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HomeAway Buys Singapore Startup Travelmob To Enter Asia-Pacific

HomeAway Buys Singapore Startup Travelmob To Enter Asia-Pacific | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

HomeAway announced today that it acquired a majority stake of 63 percent in Travelmob in an undisclosed, all-cash deal. For now, Travelmob’s team of 16 will continue to operate as an independent brand out of Singapore.

 

HomeAway will also pump in $2 million in its new Travelmob arm to help grow its presence in the Asia-Pacific.

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A robot can print this $64,000 house in as little as 8 hours — take a look inside

A robot can print this $64,000 house in as little as 8 hours — take a look inside | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The machine can print the walls, roof, and floor of PassivDom's 410-square-foot model in about eight hours. The windows, doors, plumbing, and electrical systems are then added by a human worker.
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What Is It Actually Like To Live In A Co-Living Scheme? The Inside View As The Sector Takes Off

What Is It Actually Like To Live In A Co-Living Scheme? The Inside View As The Sector Takes Off | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
For societies where private dwellings have been the norm for more than a century, co-living is a new and radical concept brought about by the pressures that London housing costs exert.
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Amazon Echo vs Google Home vs Apple HomePod: All the models compared

Amazon Echo vs Google Home vs Apple HomePod: All the models compared | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Tis the season to be buying smart speakers, with both Amazon and Google revamping their line-ups before the holidays, and Apple promising to join the market with its own entry in 2018.
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Electric eel inspires bio-friendly power source, what happens next may shock you

Electric eel inspires bio-friendly power source, what happens next may shock you | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
One organism that is pretty good at generating biocompatible power (for itself, at least) is the electric eel, and scientists have now used the high-voltage species as a blueprint for a promising new self-charging device that could one day power things like pacemakers, prosthetics and even augmented reality contact lenses.
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33 Incredibly Useful Things You Didn’t Know Google Photos Could Do

33 Incredibly Useful Things You Didn’t Know Google Photos Could Do | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
create a Photos folder within Drive? Once you’ve done that, you can use Gmail’s “Insert files using Drive” icon to grab anything from Photos via that always-synced folder.
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Have Holiday Plans, Will Travel: Record-Breaking 107 Million Americans to Celebrate Holidays Away From Home

Have Holiday Plans, Will Travel: Record-Breaking 107 Million Americans to Celebrate Holidays Away From Home | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
travel has increased year-over-year for every major holiday weekend – Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving – and we project the same for the year-end holiday period. We’ve seen the strong economy and growing consumer confidence fuel holiday travel all year long.”
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Seattle passes sweeping short-term rental laws, limits Airbnb hosts to two units

Seattle passes sweeping short-term rental laws, limits Airbnb hosts to two units | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The new rules limit hosts to two dwelling units each and require them to obtain special licenses to operate short-term rentals. The regulations also require short-term rental platforms — like Airbnb, HomeAway, and VRBO — to obtain a special “platform license” to facilitate bookings in Seattle.
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44% of Retirees Still Have a Mortgage

44% of Retirees Still Have a Mortgage | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Many retirees are worried if they’ll ever be able to pay off their mortgage. Forty-four percent of 60- to 70-year-old retirees have a mortgage in retirement, according to American Financing’s 2017 Retirement and Mortgages Survey. Thirty-two percent predict it will take still take them more than eight years to pay off their mortgage.
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Single-Family Rental Boom Lowered Annual Home Sales by 270,000 Homes

Single-Family Rental Boom Lowered Annual Home Sales by 270,000 Homes | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In total, about 270,000 fewer homes are sold each year compared to 2006, or about 5 percent of the homes that would sell in a typical year, according to a new Zillow® analysis. About 120,000 of these lost sales were among the most affordable homes that are often sought by first-time buyers.
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Stunning Mural Covers Four Story Building in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Stunning Mural Covers Four Story Building in Greenpoint, Brooklyn | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A new mural has sprouted up in Greenpoint, adding a dash of color to an otherwise run-of-the-mill street corner in Brooklyn. The piece is the brainchild of Malmö-based street artist, Ola Kalnins, who was commissioned for the project as part of the programming for Swedish Design Moves New York and Archtober. 
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See Photos of Live Ice Carving of Sea Creatures

See Photos of Live Ice Carving of Sea Creatures | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In spite of the chilly weather, New Yorkers were recently given a reason to step outside: Presented by Arts Brookfield, New York City based Okamoto Studio returned for a seventh year for a spectacular ice carving show, where artists transformed blocks of ice into sea life.
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Amazon's new headquarters promises 50,000 jobs — but they may not last forever

Amazon's new headquarters promises 50,000 jobs — but they may not last forever | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Amazon has received 238 bids from North American cities, states, and regions that want to become the home of its second headquarters, dubbed HQ2. In 2018, Amazon will pick a location, where it will invest $5 billion in construction and bring up to 50,000 jobs over the next two decades.
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5 mobile security threats you should take seriously in 2018

