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Mortgage-Bond Yields Surge to Highest Level Since August 2011

Mortgage-Bond Yields Surge to Highest Level Since August 2011 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Yields on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage bonds that guide U.S. home-loan rates extended increases sparked by a potential slowing of the Federal Reserve’s debt purchases.
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5 Top First Aid Apps

5 Top First Aid Apps | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

From extreme weather to cuts and bruises, summertime brings a whole hoard of potential emergency situations. We've rounded up five of the top first aid apps you should have on hand. In case anything turns south, you're better off safe than sorry.

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What's the number for 911?

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Sony Introduces its New Android-Powered SmartWatch 2

Sony Introduces its New Android-Powered SmartWatch 2 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

“Competitors are only now launching first-generation devices, while we are already launching a third-generation device with all the insight gained from over half a million customers combined with Sony’s wealth of technology expertise to create the best ever smart-watch experience,” Stefan K Persson, head of companion products at Sony Mobile Communications, said in a press release announcing the watch.

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But does it work under water?

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10 Free Road Trip Apps for a Smooth Vacation

10 Free Road Trip Apps for a Smooth Vacation | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Out of all the possible summer vacations, road trips have the unique ability to crumble apart as soon as they begin. What you predict will be a long, character-building family trip through the countryside quickly dissolves into a car of hungry, screaming relatives — if you're not careful.

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Bascom Research Files Patent Infringement Suit Against Salesforce.com

Bascom Research Files Patent Infringement Suit Against Salesforce.com | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Lexington Technology Group (LTG), an intellectual property management firm, announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, Bascom Research, expanded its patent enforcement activities by filing a lawsuit against Salesforce.com in the Northern...
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Pink Floyd gets back together to publicly slam Pandora

Pink Floyd gets back together to publicly slam Pandora | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Three members of the legendary rock and roll band Pink Floyd have reunited — to accuse the online music service Pandora in an opinion piece in USA Today of trying to trick artists into signing a letter supporting its effort to get Congress to cut the music royalties it pays for the content it streams.

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Spiking Mortgages Won't Derail Housing: Economist

Spiking Mortgages Won't Derail Housing: Economist | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Even with their recent rise, mortgage rates are still "incredibly low" by historical standards, so they will not halt the housing recovery, Trulia Chief Economist Jed Kolko told CNBC on Tuesday.

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Love all the dueling economists.

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Calif May pending and distressed home sales

Calif May pending and distressed home sales | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The share of equity home sales in California continued to grow in May, making up nearly four of every five home sales.  Meanwhile, sales of REOs fell into the single-digits for the second straight month and registered levels not seen since October 2007, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) reported today.

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Realtors share info on off-MLS listings

Realtors share info on off-MLS listings | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors would like home sellers to be aware that the practice of off-MLS listings can adversely affect their goal of getting the best price reasonably possible for their homes, especially at a time when inventory...
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MRED Stuns Industry with Super-Success of MREDpalooza

MRED Stuns Industry with Super-Success of MREDpalooza | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

 Almost 4,300 expo attendees stormed the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.  Training classes were filled to overflowing with almost 7,400 pre-event registrations and numerous walk-ins.  Everyone came away impressed.

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How Oracle's Cloud Strategy Is Turning Into A Lesson In Humility

How Oracle's Cloud Strategy Is Turning Into A Lesson In Humility | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Oracle_Corporation_HQ (Photo credit: Revolweb) In the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, humility is defined as the quality or condition of being humble; having modest opinion or estimate of one's own importance.  These are qualities not typically found...
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Company Unmasks Anonymous Web Visitors For A Price. Then Shuts Down.

Company Unmasks Anonymous Web Visitors For A Price. Then Shuts Down. | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Imagine you visit a company’s website, do not log in, fill out any forms, volunteer your email address or otherwise identify yourself. After you leave the page, someone calls you to offer the company’s goods or services. Creepy, or clever marketing?

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Jury Duty in the Social Media Era

Jury Duty in the Social Media Era | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Generally, courts around the United States specifically prohibit jurors from conducting their own research using social media. This is based on the longtime legal principal that jurors must rely solely on witness testimony and documents identified by witnesses in the courtroom. That is why jurors are instructed not to go the scene of an accident or study a particular fact, for example.

