood of confusion under the Lanham Act for use of keywords resembling competitor's service mark

No likelihood of confusion under the Lanham Act for use of keywords resembling competitor's service mark | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Plaintiff 1-800 Contacts, Inc. (“1-800”), “dominates” the retail market for replacement contact lenses. The company registered and owns the service…
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Realtor CEO resigns, cites 'differences' in style

Realtor CEO resigns, cites 'differences' in style | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Terry Penza said differences in management styles ended her brief tenure as CEO of the Realtor Association of Greater Fort Myers and the Beach — not the group’s contentious transition to a new multiple listing service provider.

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Zillow and the Bipartisan Policy Center to Host Housing Forum in Washington, D.C.

Zillow and the Bipartisan Policy Center to Host Housing Forum in Washington, D.C. | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

After more than five years of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac conservatorship, now is the time to move past the temporary fixes that were put in place during the crisis and create a functional and sustainable housing finance system. 

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CoreLogic Reports U.S. Foreclosure Inventory Down 33 Percent Nationally From a Year Ago

CoreLogic Reports U.S. Foreclosure Inventory Down 33 Percent Nationally From a Year Ago | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
CoreLogic released its August National Foreclosure Report with a supplement featuring quarterly shadow inventory data as of July 2013. There were 48,000 completed foreclosures in the U.S.
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Eliminating MLS and Broker Conflict

Eliminating MLS and Broker Conflict | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

 I was surprised to learn of the high level of frustration between the larger brokers and their MLSs.   Some brokers said the MLS was their #1 source of angst this year, even ahead of the usual suspects like banks, NAR, and ZTR.  The intensity of the brokers’ anger is what shocked me – combined with the fact that I wasn’t hearing about this from Clareity’s MLS customers and clients.

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Eliminating conflict or creating it? 

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Big Broker Brinkmanship

Big Broker Brinkmanship | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
"Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?" -Abraham Lincoln The disconnect or "hatred" big brokers have for MLS providers is something I've heard for years, and years, and years....
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Repairs Every New Homebuyer Should Make

Repairs Every New Homebuyer Should Make | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Starting from the moment they move in, new owners should look ahead to routine maintenance and take care of small home repairs right away to head off potentially costly mistakes. Here's a quick timeline of things to look for.

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San Diego brokerage claims ZipRealty referral site violates its trademarks

San Diego brokerage claims ZipRealty referral site violates its trademarks | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Ascent Real Estate Inc. claims Emeryville, Calif.-based ZipRealty and the Web developer that has licensed the domain ascentrealestate.com to ZipRealty are infringing on the company’s trademarks. 

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Appraisal Institute Announces Major Strategic Initiatives

Appraisal Institute Announces Major Strategic Initiatives | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The Appraisal Institute will:
• Issue proposed standards of valuation practice that could serve as an alternative for valuation professionals where national or other standards are not required;
• Expand delivery of Appraisal Institute education, becoming more proactive in identifying and pursuing appraisal educational opportunities; and
• Create a new certification organization to establish a future generation of cross-disciplinary valuation professionals and to enhance their marketability in a competitive job environment.

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RESO Fall Meeting - we need you there

RESO Fall Meeting - we need you there | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The Fall Meeting will be hosted by UtahRealEstate.com at the REALTOR Campus Building October 15-17, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

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NHL Player Escapes Locked Bathroom With Help From Twitter

NHL Player Escapes Locked Bathroom With Help From Twitter | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

witter has all sorts of uses for sports stars: engaging with fans, promoting charitable efforts and even talking trash, just to name a few. But now we can add a new one to the list, thanks to Washington Capitals forward Joel Ward.

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A valid use for social media.

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Meet Looking Glass: The 2-D Tech That Could Crush 3-D Printing

Meet Looking Glass: The 2-D Tech That Could Crush 3-D Printing | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
It looks like a miniature shark is sitting in that clear cube. But it's all an illusion--an illusion that could have a big future.
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A New Way to Connect Buyers and Sellers Tthrough Realbiz Media Group

A New Way to Connect Buyers and Sellers Tthrough Realbiz Media Group | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Press Release issued Oct 7, 2013: Realbiz Media Group, Inc. is a real estate digital media and technology company whose proprietary video processing technology makes it one of the leaders in providing home video tours to the real estate industry.
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Tech Overload? Gen Y Employees Are Feeling it, Study Says

Tech Overload? Gen Y Employees Are Feeling it, Study Says | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Technology’s to thank for our habit of endless multitasking. But as a recent survey finds, constant connection overwhelms half of the workforce—especially Gen Y employees. 

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Electronic Communications Should Be Retained in Transaction Files

Electronic Communications Should Be Retained in Transaction Files | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
An article in the current issue of the Real Estate Bulletin published by the California Bureau of Real Estate (BRE) states that brokers have an affirmative obligation to maintain electronic communications (EC) that are related to transactions.
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Zillow's StreetEasy will halt its DC Metro site

Zillow's StreetEasy will halt its DC Metro site | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

StreetEasy is the dominant real estate brand in New York where we provide value to our industry as well as the 1M+ consumers who visit us each month. We have realigned our focus to the New York metro market and therefore have elected to sunset our StreetEasy DC Metro site. The site will no longer be active as of October 11, 2013.

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Big broker group issues ominous-sounding warning to MLSs

Big broker group issues ominous-sounding warning to MLSs | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The head of a group made up dozens of the largest brokerages in the country lobbed something of a ticking bomb into a room of some 500 multiple listing service executives Friday.

 

“You’ve got 10 days,” Craig Cheatham, president and CEO of The Realty Alliance, told the attendees of this week’s Council of Multiple Listing Services (CMLS) conference.

 

Cheatham wouldn’t elaborate, but suggested that CMLS shouldn’t book their next conference too far into the future.

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http://www.therealtyalliance.com/

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MLS Tesseract: Public futility? MLSs should focus on broker needs, not fear government regulation

MLS Tesseract: Public futility? MLSs should focus on broker needs, not fear government regulation | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Regulation of MLSs by the government has to come either from legislation or agency oversight, which itself has to be tracked back to some kind of legislation. There’s no evidence that anyone has seriously considered that with regard to MLSs, and MLSs are not much like the things that have been subject to such regulation.

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September Chicago Real Estate Market Update: Has The Growth Ended?

September Chicago Real Estate Market Update: Has The Growth Ended? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
While it is true that September clocked another impressive month of strong, double digit percentage growth in home sales in Chicago, it is looking more and more like the days are numbered for this kind of real estate market performance.
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