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Debbie Maue Awarded for "Realtors To The Rescue"

Debbie Maue Awarded for "Realtors To The Rescue" | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Realtor Debbie Maue received a community service award, specifically recognizing her involvement with Realtors To The Rescue.
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NAR - Existing-Home Sales Grow 2.0 Percent in October

NAR - Existing-Home Sales Grow 2.0 Percent in October | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Total existing-home sales1, https://www.nar.realtor/existing-home-sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, increased 2.0 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.48 million in October from a downwardly revised 5.37 million in September. After last month's increase, sales are at their strongest pace since June (5.51 million), but still remain 0.9 percent below a year ago.
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Google Maps updates its color scheme to make it easier to identify points of interest

Google Maps updates its color scheme to make it easier to identify points of interest | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Google Maps has gotten an updated look. The driving, navigation, transit, and explore maps have gotten a refresh so that important information is shown more clearly. Gas stations will now appear more prominently during navigation, as will train stations on transit maps.
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Yellen announces resignation from Federal Reserve Board of Governors

Yellen announces resignation from Federal Reserve Board of Governors | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
“It has been my great privilege and honor to serve in the Federal Reserve System over the course of three eventful decades – as a member of the Board of Governors, as President of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and, most especially, as Vice Chair and Chair of the Board,” Yellen wrote in her resignation letter.
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Barriers to Accessing Homeownership

Barriers to Accessing Homeownership | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
This paper provides data and commentary on three significant barriers to homeownership: saving for a down payment, accessing mortgage credit and housing affordability. The report also offers information about down payment assistance programs which can help borrowers overcome the first barrier to homeownership.
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Foxconn requests AV lane as part of $10B Wisconsin factory deal

Foxconn requests AV lane as part of $10B Wisconsin factory deal | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn has requested that Wisconsin include an autonomous vehicle (AV) lane as part of the $3 billion benefits package it is receiving for investing $10 billion in a flat panel display factory there, according to BizTimes Milwaukee.
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Big data meets Big Brother as China moves to rate its citizens

Big data meets Big Brother as China moves to rate its citizens | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Chinese government plans to launch its Social Credit System in 2020. The aim? To judge the trustworthiness – or otherwise – of its 1.3 billion residents
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New home construction increases to meet rising demand

New home construction increases to meet rising demand | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Privately-owned housing starts increased in October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.29 million, up a full 13.7% from September’s revised estimate of 1.14 million. However, it is 2.9% below the 1.33 million in October 2016.
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November 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report

November 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Despite record low inventory for the month, October home sales increased 2.5% year-over-year and kept 2017 prices ahead of 2016, according to this month’s RE/MAX National Housing Report. To access the housing report infographic, visit: rem.ax/2cYFT50.
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Changes to Capital Gains Taxes Could Radically Alter the Calculus for Home Sellers

Changes to Capital Gains Taxes Could Radically Alter the Calculus for Home Sellers | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Proposed changes to the laws governing the exclusion of home sales from capital gains taxes would both radically change the time horizon for short-term homeowners considering selling their home and have a potentially huge impact on the inventory of homes for sale.
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Internet of Warnings: How Smart Technology Can Threaten Your Business’s Security

Internet of Warnings: How Smart Technology Can Threaten Your Business’s Security | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
This advance stems from the use of telemetry, decades-old machine-to-machine communication via wired sensors and transmitters. Now the wires have been replaced by radio waves that transfer a nearly infinite amount of data.
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Oregon Executive Order Charts a Course to Net Zero Buildings

Oregon Executive Order Charts a Course to Net Zero Buildings | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Oregon’s goal, as laid out in the EO signed last week, is to achieve net-zero energy-ready buildings as standard practice across the state. This kind of ambitious, aggressive goal is exactly what states need to pursue to avoid the worst effects of climate change.
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Sustainable small home has designs on retirement

Sustainable small home has designs on retirement | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
"All favor a retiree on a fixed income who is inevitably going to have changing needs through the course of ownership," Wynne says. He dubbed what he calls the "tiny-ish" house "Mike's Hammock."
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First Latitude Margaritaville Draws a Crowd

