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Metro Denver homes sales start sliding again in November 

Metro Denver homes sales start sliding again in November  | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
There were 2,628 single-family homes sold in metro Denver last month, a decline of 17.6 percent from October and 23.9 percent below November 2017. The number of condos sold came in at 1,104, a decline of 16.6 percent month-over-month and 22.9 percent from year-ago levels.
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Lloyd Wright’s Mayan-Inspired Art Deco Home Is on the Market in L.A. 

Lloyd Wright’s Mayan-Inspired Art Deco Home Is on the Market in L.A.  | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Built into a hillside in Los Feliz, California, the four-level Mayan Revival home is characterized by a white concrete exterior, oxidized copper accents, and geometrically positioned windows. Outfitted with three bedrooms and three bathrooms, the 2,690-square-foot residence flows freely from inside to outdoors to maximize the Southern California lifestyle.
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Minneapolis is about to abolish single-family residential zoning 

Minneapolis is about to abolish single-family residential zoning  | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Minneapolis will become the first major U.S. city to end single-family home zoning, a policy that has done as much as any to entrench segregation, high housing costs, and sprawl as the American urban paradigm over the past century.
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87,000 Fla. homeowners dropped by property insurers in 3Q

87,000 Fla. homeowners dropped by property insurers in 3Q | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Meanwhile, consumers are left to sort out their options. In tens of thousands of cases, their policies have not been renewed, either because the insurer dropped them or the customer chose to move on, sometimes after rate hikes or claims tussles.
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Shimmering sustainable home on the lake uses glass to give residents a floating sensation

Shimmering sustainable home on the lake uses glass to give residents a floating sensation | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
This transparent shell also makes for a well-lit interior, aided further by a central atrium that both illuminates the sunken basement and connects the inside to a rooftop terrace via a central staircase. The surroundings can be enjoyed from that rooftop decking, along with a lower two-level terrace jutting out over the water.
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How Wildbit shifted to a four-day workweek

How Wildbit shifted to a four-day workweek | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
some members of the support team now work on Fridays but have Mondays off, and vice versa, so that there’s consistent coverage throughout the week. “We can’t really tell our customers we’re closed on Fridays,” she says.
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Housing Report Card for 2018: 'We're Off by 370,000 Units' 

Housing Report Card for 2018: 'We're Off by 370,000 Units'  | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Housing has not come back. Housing--meaning the community new home builders, developers, investors, manufacturers, distributors of building materials, and their partners--is stuck in the throes of a self-fulfilling, vicious circle of high housing costs constricting supply and thereby causing housing costs to go higher.
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Bose eyes the smart glasses scene with headphone and AR-equipped Frames

Bose eyes the smart glasses scene with headphone and AR-equipped Frames | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
With an array of tiny speakers and a microphone built into the arms, Bose hopes the wearable will begin life as a personal audio device, but soon start augmenting realities by layering useful snippets of sound over what the wearer sees in front of them.
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Cybersecurity experts warn of massive scam targeting mortgage companies, banks

Cybersecurity experts warn of massive scam targeting mortgage companies, banks | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A Nigeria-based hacker group called “London Blue” has compiled a list of thousands of CFOs of businesses including top banks and mortgage lenders, and is trying to scam the executives into sending them company funds.
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California officially becomes first in nation mandating solar power for new homes –

California officially becomes first in nation mandating solar power for new homes – | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
“These provisions really are historic and will be a beacon of light for the rest of the country,” said Kent Sasaki, a structural engineer and one of six commissioners voting for the new energy code. “(It’s) the beginning of substantial improvement in how we produce energy and reduce the consumption of fossil fuels.”
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Most Americans Who Move Head South 

Most Americans Who Move Head South  | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
LendingTree reviewed more than 2 million new purchase mortgage loan requests for primary residences in all 50 states in 2018 (through mid-November) to find what percentage of all requests were from residents looking to move outside of their current state and where their destination would be.
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Where to Buy Luxury Real Estate in the Caribbean –

Where to Buy Luxury Real Estate in the Caribbean – | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
If the thought of freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall sends a shiver down your spine, it’s time to pack your favorite swimsuit and head to the Caribbean. (Pro tip: sugary beaches, crystal clear waters, and a piña colada will make your winter woes seem like a distant memory.)
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Photos of Amazing Architecture Around the World

Photos of Amazing Architecture Around the World | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Part of what makes a city, a city, are the people that flood the streets and fill the buildings with the energy and emotion of daily life. But a city's also memorable for its architecture—inspired design, arresting angles, and buildings that stand tall—or sometimes squat—as throngs of residents, commuters, and visitors vibrate through the maze of streets.
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Trulia Names America's Friendliest, Most Spirited and Most Dog- and Kid-Friendly Neighborhoods