5 mobile security threats you should take seriously in 2018 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
While it's easy to focus on the sensational subject of malware, the truth is that mobile malware infections are incredibly uncommon in the real world — with your odds of being infected significantly less than your odds of being struck by lightning, according to one estimate.
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The FCC just scrapped rules protecting a free and open internet

The FCC just scrapped rules protecting a free and open internet | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The five members of the Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday 3-2 along party lines to scrap Obama-era net neutrality rules, returning to a "light touch" approach and ending what Chairman Ajit Pai has called the federal government's "micromanaging" of the internet.
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This Radical Parking Garage Solves Three Of Cities’ Biggest Problems

This Radical Parking Garage Solves Three Of Cities’ Biggest Problems | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
While Pop-Up remains a concept, it presents a fascinating portrayal of the city as a multitiered entity, with different levels that change and adjust over time. This kind of thinking–if not this concept itself–could ultimately make urban areas more resilient to the shocks and stresses of climate change.
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Robot carries the Olympic torch in South Korea

Robot carries the Olympic torch in South Korea | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In what may be a preview of the future of athletics, Hubo, a humanoid robot, carried the Olympic torch in Daejeon, South Korea as part of the relay leading up to the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
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Pretty pickle: Ex-factory cleverly transformed into energy-efficient home

Pretty pickle: Ex-factory cleverly transformed into energy-efficient home | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Fine arts photographer and artist Jaime Alvarez was looking for a long-term home that could also function as his studio when he came across this three-story 1880s brick commercial building in Philadelphia's Fishtown neighborhood.
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This New Tiny Electric Car Comes With Five Years Of Free Solar Charging

This New Tiny Electric Car Comes With Five Years Of Free Solar Charging | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Uniti, which launched a prototype of its tiny electric car today, started by rethinking size: If most people living in cities commute to work alone, over short distances, it doesn’t make sense to make an oversized, overpowered vehicle.
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California warns residents of scammer pretending to be Impac Mortgage Corp.

California warns residents of scammer pretending to be Impac Mortgage Corp. | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
According to the CDBO, the entity is ending unsolicited emails to residents, offering them loans. The emails originate from the email address: "impacmortgagecorp@gmail.com," and the scammer is using the name of Impac’s CEO, Joseph Tomkinson.
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Credit Score Hurdle Harder To Clear For Apartment Renters

Credit Score Hurdle Harder To Clear For Apartment Renters | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Though millennials are flocking to the city to be closer to work, research shows the more competitive the market, the better the credit score that is needed to secure an apartment.
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Infographic: Homeowners Say Changing Homeownership's Tax Incentives Restricts Mobility, Causes Financial Strain

Infographic: Homeowners Say Changing Homeownership's Tax Incentives Restricts Mobility, Causes Financial Strain | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
"Homeownership is an aspirational goal for millions of Americans, but getting there isn't always easy. Middle-class families count on tax incentives like the mortgage interest deduction and the state and local tax deduction to make homeownership a more affordable prospect,"
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Tax Reform With $750k Cap on Mortgage Interest Deduction Would Leave 1 in 8 U.S. Homes Eligible

Tax Reform With $750k Cap on Mortgage Interest Deduction Would Leave 1 in 8 U.S. Homes Eligible | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Under current law, roughly 44 percent of U.S. homes are worth enough for it to make sense for a homeowner to itemize their deductions and take advantage of the mortgage interest deduction. Under a reconciled House and Senate tax reform plan (as reported) that proportion of homes drops to 12.5 percent.
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Fed raises rates with expectation economy will improve next year

Fed raises rates with expectation economy will improve next year | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Fed raised rates by 25 basis points, moving the target range for the federal funds rate to 1.25% to 1.5%.

The FOMC announced it's overall outlook on the economy is positive, saying it will continue to gradually increase the federal funds rate. 
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The First Bugatti Type 55 Roadster Will Cross the Block in Scottsdale

The First Bugatti Type 55 Roadster Will Cross the Block in Scottsdale | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
While cutting-edge cars like the Veyron and Chiron amaze the masses today, Bugatti has been mastering the automotive marriage of elegance and exquisite engineering since the turn of the last century, creating brilliant four-wheel expressions that captured the industry’s collective imagination throughout subsequent decades.
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Fannie, Freddie to hold off on evictions during the holidays

Fannie, Freddie to hold off on evictions during the holidays | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
"We're taking steps to support families and to extend the timeline of help for struggling borrowers during the holidays," said Jacob Williamson, vice president of single-family distressed assets at Fannie Mae. "We also encourage homeowners who may be struggling with their mortgage to reach out to Fannie Mae or their servicer to get help.
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