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RealtyTrac: Zombie foreclosures increase in half of U.S. metros

RealtyTrac: Zombie foreclosures increase in half of U.S. metros | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
While homeowner-vacated zombie foreclosures are improving across the country, they still remain, and are getting worse, in some top-foreclosure states like New Jersey and New York.
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Is The Future Of Home Automation A Simple Black Cube?

Is The Future Of Home Automation A Simple Black Cube? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Even the best designed smarthome apps can feel a little lifeless compared to flickable light switches and spinnable thermostats. Which is why German studio The Family of the Arts is working on a tactile alternative to the smarthome apps of today.
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Bad News For Those Hoping For Better Housing Market Info

Bad News For Those Hoping For Better Housing Market Info | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Zoocasa has been struggling to find an innovative yet industry-accepted business model since it opened in 2008. After being sued by agents for copyright infringement in 2011, it became a brokerage itself in 2013 so it could to obtain access to published listing data that is only available to agents.
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18 Amazing Images "That Changed Everything" From Top Professional Photographers

18 Amazing Images "That Changed Everything" From Top Professional Photographers | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Magnum Photos, an international photographic cooperative, put forth the challenge to its members leading up to their 68th Annual General Meeting in Paris. It was an exercise in reflection, pinpointing that one watershed photograph that symbolizes a career milestone from an entire body of work.
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The history of housing in 5 charts

The history of housing in 5 charts | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A financial crisis and recovery later, the housing market looks nothing like it did 20 years ago. A new survey from Coldwell Banker explained that the recession not only changed the housing market, but it also changed
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CoreLogic: Foreclosure Inventory Down Nearly 25% Compared To April 2014

CoreLogic: Foreclosure Inventory Down Nearly 25% Compared To April 2014 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
here were about 40,000 completed foreclosures nationwide in April, down 1.1% from about 40,000 in March and down nearly 20% from about 50,000 in April 2014, according to CoreLogic's National Foreclosure Report.
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The Online Privacy Lie Is Unraveling

The Online Privacy Lie Is Unraveling | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A new report into U.S. consumers’ attitude to the collection of personal data has highlighted the disconnect between commercial claims that web users are happy to trade privacy in exchange for ‘benefits’ like discounts. On the contrary, it asserts that a large majority of web users are not at all happy, but rather feel powerless to stop their data being harvested and used by marketers.
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The 10 most important announcements from Apple WWDC 2015

If there's one reveal people were hoping for at WWDC, it was Apple's long-rumored music service. On this count, Tim Cook delivered, promising to “change the way that you experience music forever" with a new streaming platform.
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Can these giant, high-altitude kites power the world?

Can these giant, high-altitude kites power the world? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
According to the research team behind the company, jet stream winds that blow at high altitudes are still unexplored as wind energy sources, and they could help solve the difficult challenge of bringing electricity to the many parts of the world that do not have nearly enough of it, including Africa and parts of Asia. If properly harnessed, these winds could also help displace dirty fossil fuel energy sources, such as coal and natural gas, thereby lowering emissions of global warming pollutants such as carbon dioxide.
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Is The Open-Office Trend Reversing Itself?

Is The Open-Office Trend Reversing Itself? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In an effort to conserve space, improve employee communications, and save money, many companies became gung-ho about open-office designs in the last several years. At more and more workplaces today, you'll find workers crammed into cavernous (but beautiful) rooms without walls. Whether employees like these layouts is a contentious debate (as Fast Company staff had once, here).
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Beyond Responsive Design: How to Optimize Your Website for Mobile Users

Beyond Responsive Design: How to Optimize Your Website for Mobile Users | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Follow these tips and you will be well on your way to living the mobile mindset and weathering the change in consumers’ digital behavior. Forrester predicts that the vast majority of companies will underinvest in mobile in 2015. Move quickly and your organization could be at the head of the pack.
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CoreLogic: Distressed sales accounted for 12% of home sales in March 2015

CoreLogic: Distressed sales accounted for 12% of home sales in March 2015 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Distressed sales—real estate-owned and short sales—accounted for 12.1% of total home sales nationally in March 2015, a 3.2 percentage point drop from March 2014 and a 1.9 percentage point decrease from February 2015, according to the March report from CoreLogic.
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CoreLogic: Distressed sales accounted for 12% of national home sales in March 2015

12% is still fairly significant and Foreclosures are not over for Greater Baton Rouge! 

