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The Vision For $3.4 Billion Uber Is Much More Than Just A Car Service, And It Could Vastly Improve Our Lives

The Vision For $3.4 Billion Uber Is Much More Than Just A Car Service, And It Could Vastly Improve Our Lives | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Uber is a car service that sends a driver to a user on demand when he or she pings a mobile app. Investors think the business is worth a lot of money — $3.4 billion to be exact. That's up from a $330 million valuation in November 2011.

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Microsoft, Motorola set for second round of trial over patents

Microsoft, Motorola set for second round of trial over patents | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp takes on Google's Motorola Mobility unit this week in the second of two landmark trials between the companies that delve into hot disputes over the patents behind smartphone...
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LPS' July "First Look" Mortgage Report: Delinquency Rate Declines; Foreclosure Inventory Down Nearly 31 Percent Year-Over-Year

LPS' July "First Look" Mortgage Report: Delinquency Rate Declines; Foreclosure Inventory Down Nearly 31 Percent Year-Over-Year | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Lender Processing Services, Inc. (LPS), a leading provider of integrated technology, services, data and analytics to the mortgage and real estate industries, reports the following "first look" at July 2013 month-end mortgage performance statistics derived from its loan-level database representing approximately 70 percent of the overall market.

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Good News, More and more people are Keeping up on their house payments

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Storm water management is a key issue on all levels of government

Storm water management is a key issue on all levels of government | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The general National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) is a permit program that regulates point sources that discharge into waters of the United States. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency issued its finalized General NPDES Permit for storm water discharges from construction site activities on July 30, 2013 (ILR10).

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The Nation's Busiest Residential New Construction Markets

The Nation's Busiest Residential New Construction Markets | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

July was a very strong month for residential new construction. Not only were building permits up 2.7 percent from June to July, but housing starts and housing completions also posted monthly increases of 5.9 and 1.8 percent, respectively. Overall, residential construction is up 23 percent from last year, and has risen 45 percent since bottoming in 2009. 

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NAR-Commercial Real Estate Markets Show Steady, Moderate Growth

NAR-Commercial Real Estate Markets Show Steady, Moderate Growth | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

National vacancy rates over the coming year are forecast to decline 0.2 percentage point in the office market, 0.6 point in industrial, and 0.6 point for retail; however, the average multifamily vacancy rate is unlikely to change, with that sector continuing to experience the tightest availability and biggest rent increases.

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Michigan launches massive blight removal campaign

Michigan launches massive blight removal campaign | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Michigan launched its new residential blight removal campaign to decrease foreclosures and stabilize neighborhoods, using money allocated from the Troubled Asset Relief Program.
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Marketers, These Eye-Popping Stats Will Make You Stop Chasing Youth, Start Courting Boomers

Marketers, These Eye-Popping Stats Will Make You Stop Chasing Youth, Start Courting Boomers | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Baby boomers control 70 of American's disposable income yet only 5 of advertising is geared toward their age group. Why Read on for more compelling...
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Americans spending more money on houses, less money on everything else

Americans spending more money on houses, less money on everything else | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

“If we don’t need it, we don’t buy it,” said Burke, a 33- year-old mother from Abington, Massachusetts, whose two kids are mostly making do with hand-me-downs. “The money can be spent on our home. The more valuable our home is, the better it is for us in the long run.”

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Smoking can affect a home's resale value

Smoking can affect a home's resale value | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
If all the dire warnings about your health haven't motivated you to quit smoking , perhaps a jolt to the real estate pocketbook would do the trick.
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Google’s Street View Ups Its Panda Count, Adds 6 New Zoos

Google’s Street View Ups Its Panda Count, Adds 6 New Zoos | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
For quite a while now, Google has featured Street View imagery from zoos around the world. Today, the company decided to highlight some of these image collections on its new Views site and also added six new zoos to its lineup...
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Zillow August 2013 Home Price Expectations Survey

Zillow August 2013 Home Price Expectations Survey | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

After we released our 2013 Q2 Market Reports, we asked our panel of professional forecasters to provide predictions for housing market growth over the next 5 years. The latest Zillow Home Price Expectations Survey (ZHPES) was released on Aug. 8. The prediction for appreciation in 2013 is an average of 6.7 percent year-over-year — a significant jump from the 5.4 percent annual increase predicted the last time the survey was conducted. 

