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Zillow Chief Economist: It’s Time for Home Buyers to Start Shopping

Zillow Chief Economist: It’s Time for Home Buyers to Start Shopping | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Zillow Chief Economist Stan Humphries appeared on The Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo this weekend to talk about the housing market.
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Calif - January home sales and price report

Calif - January home sales and price report | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California totaled a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 388,800 units in January, according to information collected by C.A.R. from more than 90 local REALTOR® associations and MLSs statewide. It marked the first time since March 2016 that the statewide sales figure dropped below 400,000.
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Federal judge rules that embedded tweets can infringe on copyright

Federal judge rules that embedded tweets can infringe on copyright | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
his is an especially alarming decision, as it goes against over a decade of legal precedent that put the liability on the host of the content, not the person that links to it.
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Breaking Down the 2008 DOJ–NAR Settlement Agreement

Breaking Down the 2008 DOJ–NAR Settlement Agreement | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The 2008 DOJ-NAR settlement agreement prohibits all REALTOR® associations and association-owned MLSs from impeding a broker's ability to operate a VOW.
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This new text bomb crashes most Mac and iOS apps with a single Unicode symbol

This new text bomb crashes most Mac and iOS apps with a single Unicode symbol | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
During their development work on an international news feed, software engineers at Aloha Browser discovered two Unicode symbols in a non-English language that can crash any Apple device that uses Apple’s default San Francisco font.
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'Plogging' is a Swedish fitness trend that combines running with picking up litter

'Plogging' is a Swedish fitness trend that combines running with picking up litter | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
This trend encourages people to pick up litter while out running. So, it's not just good for your health, it's also good for the environment. 

It's called 'plogging'—a portmanteau of jogging and the Swedish plocka upp, meaning 'pick up.' 
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Judge Rules that Developer Must Pay $6.7M to 5Pointz Graffiti Artists

Judge Rules that Developer Must Pay $6.7M to 5Pointz Graffiti Artists | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
It’s been five years, but the much contested whitewashing and demolition of Long Island City’s former graffiti mecca, 5Pointz, is far from forgotten. On Monday, a federal judge ruled that New York City real estate developer, Jerry Wolkoff, must pay $6.7 million in damages to the 21 artists whose work at the five-story warehouse site was painted over virtually overnight.
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How Chrome’s built-in ad blocker will work when it goes live tomorrow

How Chrome’s built-in ad blocker will work when it goes live tomorrow | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Chrome’s built-in ad blocker will go live tomorrow. It’s the first time Google will automatically block some ads in Chrome, but while quite a few online publishers are fretting about this move, as a regular user, you may not even notice it.
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Neural Networks Are The New Apps

Neural Networks Are The New Apps | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
“I do think there are lots more opportunities to do [AI] on-device,” says Sharifi, but he is quick to draw lines in the sand. “There are some things that should be done in the cloud because you need a big database. With the Google Assistant, you want access to the world’s knowledge. It’s quite difficult to fit that onto the device.”
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The sudden death of the website

The sudden death of the website | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
I am going to make a bold prediction based on my work with 18,000 companies and bringing conversational commerce to life: In 2018, we will see the first major brand shut down its website. The brand will shift how it connects with consumers — to conversations, with a combination of bots and humans, through a messaging front end like SMS or Facebook. W
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Calif - New Recording Fees Will Fund Affordable Housing

Calif - New Recording Fees Will Fund Affordable Housing | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Effective January 1, 2018 there is a whole new set of fees that will be charged to Californians who are recording real-estate-related documents ("real estate instruments") that are not part of, or connected with, a real estate sale. The fee is $75 per document, up to a limit of $225 per occasion.
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A 14-story hotel at the entrance to Pike Place Market? Not so fast, say opponents

A 14-story hotel at the entrance to Pike Place Market? Not so fast, say opponents | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The 131-year-old Hahn Building at First and Pike is on the way to being demolished and replaced by a 14-story hotel. Opposition to the project began with residents of a condo building behind the proposed hotel, but now has spread to a petition signed by thousands.
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10 Cool Facts About Curling

10 Cool Facts About Curling | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
To the uninitiated, curling might seem like a bizarre and unusual sport with its weird brooms and constant sweeping on ice. But if you get to know the basics of the winter sport, then you can see why so many people from all around the world are fascinated by its strategies and the endurance required to win.
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Buyers not fazed by 5% loan rate survey shows

Buyers not fazed by 5% loan rate survey shows | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Just 6 in 100 prospective homebuyers surveyed by Redfin said they would halt their planned home purchase if rates were above 5%, although a further 27% would slow their search.
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Nendo’s Roof Collection for Cappellini Brings the Quirk –