First Latitude Margaritaville Draws a Crowd | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
More than 300 parrot heads, a.k.a. fans of musician Jimmy Buffett and the laid back tropical lifestyle he exudes, last weekend descended upon Minto Communities and Margaritaville Holdings LATITUDE MARGARITAVILLE Daytona Beach, a new 55-and-better active adult community, which opened for sale on Monday.
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Uber Is Working With NASA To Introduce Flying Cars To Los Angeles By 2020

Uber Is Working With NASA To Introduce Flying Cars To Los Angeles By 2020 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
When you think of flying cars, you might picture something out of The Fifth Element or Harry Potter. They may have an air of sci-fi about them but, according to Uber, it won't be long until they become a reality. In fact, they could be in the sky by 2020. 
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Fidelity latest financial firm to facilitate data sharing with fintechs

Fidelity latest financial firm to facilitate data sharing with fintechs | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The new service, called Fidelity Access, will give third parties access to Fidelity customers' account data for use in apps and services like tax preparation, budgeting, financial planning, spending analysis and portfolio advice — provided the Fidelity customers give their OK. Customer data to be shared includes Fidelity account balances, securities holdings, and transactions.
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Goldman Sachs predicts 4 rate hikes in 2018

Goldman Sachs predicts 4 rate hikes in 2018 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
“The U.S. economy heads into 2018 with strong growth momentum and an unemployment rate already below levels that Fed officials view as sustainable,” Goldman’s economists wrote in note dated Friday.
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Cities look to replace street parking with ride-share zones

Cities look to replace street parking with ride-share zones | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
It is possible that some cities would charge ride-sharing services to access these pull-over zones to account for lost parking revenue from the spots. This would need to be tested, along with other trials, in order to develop best practices.
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Once-Hot Apartment Construction Cooling as U.S. Housing Engine

Once-Hot Apartment Construction Cooling as U.S. Housing Engine | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Faster apartment building was instrumental in pulling the U.S. housing market out of its slump a decade ago. Now, that engine is starting to throttle back.
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What's Keeping the Market Below Potential?

What's Keeping the Market Below Potential? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
"The housing market has been underperforming its potential since May and this month’s market performance gap is the largest since November 2016."
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Housing industry disappointed in House for passing tax reform bill

Housing industry disappointed in House for passing tax reform bill | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
“It’s disappointing to see this legislation move forward, but the real work to shape this debate is just getting started,” NAR President Elizabeth Mendenhall said. “Realtors will now look to the Senate as we make our case that the tax reform proposals pending before Congress overwhelmingly remove the tax incentive to purchase and own a home in America.”
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Seattle is building the world's first floating passenger train

Seattle is building the world's first floating passenger train | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Now the city is embarking on an even more ambitious transport project. Local transit agency Sound Transit is build the world's first light rail (a passenger train designed for light traffic) — on a floating bridge over Lake Washington by 2023. 
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This back-flipping robot has everyone terrified

This back-flipping robot has everyone terrified | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A video released by formerly Google-owned robotics company Boston Dynamics showcases the highly advanced mobility of its bipedal robot called Atlas.
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11 Things You Didn’t Know Were Invented in NYC

11 Things You Didn’t Know Were Invented in NYC | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In addition to its stunning architecture and iconic skyline, New York City is recognized for its innovation. As a major cultural and artistic hub, it’s constantly fostering the exchange of ideas; unsurprisingly, the city has gone down in history as the birthplace of some noteworthy innovations that are now recognized around the world.
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Pyramid-shaped glazed roof lets home owners enjoy 360 degree views

Pyramid-shaped glazed roof lets home owners enjoy 360 degree views | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The home is topped by a glazed conservatory that offers excellent views of the landscape, while internet-connected systems provide remote control of heating and lighting.
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Amazon Key Flaw Could Let Rogue Deliverymen Disable Your Camera

Amazon Key Flaw Could Let Rogue Deliverymen Disable Your Camera | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
But now security researchers have demonstrated that with a simple program run from any computer in Wi-Fi range, that camera can be not only disabled but frozen.
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