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These Stunning Paintings Are Made From Coal Mine Sludge

These Stunning Paintings Are Made From Coal Mine Sludge | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The toxic acidic runoff from mines operating in the 1970s is still a problem. An Ohio engineer and an artist have joined together to clean up the...
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The dark side of downtown's apartment boom

The dark side of downtown's apartment boom | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Landlords have known for a while that more than 5,300 apartments will be added downtown in 2013 and 2014. Now a new report is predicting another 3,000 rental units — or more — in 2015.
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Private Lobbyists Get Public Pensions in 20 States

Private Lobbyists Get Public Pensions in 20 States | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

As a lobbyist in New York's statehouse, Stephen Acquario is doing pretty well. He pulls down $204,000 a year, more than the governor makes, gets a Ford Explorer as his company car and is afforded another special perk:

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Onboard Informatics offers discounts to select startups

Onboard Informatics offers discounts to select startups | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Onboard Informatics, a provider of location-based information to real estate firms like Century 21 Real Estate and Redfin, has launched a program to provide discounts and free consulting to select startups who could use the firm’s data to grow their business. 

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Coldwell Banker Previews Takes Over Sales At The Ritz-Carlton Residences

Coldwell Banker Previews Takes Over Sales At The Ritz-Carlton Residences | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Just last month, Craig Hogan, director of Coldwell Banker Previews, signed a contract with Prism Development, the developer of the Ritz-Carlton Residences, for Coldwell Banker Previews to be the property’s exclusive listing broker. Although the condo development had been exclusively sold by a previous brokerage since its groundbreaking in 2009, Prism Development was ready to make a change...

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For Belgravia, It's The Right Time To Expand

For Belgravia, It's The Right Time To Expand | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

In the words of founder Buzz Ruttenberg, asking himself a simple question – “what is the right thing to do?” – has led his company, residential developer Belgravia Group, to a legacy of success, quality construction and lasting customer satisfaction. And in the company’s latest venture, Ruttenberg believes it is the right thing to expand Belgravia’s services beyond the homes they build to the larger Chicago market. 

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Ohio puts $60 million to improve blighted properties

Ohio puts $60 million to improve blighted properties | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Ohio is making an effort to improve its housing market and is using $60 million of its Hardest Hit Funds to tear down blighted properties.
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National Mortgage Settlement Totals Around $51.33 Billion In Consumer Relief

National Mortgage Settlement Totals Around $51.33 Billion In Consumer Relief | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Over the past year, we have seen the amount of relief and number of borrowers it helped steadily increase. As the banks begin to reach their total consumer relief obligations, I am encouraged to see how the Settlement has had a measurable impact on hundreds of thousands of borrowers and their communities across the nation.

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to step down within a year

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to step down within a year | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The news comes after months of rumbling on Wall Street that Microsoft stock, under Ballmer, has underperformed. Earlier this week Nomura Securities analyst Rick Sherlund pretty much predicted that the specter of activisim sparked by ValueAct could force major changes at the top.

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Why Redfin, Zillow, and Trulia Haven't Killed Off Real Estate Brokers

Why Redfin, Zillow, and Trulia Haven't Killed Off Real Estate Brokers | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Over the last decade, the Internet has seeped into that bedrock of the U.S. economy: the housing market. A group of growing and mostly profitable websites have sprung up to help guide consumers through what in many cases will be the largest and most nerve-wracking transaction of their lives. Four sites—Redfin and Zillow (Z), based in Seattle, and Trulia (TRLA) and Realtor.com, based in the San Francisco Bay Area—attract 61 million of the 67 million visitors to real estate websites each month in the U.S.,

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In spite of Redfin actually BEING a broker.

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Realogy : Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC Launches New "Life, Camera, Action" YouTube Contest with $25,000 Grand Prize

Realogy : Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC Launches New "Life, Camera, Action" YouTube Contest with $25,000 Grand Prize | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Today, Coldwell Banker Real Estate launched its first“Life, Camera, Action” YouTube Contest, which highlights the “value of a home” through the eyes of children and/or their pets. Running through Sept. 22, the contest will require participants to submit a user-generated video that features a 2- to 3-minute tour of a home for the chance to win a $25,000 grand prize.

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5 Inspection Problems Buyers Shouldn’t Ignore

5 Inspection Problems Buyers Shouldn’t Ignore | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Home buyers need to be extra vigilant about inspections in the early stages of a purchase because if problems are discovered too late in the process, it can "dash home owners' dreams and budgets," writes Yahoo! Finance in a recent article.

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U.S. Jobless Claims Fell to Five-Year Low Over Past Month

U.S. Jobless Claims Fell to Five-Year Low Over Past Month | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The number of claims in the month ended Aug. 17 declined to 330,500 a week on average, the least since November 2007, a Labor Department report showed today in Washington. 

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