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U.S. Homeowners' Reasons for Owning More Than Financial

U.S. Homeowners' Reasons for Owning More Than Financial | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
While U.S. homeowners are most likely to say they bought for the investment benefit, with 16% saying so, nearly as many say it was just because they "believe in owning." Affordability is the main issue keeping renters from buying.
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A conversation with John Lawrence, Oak Park's Realtor of the Year

A conversation with John Lawrence, Oak Park's Realtor of the Year | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

When first meeting John Lawrence, the 2012 Realtor of the Year, it's easy to see how and why the broker/owner of Oak Park-based Weichert Realtors – Nickel Group was selected by the Oak Park Area Association of Realtors (OPAAR) to receive this top industry honor.

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Survey: Young Adults Putting Mortgages Before Marriages

Survey: Young Adults Putting Mortgages Before Marriages | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Is a home the new engagement ring? A new national survey shows more and more young couples are putting mortgages before wedding bands these days.
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Americans' Optimism About Home Prices Surges This Year

Americans' Optimism About Home Prices Surges This Year | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Fifty-one percent of Americans expect home prices to increase in their area, up from 33% last year and above 50% for the first time since 2007. Also, 63% say their home is worth more than when they bought it, up from 53% in 2012.
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Who owns Cook County's biggest homes?

Who owns Cook County's biggest homes? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Seven of the county's 10 largest are in northwest suburbs including Barrington, Barrington Hills and Inverness, according to the assessor. See a photo gallery.
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How Much is Too Much in Royalties for Patent Infringement?

How Much is Too Much in Royalties for Patent Infringement? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The stakes in technology related patent litigation have never been higher. It seems that every week another big name tech company is being sued for hundreds of
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Survey Suggests Smoking in Home Chips Away at its Value

Survey Suggests Smoking in Home Chips Away at its Value | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A new survey suggests that home owners who smoke in their home may reduce the home’s value by up to 29 percent at resale.
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RPR - Introducing New Beta Sales Comparison Analysis for Appraisers

RPR - Introducing New Beta Sales Comparison Analysis for Appraisers | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
RPR has released version 1.22 of the RPR application; delivering beta functionality for the Sales Comparison Analysis for Appraisers.
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@properties Hires Natasha O’Connor As Vice President of Brokerage Services In Glenview

@properties Hires Natasha O’Connor As Vice President of Brokerage Services In Glenview | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Chicago-based real estate company @properties announced that it has hired Natasha O’Connor as vice president of brokerage services.
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Stunning Shadow Act on 'Britain's Got Talent' Will Move You to Tears [VIDEO]

Stunning Shadow Act on 'Britain's Got Talent' Will Move You to Tears [VIDEO] | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Upon the return of Britain's Got Talent Saturday night, viewers enjoyed praiseworthy performances from the usual suspects — that is, singers and dancers — but the show's most impressive act was one in which audience members could neither see nor hear the performers.

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This is fanatastic - just entertaining.

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Calculated Risk: Housing Starts increase to 1.036 million SAAR in March

Calculated Risk: Housing Starts increase to 1.036 million SAAR in March | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Privately-owned housing starts in March were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,036,000. This is 7.0 percent above the revised February estimate of 968,000 and is 46.7 percent above the March 2012 rate of 706,000.

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Competition watchdog loses online-listing case against Toronto Real Estate Board

Competition watchdog loses online-listing case against Toronto Real Estate Board | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

It was a high-profile war of words between Ottawa’s former competition watchdog and the country’s biggest real estate board — and it ended with a whimper rather than the potentially damaging ruling that many realtors had feared.

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Citigroup earnings rise 31%

Citigroup earnings rise 31% | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Citigroup income improvement is attributed to revenue growth and lower credit losses overall. Not to mention, a decline in the company’s needed loss reserves to cover bad loans.
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New rules of house flipping for investors, homebuyers

New rules of house flipping for investors, homebuyers | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

When the housing market went bust, house flippers went into hibernation. Now, as the recovery creeps along, bargain-hunters are once again looking for homes to fix up and resell for a quick profit.

