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2012 Agents' Choice Awards - Chicago Agent Magazine

2012 Agents' Choice Awards - Chicago Agent Magazine | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The entire real estate industry voted for peers and colleagues for our seventh annual Agents’ Choice Awards, and the winners are all on the following pages. The top three vote-getters were the official nominees for each category, but there was one clear winner, most deserving of each award.

 

Congrats to all - severe lack of an MLS category. :-)

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Manny Flores appointed to lead IDFPR

Manny Flores appointed to lead IDFPR | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Gov. Pat Quinn has appointed Manuel (Manny) Flores to serve as Secretary of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). Flores most recently served as director for the Division of Banking at IDFPR.

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Restoration Hardware nails IPO at $24 a share | HousingWire

Restoration Hardware nails IPO at $24 a share | HousingWire | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Restoration Hardware Holdings priced its IPO at the high end of $24 a share, showing an excellent sense of timing.
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LPS' Randy Gillis to Lead MISMO's New Strategic Planning Committee

LPS' Randy Gillis to Lead MISMO's New Strategic Planning Committee | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

MISMO, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Mortgage Bankers Association, is the leading standards development body for the residential and commercial real estate finance industries.

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40% of Consumers Enjoy Getting Marketing Emails From Their Preferred Brands | ClickZ

40% of Consumers Enjoy Getting Marketing Emails From Their Preferred Brands | ClickZ | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
According to a study by Blue Kangaroo, as much as 35 percent of consumers said they are...
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FHFA: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac getting smaller | HousingWire

FHFA: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac getting smaller | HousingWire | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In its 2012 Annual Housing Report, the Federal Housing Finance Agency suggested that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac might be decreasing their business.
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U.S. Unadjusted Unemployment Down to 7.0% in October

U.S. Unadjusted Unemployment Down to 7.0% in October | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
U.S. unemployment, as measured by Gallup without seasonal adjustment, fell to 7.0% for the month of October, down significantly from 7.9% in September. Seasonally adjusted unemployment is 7.4%, improved more than a half a point.
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Construction Spending in U.S. Climbs to Highest Level Since 2009

Construction Spending in U.S. Climbs to Highest Level Since 2009 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Construction spending climbed in September to the highest level in almost three years, led by a rebound in homebuilding that is rippling through the U.S. economy.
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Private Sector Jobs Rise; Claims Fall, Production Up

Private Sector Jobs Rise; Claims Fall, Production Up | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The private sector created a better-than-expected 158,000 jobs in October, while jobless claims edged lower and productivity rose about as much as expected.
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Listingbook now managing leads for brokers | Inman News

Listingbook now managing leads for brokers | Inman News | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Listingbook LLC announced the release today of its Broker Lead Incubation Service (BLIS), a tool for brokers that manages their "cold" leads, cultivates them and then hands them over when they're close to being transaction-ready.

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C.A.R. (Calif) announces 2012 Annual Housing Market Survey results

C.A.R. (Calif)  announces 2012 Annual Housing Market Survey results | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
C.A.R.survey finds multiple offers and aggressive bidding create competitive housing market in 2012. ...
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Construction spending up 0.6% in September | HousingWire

Construction spending up 0.6% in September | HousingWire | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Construction spending is up 0.6% for September, with private construction boosting its spending. The improvement in spending reflects the continued recovery process in the housing market.
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FHFA and CFPB team up to create national mortgage database | HousingWire

FHFA and CFPB team up to create national mortgage database | HousingWire | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The two agencies are calling it "the first comprehensive repository of detailed mortgage loan information," in order to support policymaking and regulatory research.
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Zillow buys Mortech | HousingWire

Zillow buys Mortech | HousingWire | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Online real estate marketplace Zillow revealed plans to acquire Mortech, a mortgage technology company that offers essential software tools to the mortgage industry.
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The economy created 171,000 jobs in October, while the unemployment rate rose to 7.9%, from 7.8%

The economy created 171,000 jobs in October, while the unemployment rate rose to 7.9%, from 7.8% | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

How can this be? The household survey measure still showed employment increasing by 410,000. However, the labor force increased by an even bigger 578,000.

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The Real Reason Why We Need New Privacy Rights

The Real Reason Why We Need New Privacy Rights | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Thanks to the real state website Zillow, it's now super easy to profit from your neighbor’s suffering.
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New short-sale guidelines expected to unclog bad mortgage backlog | HousingWire

New short-sale guidelines expected to unclog bad mortgage backlog | HousingWire | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The guideline’s impact on mortgage servicers so far are seen as positive, given that the program seeks to avoid foreclosures and is helpful to borrowers, servicers and the housing market, said senior executive Ghazale Johnston of Accenture Credit...
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Make a Donation to the REALTORS® Relief Foundation - Assist Victims of Sandy

Make a Donation to the REALTORS® Relief Foundation - Assist Victims of Sandy | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The RRF welcomes contributions—not only in times of disaster, but at any time throughout the year, and 100% of all funds collected go to disaster relief causes.

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Poll Reveals Palpable Optimism Within Construction and Design Sectors

Poll Reveals Palpable Optimism Within Construction and Design Sectors | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

A recent poll of nearly 3,000 builders, architects, remodelers, and building product distributors found that about 3 in 10 expect a strong economy by the end of next year, and more than half believe the economy will be vastly improved by 2015.

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Home vacancy rate falls to pre-housing bubble levels

Home vacancy rate falls to pre-housing bubble levels | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The home vacancy rate, which measures empty properties and those for sale, fell to the lowest level in seven years in the third quarter as demand for housing picked up and economic...
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Realogy Loss Widens as Expenses Wipe Out Revenue Increase

Realogy Loss Widens as Expenses Wipe Out Revenue Increase | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Realogy Holdings Corp., owner of brokerage brands Coldwell Banker and Century 21, reported a wider third-quarter loss as expenses overshadowed sales gains.
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RPR a drain on NAR finances | Inman News

RPR a drain on NAR finances | Inman News | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

A national property database built by a subsidiary of the National Association of Realtors that was originally envisioned as becoming self-sustaining by 2012 has cost NAR nearly $58 million to date, and the trade group is now spending more than $18 million a year to sustain the effort.

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Freddie Mac holds 11% of delinquent mortgages | HousingWire

Freddie Mac holds 11% of delinquent mortgages | HousingWire | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Freddie Mac holds only a small percentage of the nation's seriously delinquent loans, contributing only 11%.
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AMBER Alerts for missing children now in Google Search and Maps

AMBER Alerts for missing children now in Google Search and Maps | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Today we are launching AMBER Alerts coordinated by National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in the Google Public Alerts platform. Public Alerts are designed to bring you emergency alerts when and where they’re relevant to you, and AMBER Alerts aim to help bring abducted children home safely.

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