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The True Power Of Brand

The True Power Of Brand | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
"Brand" as a concept is misunderstood, underappreciated, and very often underutilized.When brand comes up in a meeting, it often means different things to different people, and many executives speak the language of brand the way some of us speak...
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CFPB: New rules announced for mortgage loans

CFPB: New rules announced for mortgage loans | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has released highlights of new guidelines regarding qualified mortgages and ability-to-repay rules. The rule will take effect in January  2014.

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Middlemen cut out by internet in most industries, but not real estate

Middlemen cut out by internet in most industries, but not real estate | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The internet has ushered in the era of dying middlemen, yet the web has given rise to even more middlemen in real estate as startups continue to attempt commoditizing listings.

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A Two-Wheeled Electric Vehicle To Zip Through City Streets

A Two-Wheeled Electric Vehicle To Zip Through City Streets | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
When was the last time you saw a two-wheeled electric car on the road?
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3 Myths About Self-Promotion

3 Myths About Self-Promotion | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Do you maintain beliefs that are hindering your ability to create a strong and personal brand? You're not alone. Many people hold onto the following misguided beliefs:1. Doing great work equals having a great reputation.2.
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CHART: How Rent Became More Expensive Than Mortgage Payments

CHART: How Rent Became More Expensive Than Mortgage Payments | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

In a slide titled "The After Math Of The Housing Bubble," JP Morgan Funds's David Kelly offers a chart of monthly rent versus monthly mortgage payments to capture an imbalance in the housing market

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HomeGain Releases 4th Quarter 2012 California Home Values Survey Results

HomeGain Releases 4th Quarter 2012 California Home Values Survey Results | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Seventy-seven percent of California real estate professionals expect home prices to increase in the coming six months, compared to 40 perce
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CEO's Guide to Inter Partes Review | Patents Post Grant Blog

CEO's Guide to Inter Partes Review | Patents Post Grant Blog | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Business executives routinely wrestle with whether to defend a patent infringement suit in court, settle the dispute for less than the cost/risk of defending it (especially in the case of patent “troll” suits), or seek the help of the USPTO to address the problem patent via a post grant patent proceeding.

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IRS begins accepting DocuSign on 25 million annual forms

IRS begins accepting DocuSign on 25 million annual forms | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A deal with DocuSign means that anyone filing a request for income verification -- meaning most people applying for a mortgage -- can sign electronically. Read this post by Daniel Terdiman on CES 2013: Software and Apps.
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Luxury home sales soared in final months of 2012

Luxury home sales soared in final months of 2012 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Sales of luxury homes spiked in the final months of 2012 as high-end homeowners rushed to take advantage of lower tax rates before January 1.
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From NASA’s Archives, 50 Amazing Photos Of The Apollo Moon Missions

From NASA’s Archives, 50 Amazing Photos Of The Apollo Moon Missions | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In May of 1961, President John F. Kennedy made a promise to put a man on the Moon--and return him back safely--by the end of the decade. Somehow, it worked.Over 50 years later, it’s easy to forget how ambitious Kennedy’s promise was.
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4506-T electronic signatures begin

4506-T electronic signatures begin | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Five days after President Obama signed the fiscal bill electronically, the IRS will begin accepting electronic signatures on the common mortgage origination document, Form 4506-T.
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Average New Home Owner Expenditures

Average New Home Owner Expenditures | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The question regarding new home owner expenditures crops up somewhat frequently here in the NAR Library. The NAR,  NAHB, and BLS include some useful statistics to answer questions in this arena.

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Could New Tighter Mortgage Rules Actually Ease Lending?

Could New Tighter Mortgage Rules Actually Ease Lending? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau unveiled new home-lending standards Thursday that will define how future mortgages are originated, determining what types of loans can be offered by banks and to whom.
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NAHB's Improving Markets Index Swells to 242, Chicago Added

NAHB's Improving Markets Index Swells to 242, Chicago Added | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Improving Markets Index from the NAHB, which started out with just 12 cities, now features 242, with Chicago being among the newest additions.
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Mortgage applications rise 11.7%

Mortgage applications rise 11.7% | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The average contract interest rate for the 30-year, FRM with a conforming loan balance increased to 3.61% from 3.52%, while the average 30-year FRM with a jumbo balance edged up to 3.78% from 3.75%.
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How To Build An Internal Social Network That Your Company Loves

How To Build An Internal Social Network That Your Company Loves | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
When Shane Atchison took the job of CEO at Possible Worldwide in April, he needed a way to get in sync with 1,100 people across 32 offices.
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Meditating Your Way To More Effective Leadership

Meditating Your Way To More Effective Leadership | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
We all know what human agility looks like. Attend any performance of Cirque du Soleil or the New York City Ballet and we can witness remarkable performers executing flawlessly: muscular, refined, and utterly disciplined.
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Clean bathrooms

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The facilities at DisneyWorld are clean. It's not a profit center, of course. They don't make them clean because they're going to charge you to use them. They make them clean because if they didn't, you'd have a reason not...
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NAR Research: Housing Affordability Index to Set Annual Record for 2012

NAR Research: Housing Affordability Index to Set Annual Record for 2012 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
With 11 months of data reported, 2012 will clearly go down as a record year for favorable housing affordability conditions, and a great year for buyers who could get a mortgage, according to the National Association of Realtors®.
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How To Retire Overseas Part-Time

How To Retire Overseas Part-Time | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
You don't have to sell everything you own, say goodbye to everyone you've ever known, and take off for a new life in some distant and exotic place, never to be heard from again. That's not the only way to realize the benefits of retiring overseas.
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Downtown office vacancy up for first time since 2010

Downtown office vacancy up for first time since 2010 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The overall vacancy rate ticked up to 14.9 percent in the fourth quarter, from 14.8 percent in the previous two quarters, according to statistics from Los Angeles-based CBRE Inc.

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How Marketing Will Change In 2013: The Strategic Forecast

How Marketing Will Change In 2013: The Strategic Forecast | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In Part One of our 2013 marketing forecast, we asked a number of high-level creative types for their educated predictions on how their jobs and the marketing landscape would change in 2013.Now, we’re passing the mic to the strategists.
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Apple, RIM Along With Other Companies Hit With Patent Infringement Lawsuit

Apple, RIM Along With Other Companies Hit With Patent Infringement Lawsuit | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Just when you thought the lawsuits were over, it looks like Apple, RIM, Motorola and a bunch of other companies including US telcos have been hit with a massive lawsuit, and surprise, surprise, it looks like they are being sued [...]...
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OCC reaches $8.5 billion foreclosure review deal with 10 servicers

OCC reaches $8.5 billion foreclosure review deal with 10 servicers | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The deal, announced by the Office of the Comptroller of Currency and Federal Reserve, effectively replaces the prolonged independent foreclosure review process with a one-time settlement to compensate impacted homeowners.
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