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The map that shows where America came from: Fascinating illustration shows the ancestry of EVERY county in the US

The map that shows where America came from: Fascinating illustration shows the ancestry of EVERY county in the US | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
For decades, Lady Liberty, mother of exiles, stood watch as millions of immigrants arrived in the U.S. in hope of a better life.
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IOS 7 Is Reportedly Making People Sick

IOS 7 Is Reportedly Making People Sick | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Maybe Apple should bundle some air sickness bags with every iOS device sold.A thread on Apple's support forums has users loudly complaining that the animation effects in the new OS are making them sick--like physically, I'm-going-to-puke sick.

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Trulia: U.S. Housing Market Now 67% Back To Normal

Trulia: U.S. Housing Market Now 67% Back To Normal | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Trulia’s Chief Economist Jed Kolko reveals that latest findings from Trulia's Housing Barometer. The recovery is now two-thirds of the way back to normal.
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Boston University sues dozens more tech firms for violating 1997 patent

Boston University sues dozens more tech firms for violating 1997 patent | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Boston University claims that Microsoft, BlackBerry and many other technology companies are violating the same patent it used to sue Apple earlier this summer.
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Watch this: Stephen Colbert attacks YouTube for filtering comments

Watch this: Stephen Colbert attacks YouTube for filtering comments | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Stephen Colbert thinks that YouTube comments are the freest form of speech, and he urged his viewers to challenge YouTube’s new comment filters.
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Fixed mortgage rates fall to a nine-week low

Fixed mortgage rates fall to a nine-week low | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Fixed mortgage rates declined to a nine-week low this past week, following the Fed's announcement that it will maintain its bond-buying program to keep homebuyer affordability elevated.
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Help For Facebook Regret: Web, Android App Now Allows Editing For Live Posts

Help For Facebook Regret: Web, Android App Now Allows Editing For Live Posts | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Finally—after a summer of testing, Facebook has decided to officially support the editing of posts after they've been published.
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Say anything and retract it in the morning

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Network Solutions Acquisition by Web.com Completed

Network Solutions Acquisition by Web.com Completed | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

We are happy to announce the successful completion of the acquisition of Network Solutions by Web.com. This change will positively benefit Network Solutions & Web.com customers given the increased capabilities and assets of the combined company.

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HUD postpones ban on dual agency in FHA short sales

HUD postpones ban on dual agency in FHA short sales | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

In what appears to be a coup for the National Association of Realtors, a policy originally slated to take effect on Oct. 1 banning real estate agents and brokers from representing both a buyer and a seller in an FHA short-sale transaction has been postponed. 

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iOS 7 and real estate's future

iOS 7 and real estate's future | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
iPhone users have had their hands on Apple’s new iOS 7 operating system for a little under a week now. There’s lots to like. But this isn’t a post praising its new flatter design or rainbow color p...
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EBay’s PayPal Acquires Payments Gateway Braintree For $800M In Cash

EBay’s PayPal Acquires Payments Gateway Braintree For $800M In Cash | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Ebay's PayPal has acquired Chicago-based payments gateway Braintree, in an all-cash deal worth $800 million. We had originally reported that Braintree was on the block, with Square and PayPal both in acquisition talks for the company...
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Nest Labs To Open Up Its Learning Thermostat To Developers

Nest Labs To Open Up Its Learning Thermostat To Developers | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The Nest Learning Thermostat is about to get a little smarter (and perhaps the forthcoming Protect). Speaking at CEDIA Expo 2013, Tony Fadell, the company’s co-founder and CEO, just detailed an API that’s aimed at developers looking to integrate the Learning Thermostat within their ecosystem. Want one app to control your smart lighting, fan, security system and climate control?

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These Photos Of Tiny, Futuristic Japanese Apartments Show How Micro Micro-Apartments Can Be

These Photos Of Tiny, Futuristic Japanese Apartments Show How Micro Micro-Apartments Can Be | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Tiny city dwellings might be in vogue today. But in Japan people have been living in the Nakagin Capsule Tower's 100-square-foot housing for decades.
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Risk of mortgage application fraud rises 10% in Iowa

Risk of mortgage application fraud rises 10% in Iowa | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

he risk of mortgage application fraud nationally fell 5.6 percent year over year in the second quarter, but rose 10 percent in Iowa during the same period.

