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Real Estate Searches Up 253%

Real Estate Searches Up 253% | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Real estate-related searches on Google.com have grown 253 percent over the past four years, according to a joint study from the National Association of REALTORS® and Google.

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Possible Change to LEED Rating System Proves Controversial

Possible Change to LEED Rating System Proves Controversial | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Possible changes to the LEED rating system have been me with resistance and controversy from manufacturers.
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Trulia deletes unauthorized Chicago rental ads, blocked accounts

Trulia deletes unauthorized Chicago rental ads, blocked accounts | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
We’ve previously criticized Trulia for what we deemed a misleading description of contacts in its rental ads, so it’s only appropriate that we compliment Trulia on something that it’s done well – and done far better than expected.
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U.S. added 155,000 jobs in December

U.S. added 155,000 jobs in December | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The U.S. economy added 155,000 jobs in December but the unemployment rate remained stuck at 7.8%.
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U.S. Consumer Spending in December Highest in Four Years

U.S. Consumer Spending in December Highest in Four Years | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Americans' self-reported daily spending was $83 per day in December, up from $73 in November and the highest monthly average Gallup has reported since December 2008. Spending was up among higher- and lower-income Americans.
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ADP report shows gain of 215,000 jobs

ADP report shows gain of 215,000 jobs | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The U.S. economy added 215,000 private sector jobs in December, according to the monthly report from payroll processor ADP. The gains easily beat analyst expectations for a bump of140,000 jobs.

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Heads up: Servicers face HUD's new HOA servicing rules

Heads up: Servicers face HUD's new HOA servicing rules | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A HUD rule on the servicing of loans tied to HOAs passed last summer and was extended twice. It's now officially in effect and could result in financial penalties for servicers who fail to deal with HOAs properly during foreclosure proceedings.
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Trulia: Las Vegas and Seattle lead housing turnaround

Trulia: Las Vegas and Seattle lead housing turnaround | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Asking home prices increased 5.1% in December year-over-year, drastically improving from December 2011 when they were down 4.3% from the year before.
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Behold The Safest Bike On The Road

Behold The Safest Bike On The Road | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Biking is great for your health. Unless you get hit by a car. And unfortunately, there are lots of cars and biking remains less than completely safe.
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Staged Homes For Sale In Denver Targeted By Thieves

Staged Homes For Sale In Denver Targeted By Thieves | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Police in Denver are investigating a series of thefts from homes for sale that have been staged. They are looking for suspects in the thefts.
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Another argument for virtual staging?

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Warren Buffett Just Bought The Largest Solar Energy Project In The World

Warren Buffett Just Bought The Largest Solar Energy Project In The World | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

MidAmerican Energy Holdings, the electric utility owned by Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathway group, announced today it had acquired a 579-megawatt solar development in Southern California.

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Zillow purges illegal Chicago rental service ads

Zillow purges illegal Chicago rental service ads | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
We can find many things to criticize about Zillow Rentals, and we’ve already focused on one of them – misleading descriptions of who renters are contacting in response to an ad. We’ll post some additional criticisms in the coming days.
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Baird & Warner Donates $50,000 to Chicago Food Pantries, Local Charities in December

Baird & Warner Donates $50,000 to Chicago Food Pantries, Local Charities in December | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The Baird & Warner Good Will Network has donated $50,000 to local charities this month, providing aid to non-profit organizations that assist Chicagoland residents. Of the total $50,000 donation, $25,000 was given to the joint effort between the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the Northern Illinois Food Bank, $10,000 was given to both the CARA Program and La Casa Norte and $5,000 was given to Genesis Hous

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West Loop Condo Inventory Down Substantially from 2008

West Loop Condo Inventory Down Substantially from 2008 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Condo inventory in the West Loop is down substantially from 2008, plummeting from 973 units to just 46.
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Hitting Single-Family Rental's Sweet Spot in Chicago

Hitting Single-Family Rental's Sweet Spot in Chicago | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

As 2012 was coming to a close, American Residential Properties (ARP), a Scottsdale, Ariz.–based REIT, paid $28 million to acquire 196 single-family investment properties in Chicagoland

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Generation Y values amenities over square footage

Generation Y values amenities over square footage | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Generation Y, those of us between the ages of 20 to 34, are playing a large role in the multifamily market and reshaping how it will look moving forward.
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RE/MAX of Texas becomes company owned

RE/MAX of Texas becomes company owned | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
After more than 30 years, RE/MAX of Texas owners Richard and Jeanne Filip agreed to transfer ownership to RE/MAX of Denver.
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Facebook Rules the World and Here’s the Map to Prove It

Facebook Rules the World and Here’s the Map to Prove It | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A couple of times a year, Vincenzo Cosenza prepares a new World Map of Social Networks. Before perusing the maps, I would have said, what's
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FHFA: GSEs prevented 2.5 million foreclosures

FHFA: GSEs prevented 2.5 million foreclosures | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
About 1.3 million of the 2.5 million loans saved by GSEs over the last four years benefited from permanent loan modifications, the Federal Housing Finance Agency said.
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National foreclosure inventory falls 18% from last year

National foreclosure inventory falls 18% from last year | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
When looking at foreclosures as a percentage of all homes in a state, Florida (10.4%); New Jersey (7.3%); New York (5.1%); Nevada (4.7%) and Illinois (4.7%) had the highest foreclosure inventory levels.  What those states share in common is the...
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Mortgage applications plummet in final two weeks of 2012

Mortgage applications plummet in final two weeks of 2012 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Refinancing applications alone fell 23.3%, or back to April levels, when compared to the week ending Dec. 14.
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Making Lego Into Art: Nathan Sawaya’s Impossible Brick Sculptures

Making Lego Into Art: Nathan Sawaya’s Impossible Brick Sculptures | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The centerpiece of Nathan Sawaya’s whimsical collection of Lego sculptures is Yellow--a so-hued torso of a man tearing open his chest to unleash a cascade of plastic bricks.It’s a kind of self-portrait by an artist at one with his medium; it’s...
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Al-Jazeera America: Mideast Channel Buys Current TV

Al-Jazeera America: Mideast Channel Buys Current TV | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Qatar-based cable news channel Al-Jazeera will soon have a foothold in about 50 million U.S. households after closing a deal to buy Current TV. "Al [Gore] and I are thrilled and...
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Realty Executives International Ranked by Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2013 Franchise 500® List

Realty Executives International Ranked by Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2013 Franchise 500® List | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Realty Executives International has announced that it has once again been named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500® list for 2013. The company ranked at number 276 worldwide for 2013 amongst heavyweight franchise peers in dozens of industries.

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This Map Shows Where Everyone Is Moving To And From In America

This Map Shows Where Everyone Is Moving To And From In America | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Washington DC led the country in net inward migration for the 7th-consecutive year, according to Atlas Vans' annual U.S. and Canada moving trends map (via Catherine Rampell). Meanwhile, New York, New Jersey and most Midwest states continue to underperform.

 

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