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That Amazing Chicagoland Real Estate Market

That Amazing Chicagoland Real Estate Market | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

What does it mean? That is the question as the latest marketplace metrics were released by Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED), Chicagoland's multiple listing service (MLS).  While it is generally understood that the real estate market has been very positive for months, certain numbers from March, 2013, are eyebrow-raising to say the least.

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Are "E-Mortgages" Coming Soon for FHA?

Are "E-Mortgages" Coming Soon for FHA? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Among technology efforts being pursued by the Federal Housing Administration is the potential for borrowers to e-sign their loans before becoming insured by the agency.

The implementation of new data submissions standards and development of an electronic case binder format are among additional tech efforts under way by FHA,National Mortgage News reports.

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The 30 Fastest-Growing Cities In America

The 30 Fastest-Growing Cities In America | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Yesterday, we brought you U-Haul's list of top U.S. destinations for movers.

Houston won, followed by Orlando and Chicago.

 

But U-Haul has also put out a list of cities with the largest proportion of inbound moves to outbound moves in 2012.

 

By this count, Pittsburgh saw the most growth, followed by Vegas suburb Henderson and Austin.

 

That compares with 2011's ranking, which saw Nashville, Oakland and Denver on top.  Pittsburgh didn't even make the list that year!

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Here To Amuse You: See Art From The Martin Scorsese Exhibit

Here To Amuse You: See Art From The Martin Scorsese Exhibit | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Last summer, Gallery1988 in L.A. held an Arrested Development-themed exhibit. It was fitting, since California is where the show is set. In December, the same gallery hosted a pop art tribute to director Judd Apatow--also fair, since the director tends to set his movies in the area as well. However, a Martin Scorsese exhibition in San Francisco is completely unacceptable. Perhaps that’s why it’s coming to New York City.

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These Are the First Videos Being Shot With Google Glass

These Are the First Videos Being Shot With Google Glass | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
It's been a long wait, but the very first videos shot with Google Glass out in the wild are finally starting to pop up on the Internet. Some of them almost live up to the crazy spectacle of the first Google demos, but most don't.
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Real-Time Frameworks That Are App-ifying The Web

Real-Time Frameworks That Are App-ifying The Web | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Have you noticed that web interactivity is increasing dramatically that commenting searching banking transaction notifications and analytics data are ...
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RealtyTrac Hires Jake Adger as Chief Economist

RealtyTrac Hires Jake Adger as Chief Economist | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

RealtyTrac Hires Jake Adger as Chief Economist Adger Tasked With Expanding RealtyTrac's Analytical Arm and Developing Products and Services Leveraging Vast Housing Database

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RealtyTrac: 302,000 zombie foreclosures haunt the US

RealtyTrac: 302,000 zombie foreclosures haunt the US | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
More than 300,000 zombie foreclosures haunt American neighborhoods, leaving borrowers on the hook for properties they walked away from.
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The Realty Alliance Selects DocuSign as Its Exclusive and Official eSignature Solution

The Realty Alliance Selects DocuSign as Its Exclusive and Official eSignature Solution | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

DocuSign, the Global Standard for eSignature(R), and The Realty Alliance announced that The Realty Alliance (TRA) has selected DocuSign as its exclusive and official eSignature provider. The Realty Alliance's more than 100,000 agents now benefit from the easiest, fastest, most secure way to complete and sign real estate documents--anytime, anywhere, on any device.

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March housing starts shoot up 7%

March housing starts shoot up 7% | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
 "This morning’s housing starts report showed a 7% rise in new home construction in March, the highest level in nearly five years," said Quicken Loans Chief Economist Bob Walters.
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Election 2013: Realtors help foot bill for Boone County tax question

Election 2013: Realtors help foot bill for Boone County tax question | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
BELVIDERE — The Boone County sales tax referendum will provide financial relief to the county’s school districts, but it was a financial lift from Realtors who helped the campaign succeed.
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