 

Among the states, Ohio saw its mortgage application fraud risk rise the most (30.1 percent), followed by Hawaii (19.6 percent). Iowa had the 8th-highest increase in mortgage application fraud risk.

 

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Mayday! Mayday! Kindle’s New Customer Service Button Leaves All Other Tablets in the Dust

Mayday! Mayday! Kindle’s New Customer Service Button Leaves All Other Tablets in the Dust | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The folks at Amazon understand my pain, so they created a brand new Kindle Fire HDX that solves all of those user problems with one button. It’s called Mayday.

 

Press the button and a LIVE Amazon expert appears. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. And it’s free. But it gets better. The expert can take control of your tablet, draw on your screen, show you how to do what you need to do or do it for you.

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MLB using Apple’s iBeacons to create interactive stadium experiences

MLB using Apple’s iBeacons to create interactive stadium experiences | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The MLB is planning to use the new iBeacon indoor mapping technology in Apple’s iOS 7 to customize its At the Ballpark app, making it an interactive experience at stadiums nationwide.
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Attacking the Fed on no-taper is just plain wrong

Attacking the Fed on no-taper is just plain wrong | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Critics are bashing QE's continuation, but the signs show the Fed may be right. The economic numbers do not support tapering.
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Now You Can Ask Google Search To Compare, Filter And Play

Now You Can Ask Google Search To Compare, Filter And Play | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Google's Knowledge Graph has been improved to provide better answers to more complex questions that don't have a simple answer. For starters, it will automatically provide a side-by-side comparison when presented with searches such as "butter vs. olive oil," producing an outline in card form that lines up whichever features Google deems most relevant—in this case, calorie and cholesterol counts.

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Short Sales and REOs Combine for 25 Percent of August U.S. Home Sales

Short Sales and REOs Combine for 25 Percent of August U.S. Home Sales | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

RealtyTrac released its August 2013 U.S. Residential & Foreclosure Sales Report, which shows that U.S. residential properties, including single family homes and condominiums and townhomes, sold at an estimated annualized pace of 5.6 million in August, up two percent from the 5.5 million pace in July and up 12 percent from the 5.0 million pace in August 2012.

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Housing Perspectives: How Helpful is the Price-to-Income Ratio in Flagging Bubbles?

Housing Perspectives: How Helpful is the Price-to-Income Ratio in Flagging Bubbles? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

With the continued growth of house prices across the country, talk of a housing bubble is beginning to reappear in the headlines. House price-to-income ratios are often used to indicate a bubble, as prices have historically had a relatively stable relationship with incomes (both mean and median).  

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Pending Home Sales Decline in August

Pending Home Sales Decline in August | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Pending home sales slowed in August, with tight inventory conditions, higher interest rates, rising home prices and continuing restrictive mortgage credit impacting the market, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

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Not at MRED - 7 months in a row with an increase

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dave_hanna's comment, September 27, 2013 9:43 AM
Where are we with prices, August 2012 vs August 2013? median? Median? Average?
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Report: Nest will make a smoke detector

Report: Nest will make a smoke detector | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

After rethinking the thermostat, connected home goods company Nest will be tackling another essential home appliance: the smoke detector. Former Wall Street Journaltechnology reporter Jessica Lessin broke the news today on her website, and speculated that it could be part of a subscription service for the company.

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Google Hangouts And Google Talk Bug Resulting In Messages Going Out To The Wrong Recipients

Google Hangouts And Google Talk Bug Resulting In Messages Going Out To The Wrong Recipients | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A number of sources, including tipsters reporting directly to TechCrunch, as well as Google support forum posters and individuals on Twitter are reporting that Google's Hangouts service is having some trouble routing instant messages correctly.
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Zillow Sept. 2013 Credit Availability Study

Zillow Sept. 2013 Credit Availability Study | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

In 2010, Zillow used its unique access to mortgage data through Zillow Mortgage Marketplace to gain insights on credit availability. Now, 3 years later, we’re taking another look at how mortgage interest rates change with loan-to-value (LTV) ratios and credit score.  Since we last ran this analysis mortgage rates continued to drop to all-time lows, hitting bottom at 3.24% for 30-year fixed mortgages in December 2012.  They have since risen to surpass rates we saw when we ran this analysis in September 2010.

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