Trulia Names America's Friendliest, Most Spirited and Most Dog- and Kid-Friendly Neighborhoods | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
"Every day, people tell us why they love their neighborhood. Using these insights, we created The Neighborlys to celebrate America's most beloved neighborhoods and to showcase what makes them so special to the people who live there."
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America's Best and Worst Cities for Public Transit 

America's Best and Worst Cities for Public Transit  | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The combined data show a realistic picture of how accessible certain parts of a city are, illuminating which U.S. cities, and which of their neighborhoods, are easiest to get around without a car.
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Rejected Amazon HQ2 Finalists to Be Among Nation’s Fastest-Growing Markets in 2019

Rejected Amazon HQ2 Finalists to Be Among Nation’s Fastest-Growing Markets in 2019 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Home value growth in several large U.S. markets – including a handful closely considered, but ultimately rejected, as potential landing spots for Amazon’s coveted second headquarters – is expected to outperform the national average over the coming year, even as overall growth slows.
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How "Renter" Millennials Will Transform the Housing Market

How "Renter" Millennials Will Transform the Housing Market | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
“As more millennials get married and form families, millennials remain poised to transform the housing market.  In fact, the housing market is already experiencing the earliest gusts of the tailwind.”
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Orange County homebuying: 58% more listings, 62 more days needed to sell 

Orange County homebuying: 58% more listings, 62 more days needed to sell  | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
ReportsOnHousing tracks homebuying patterns found in real estate broker networks: supply (active listings); year-to-date increase in supply; demand (new escrows in past 30 days); and “market time” (a measure of selling speed of days it takes a typical listing to enter escrow).
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Otherworldly Romotow rotating caravan finds its way to this world

Otherworldly Romotow rotating caravan finds its way to this world | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Its signature rotating design nests the cabin snugly inside a hoop frame during the ride. Push a button and the cabin turns 90 degrees, leaving the hoop open as a raised, covered deck. The deck sides can be optionally enclosed with canvas to create a sheltered sitting area or a four-berth auxiliary sleeping area.
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Recent California Wildfires Exacerbate The State's Labor And Housing Shortage

Recent California Wildfires Exacerbate The State's Labor And Housing Shortage | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
"It’s going to get harder to get labor up there," he said. "They have to live on their campers or fifth wheel [campers] or even rent a hotel room. You have to find a way to drive in or create short-term housing. ... And that’s going to put more demand on labor in the non-fire-impacted areas. It will increase the labor challenge and drive up the cost to build housing."
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Riding in Waymo One, the Google spinoff’s first self-driving taxi service

Riding in Waymo One, the Google spinoff’s first self-driving taxi service | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The cars aren’t fully driverless yet: they will include “trained drivers” behind the steering wheel until Waymo decides to pull them out. Chu says it will test a variety of “configurations;” the company says it will eventually offer driverless rides, but it declined to give an exact date.
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Competitive Ax-Throwing Facilities Spreading Rapidly In U.S. Cities

Competitive Ax-Throwing Facilities Spreading Rapidly In U.S. Cities | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In an age where the young and sociable set’s desire for new experiences is only rivaled by the retail market’s desire to create them, the sport of ax throwing has gained a serious foothold in a short time.

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It’s official: Senate approves Kathy Kraninger to serve as next CFPB director

It’s official: Senate approves Kathy Kraninger to serve as next CFPB director | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Kraninger will serve a five-year term as CFPB director, placing her in a position to dramatically reshape the bureau in that time. Mulvaney has already changed the bureau significantly, in terms of how it regulates and even the bureau’s name itself.
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People aren't paying their credit cards and more are being shut down

People aren't paying their credit cards and more are being shut down | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Fed released the results this week of its "Credit Access Survey" — a quarterly report on US borrowers — and it surfaced a couple of alarming trends that suggest credit-card issuers are getting skittish and paring back risk: Both credit-card rejection rates and involuntary account closures are on the rise.
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Snøhetta and Harvard join forces to make old buildings sustainable

Snøhetta and Harvard join forces to make old buildings sustainable | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Constructing new sustainable projects is all well and good, but there are still many drafty old buildings in use throughout the United States. With this in mind, Snøhetta has teamed up with Harvard's Green Buildings and Cities (CGBC) to create HouseZero. The project involved renovating a pre-1940s building into a new energy-positive office and aims to offer ideas for making old inefficient buildings energy-efficient.
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