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“Facebook Reader” Is Real, But It’s Not RSS Or A Google Reader Wannabe

“Facebook Reader” Is Real, But It’s Not RSS Or A Google Reader Wannabe | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Facebook is working on a fresh way to read news, a source tells TechCrunch. It’s not based on RSS, and Facebook isn’t rushing the launch of a product that could compete with Flipboard. That’s because news reading is a high-stakes, long-term project that could get us to invest even more time in the social network.

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10 Best iPhone Car Mounts

10 Best iPhone Car Mounts | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Have a look through our selection of ingenius in-car iPhone holders in the product gallery above. In the comments below, let us know about any other mounts for motorists you like that we may have missed.

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For those of you who just can't control yourselves.

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Sony's 6.4-Inch Xperia Z Ultra Can Be Used Underwater

Sony's 6.4-Inch Xperia Z Ultra Can Be Used Underwater | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The Xperia Z Ultra is 6.5mm thick. making it one of the thinnest smartphones on the market. In contrast, Samsung’s Galaxy Note II has a much smaller 5.5-inch screen, and is much thicker, measuring in at 9.4mm.

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Thank goodness someone has finally filled this niche.  Although with all the rain, maybe this isn't such a farfetched idea afterall.

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Jaguar's First Sports Car in 50 Years Is Stunning

Jaguar's First Sports Car in 50 Years Is Stunning | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Jaguar has introduced its first sports car in 50 years, but age sure looks good on its new F-Type model.
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California REO sales hit lowest level in six years

California REO sales hit lowest level in six years | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
May sales of real estate-owned properties in California fell into the single digits for the second straight month, descending to the lowest level since October 2007, the California Association of Realtors reported.
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LPS’ “First Look” Mortgage Report: May Month-End Data Shows Foreclosure Inventory Declines for 13th Consecutive Month

LPS’ “First Look” Mortgage Report: May Month-End Data Shows Foreclosure Inventory Declines for 13th Consecutive Month | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

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

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Chicago Home Prices Rise 2.7 Percent in April Case-Shiller - Chicago Agent Magazine

Chicago Home Prices Rise 2.7 Percent in April Case-Shiller - Chicago Agent Magazine | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Home prices rose 2.6 and 2.5 percent from March to April in the 10- and 20-City Composites, respectively.


Year-over-year, the situation was even better, with the 10- and 20-City Composites posting 11.6 and 12.1 percent increases.


All 20 cities tracked by S&P saw positive yearly returns, and Detroit was the only city to see prices fall from March to April. 

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Home prices see positive annual gains for fourth month

Home prices see positive annual gains for fourth month | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

According to the S&P/Case-Shiller home prices index, housing is on the rebound, but Zillow's Chief Economist offers clarifying points to the report.


Today’s Case-Shiller numbers may reflect where the housing market has been in some of the frothier metros, but they are not indicative of where it’s headed.

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My index is better than your index.

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Homes.com's Local Market Index and Rebound Reports Show U.S. Housing Market Continuing Steady Recovery

Homes.com's Local Market Index and Rebound Reports Show U.S. Housing Market Continuing Steady Recovery | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Homes.com, a leading online real estate destination and a division of Dominion Enterprises, has released its latest Local Market Index, a price performance summary on repeat sales of properties in the U.S. Utilizing home pricing data for the period ending April 2013, the index showed gains for single-family properties in all top 100 markets for the first time, improving from 96 and 91 markets in the two previous reporting periods.

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Toyota Will Donate One Meal for Each View This Video Gets

Toyota Will Donate One Meal for Each View This Video Gets | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

How many YouTube videos do you think you watch each day? Thanks to Toyota, the next one you view can actually change someone else's day for the better. The car maker is donating up to 1.25 million meals — one for each YouTube view of the video above — to the Food Bank of New York. Since Hurricane Sandy, Toyota has already donated 250,000 meals to communities in the Rockaways that were severely effected by the storm.

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Social Media Boors

Social Media Boors | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

At what point does your social content become narcissism? Social media is a major transformation of interpersonal dynamics. It’s at once personal; professional; marketing; word of mouth; fun; newsy; all that; and a bag of chips. We’ve all seen the infographics. Mobile social networking has created a high velocity version of those age-old affinities between people to share, support and engage. Salvador Dali, The Persistence of Memory (1931)




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How Your Habits Become Productivity-Draining Distractions

How Your Habits Become Productivity-Draining Distractions | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Agonizing over our habits obsessing over our choicesthese are clever distractions. But what's left is the real work.
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