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'Lion King,' 'Aladdin' Broadway casts have spectacular airport sing-off

'Lion King,' 'Aladdin' Broadway casts have spectacular airport sing-off | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
It seems the casts of Broadway's Lion King and Aladdin got bored at LaGuardia Airport, after their flight to Orlando was delayed six hours, so they made the best use of their time with an all-out sing-off. Hakuna matata.
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Your FEEL GOOD FRIDAY story.

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The Problem With The Color Blue

The Problem With The Color Blue | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In brand design, the color blue is everywhere. Roughly 60% of Fortune 500 companies feature dominantly blue brand identities. Nearly half of Major League Baseball’s 30 teams sport a blue signature color. The "Big Three" US automobile manufacturers—General Motors, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler—are all blue.
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CoreLogic: Cash sales decline again, drop to 34.6%

CoreLogic: Cash sales decline again, drop to 34.6% | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Cash sales declined once again and now make up 34.6% of total home sales nationally in March, down 39% from March 2014, according to the latest report from CoreLogic. 

The year-over-year share has fallen each month since January 2013, with March marking the 27th consecutive month of declines.
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Homeowners find out their house was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

Homeowners find out their house was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
What does it do for a home’s value to find out your house was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright? And how would you feel if you found this out after 20 years owning it?
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3 Phrases That Are Poison to a Sales Conversation

3 Phrases That Are Poison to a Sales Conversation | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Salespeople entice prospects to book meetings with them based on their words, either spoken or written. With this in mind, word choice is incredibly important to be effective in sales. While an emotionally charged phrase might compel a prospect to sign the contract, an off-putting word could kill the opportunity.
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RealtyTrac: Bank Repossessions Jumped 25% In April

RealtyTrac: Bank Repossessions Jumped 25% In April | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Foreclosure filings - including default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions - were reported on 125,875 U.S. properties in April, an increase of 3% compared to March and an increase of 9% compared to April 2014, according to RealtyTrac's U.S. Foreclosure Market Report.
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Auction.com CFO Tim Morse promoted to CEO as Irvine company pursues global housing opportunities

Auction.com CFO Tim Morse promoted to CEO as Irvine company pursues global housing opportunities | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Morse, who joined Auction.com in May of last year, was previously the CFO at Yahoo, a member of the board of directors of Alibaba Group, CFO at online advertising startup Adap.tv, CFO at Altera Corp., a San Jose-based maker of programmable logic semiconductors, and CFO and general manager of business development for GE Plastics.
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A Norwegian airline created an emoji-only web address to reach millennials

A Norwegian airline created an emoji-only web address to reach millennials | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Emoji URLs may be the next big thing. With unique and memorable domain names becoming more and more scarce, some companies and campaigns are turning to out-of-the-box digital methods to reach new audiences. 
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Ghosts of aircraft past lie in wait at the 'boneyard'

Ghosts of aircraft past lie in wait at the 'boneyard' | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group boneyard at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona is home to more than 4,400 aircraft and 13 aerospace vehicles from the Air Force, Navy-Marine Corps, Army, Coast Guard and several federal agencies including NASA.
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21 stunning beach photos captured with a drone

21 stunning beach photos captured with a drone | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
So if you haven't visited the beach yet this year or you're in need a mental getaway, you can visit some of the world's most beautiful beaches vicariously through these drone photographers — all without getting any sand between your toes.
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Deep-dive review: The Apple Watch after a month of use (video)

Deep-dive review: The Apple Watch after a month of use (video) | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Every once in a while, there comes a bit of tech that lets you do what you're already doing, but in simpler and more effective ways. After using the Apple Watch for a month, I've decided that the watch is that kind of product. If you're already in the Apple ecosystem, chances are that you'll want one.
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New gTLD’s Top 6 Million Domain Registrations & We Break Down The Numbers

New gTLD’s Top 6 Million Domain Registrations & We Break Down The Numbers | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The number of new gTLD registrations has topped 6 million according to ntldstats.com

Lets break down the numbers by looking at the difference from our last report published on April 10th, when new gTLD domain registrations broke the 5 Million mark (Referred to as the April Report or April numbers)
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CoreLogic: Home Prices Now Within 9% Of April 2006 Peak

CoreLogic: Home Prices Now Within 9% Of April 2006 Peak | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
U.S. home prices, including distressed sales, increased 2.7% in April compared to March and were up 6.8% compared to April 2014, according to CoreLogic's home price index (HPI) report.
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