Nendo’s Roof Collection for Cappellini Brings the Quirk – | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Some design studios are so prolific that they can make cult products out of esoteric ideas. The Japanese studio nendo holds that distinction. Founder Oki Sato founded his practice in 2002, and since then, he has been conjuring up award-winning designs, architectural projects, and limited editions from the outer limits.
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12 People You May Not Have Known Were Olympians 

12 People You May Not Have Known Were Olympians  | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
For many, competing at the Olympics is the dream of a lifetime. But these accomplished athletes found success both inside and far beyond the Olympic stadium, as movie stars, politicians, famed generals, and Darth Vader's stunt double.
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Fannie and Freddie Seek Cash Infusions, Elevating Reform Agenda and Its Affordable Housing Hang-Up

Fannie and Freddie Seek Cash Infusions, Elevating Reform Agenda and Its Affordable Housing Hang-Up | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The GSEs’ large footprint in buying mortgages, bundling them, and guaranteeing the resulting mortgage-backed securities raises concerns about the amount of risk for which taxpayers are on the hook when the market experiences leaner times.
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Foreign Investment into U.S. Residential Property Hits New High, As Do Prices 

Foreign Investment into U.S. Residential Property Hits New High, As Do Prices  | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A report from Beauchamp Associates and Leslie J. Garfield & Co., U.S. Ultra Prime Real Estate, said in the past 12 months, foreign investment in U.S. properties jumped by 72 percent. Of these transactions, 44 percent were all-cash purchases, with nearly 40 percent of these transactions in Miami, New York and Los Angeles.
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California housing affordability edges up, C.A.R. reports

California housing affordability edges up, C.A.R. reports | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The percentage of home buyers who could afford to purchase a median-priced, existing single-family home in California in fourth-quarter 2017 edged up to 29 percent from 28 percent in the third quarter of 2017 but was down from 31 percent in the fourth quarter a year ago, according to C.A.R.’s Traditional Housing Affordability Index (HAI)
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In snowstorm, volunteers helped elderly Chicago neighbors 

In snowstorm, volunteers helped elderly Chicago neighbors  | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
When he went to the train station Saturday morning to see whether anyone had showed up to help, he couldn’t believe what he saw. About 120 people stood on the platform, many with shovels, ready to work.
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Google Thinks The Future Of The Web Is . . . Email

Google Thinks The Future Of The Web Is . . . Email | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
I’m not sure that AMP email will fix this problem, but it’s a start. Instead of shuttling the user from an email to the web and back, email is simply becoming the web–a deep, browsable entity rather than a shallow promotional facade.
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Illinois homes sold faster and at higher prices in 2017

Illinois homes sold faster and at higher prices in 2017 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Illinois housing market closed out 2017 with annual gains in both sales and median prices as homes sold quickly amid historically low inventory levels. Share this infographic highlighting key points of the 2017 Illinois housing market along with a comparison of recent historical trends. You can find the full 2017 Annual Report and more information about the Illinois market
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States With the Most Million-Dollar Earners

States With the Most Million-Dollar Earners | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Specifically, we looked at the total number of tax returns and compared that to the total number of tax returns which had an adjusted gross income of at least $1 million.
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Seattle Trails Toronto For Most Cranes, S.F. Has Highest Increase 

Seattle Trails Toronto For Most Cranes, S.F. Has Highest Increase  | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
San Francisco’s crane number jumped by 18% in the fourth quarter, the highest increase of any North American city. The Bay Area’s construction is driven mostly by job growth in the tech industry. Construction is growing in the commercial, office and mixed-use/residential sectors.
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Fourth Quarter Home Prices Up 5.3 Percent; Nearly Two-Thirds of Markets at All-Time High

Fourth Quarter Home Prices Up 5.3 Percent; Nearly Two-Thirds of Markets at All-Time High | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The national median existing single-family home price in the fourth quarter was $247,800, which is up 5.3 percent from the fourth quarter of 2016 ($235,400). The median price during last year's third quarter climbed 5.6 percent from the third quarter of 2016.
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Ten-X Ranks Sacramento Among Top 5 U.S. Markets For Office Investors

Ten-X Ranks Sacramento Among Top 5 U.S. Markets For Office Investors | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The company said Sacramento, along with Dallas, Tampa, Long Island, New York, and Portland, Oregon, is among the top five markets where investors should consider buying office properties. These markets have either strong overall economies and specific sectors creating jobs or constricted office supply.
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