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Apple, RIM Along With Other Companies Hit With Patent Infringement Lawsuit

Apple, RIM Along With Other Companies Hit With Patent Infringement Lawsuit | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Just when you thought the lawsuits were over, it looks like Apple, RIM, Motorola and a bunch of other companies including US telcos have been hit with a massive lawsuit, and surprise, surprise, it looks like they are being sued [...]...
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OCC reaches $8.5 billion foreclosure review deal with 10 servicers

OCC reaches $8.5 billion foreclosure review deal with 10 servicers | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The deal, announced by the Office of the Comptroller of Currency and Federal Reserve, effectively replaces the prolonged independent foreclosure review process with a one-time settlement to compensate impacted homeowners.
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Housing’s renaissance could lead an economic recovery

Housing’s renaissance could lead an economic recovery | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

A housing renaissance has begun. This may be hard to believe after the dizzying, six-year-long crash in home sales, construction and house prices. But housing turned the corner last year, and it will take off in 2013.

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Bank of America reaches multi-billion dollar deal with Fannie Mae

Bank of America reaches multi-billion dollar deal with Fannie Mae | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The entire deal covers repurchase and originations claims tied to loans originated and sold to Fannie Mae from Jan. 1 2000 through Dec. 31, 2008.
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Indemnity Basics for Defendants Sued for Patent Infringement

Indemnity Basics for Defendants Sued for Patent Infringement | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
As a defendant, there are several indemnity options and numerous strategies for pursuing reimbursement where the product accused of infringement was at least partially outsourced.
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Fannie Mae National Housing Survey Reveals Great Expectations

Fannie Mae National Housing Survey Reveals Great Expectations | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Americans continue to report confidence in the housing market in Fannie Mae’s December National Housing Survey.
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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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4506-T electronic signatures begin

4506-T electronic signatures begin | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Five days after President Obama signed the fiscal bill electronically, the IRS will begin accepting electronic signatures on the common mortgage origination document, Form 4506-T.
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Average New Home Owner Expenditures

Average New Home Owner Expenditures | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The question regarding new home owner expenditures crops up somewhat frequently here in the NAR Library. The NAR,  NAHB, and BLS include some useful statistics to answer questions in this arena.

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Are the Regulators Coming after the Patent Trolls?

Are the Regulators Coming after the Patent Trolls? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice recently held a workshop to discuss the effects of patent assertion entities (PAEs)on innovation and competition.

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HUD and Census Bureau Expand Access to Include Housing Info

HUD and Census Bureau Expand Access to Include Housing Info | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Nearly 20 percent of recent movers identified “convenience to job” as the most important factor in their choice of neighborhood in 2011, according to the 2011 American Housing Survey (AHS), the definitive source of information on the quality of...
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Fannie, Freddie short sales hit record high

Fannie, Freddie short sales hit record high | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Loan servicers working on behalf of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac signed off on a record number of short sales in the third quarter of 2012

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Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate has announced the appointment of its president and CEO, Sherry Chris to the National Board of Directors at Rebuilding Together

Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate has announced the appointment of its president and CEO, Sherry Chris to the National Board of Directors at Rebuilding Together | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The non-profit organizationprovides critical repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficient upgrades to low-income homes and community centers at no cost to service recipients. The board focuses on building the strategic vision for nearly 200 local Rebuilding Together affiliates throughout the nation.

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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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