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U.S. Jobless Claims Fell to Five-Year Low Over Past Month

U.S. Jobless Claims Fell to Five-Year Low Over Past Month | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The number of claims in the month ended Aug. 17 declined to 330,500 a week on average, the least since November 2007, a Labor Department report showed today in Washington. 

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Take a look inside Amazon's futuristic new store, which promises no checkout lines and tracks your purchases with high-tech sensors

Take a look inside Amazon's futuristic new store, which promises no checkout lines and tracks your purchases with high-tech sensors | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The store featuring Amazon's "just walk out" technology finally opened to the public on Monday, following a lengthy delay. Located in Seattle near Amazon's campus, it's seen as the future of brick-and-mortar shopping, with complicated technology that's designed to make in-store shopping as seamless and easy as shopping on Amazon.com.
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Gallery: Sci-fi nightclubs and cave restaurants feature in the Frame Design Award nominations

Gallery: Sci-fi nightclubs and cave restaurants feature in the Frame Design Award nominations | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Awards categories span a variety of non-domestic categories from bar and restaurant designs to office and exhibition spaces. The competition also includes some fascinating "executional" categories such as the best use of digital technology or the best uses of color and light.
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Nissan moves into home solar energy storage

Nissan moves into home solar energy storage | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Electric power is a big part of the modern automaker's MO, and more and more are looking to flex these muscles when it comes to the home. The newly announced Nissan Energy Solar is the Japanese firm's take on a complete home energy management system, making use of old Leaf batteries and rooftop solar to ween homeowners off the grid.
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Hong Kong is so expensive that architects are building 100-square-foot ‘tube homes’ made from concrete water pipes

Hong Kong is so expensive that architects are building 100-square-foot ‘tube homes’ made from concrete water pipes | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
James Law, a Hong Kong-based architect, believes that his micro-homes could help alleviate the city's housing crisis. But his tiny home designs are anything but typical — they are concrete water pipes outfitted with all the amenities of a modern home.
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Where not to travel in 2018

Where not to travel in 2018 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Tourism backlash has been in full effect over the last 12 months, with several destinations announcing they'd had enough of foreign visitors flooding their streets or disrupting their fragile ecosystems.
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Mercedes and BMW are rolling out a subscription service for cars — and it could help solve the biggest problem in the auto industry

Mercedes and BMW are rolling out a subscription service for cars — and it could help solve the biggest problem in the auto industry | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Under this model, consumers would pay a subscription fee each month for the right to use a certain brand's vehicles. Instead of buying a new car every few years, customers would pay car companies every month, which could make revenue more stable for manufacturers.
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Intel admits Spectre patch problems also affect newer Core chips

Intel admits Spectre patch problems also affect newer Core chips | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Intel has revealed that even its newer CPUs are affected by the frequent reboot problems brought about by the Spectre/Meltdown patches. The chipmaker previously said that the reboot issue affects systems running Broadwell and Haswell.
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Internet of Things in Healthcare: What are the Possibilities and Challenges?

Internet of Things in Healthcare: What are the Possibilities and Challenges? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
It has a widely known that interconnected devices are being used in such ways as gathering data from fetal monitors, blood glucose levels, electrocardiograms and temperature monitors. However, some of these tools require follow up communication with a healthcare specialist.
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New consumer research from Realsuite resets the bar for real estate agents

New consumer research from Realsuite resets the bar for real estate agents | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Move, Inc. today released new consumer research and insight from the team behind RealsuiteSM, its new brand and business solutions platform for real estate professionals that underscores the importance of finding the right balance between personalization and automation in serving today's clients.
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Apple To Add Corporate Campus, Hire 20,000 Workers, Expand Data Center Operations

Apple To Add Corporate Campus, Hire 20,000 Workers, Expand Data Center Operations | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Apple announced Wednesday it will invest $30B in capital expenditures in the U.S. over the next five years to create 20,000 jobs at existing campuses and at a new campus, the location of which will be announced later in the year.
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Construction Of World's Largest Starbucks Reserve Roastery Set To Begin

Construction Of World's Largest Starbucks Reserve Roastery Set To Begin | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Starbucks signed a full lease on the building in April and plans to renovate the five-story building's core, while adding a rooftop deck. Starbucks tapped Solomon Cordwell Buenz to handle the redesign, with principal Mark Frisch as the architect of record listed on the permit. The work covered under the permit is valued at $9.8M.
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Meet The Architect Shining A Light On The Benefits Of Windowed Workspaces

Meet The Architect Shining A Light On The Benefits Of Windowed Workspaces | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Glass can improve wellness and increase a building's sustainability through access to natural light, Cavagnero said. Glass within the last 10 to 15 years has become more sophisticated and can control glare and heat gain, cutting down on a need for energy to cool the interior, he said.
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The United States was less popular with tourists in 2017. 

The United States was less popular with tourists in 2017.  | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Despite the fact that Spain had a horrifying terrorist attack and massive demonstrations surrounding Catalonia’s bid for independence, more tourists wanted to visit Spain than travel to the United States in 2017.
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California home price closes year on high note

California home price closes year on high note | 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 420,960 units in December, according to information collected by C.A.R. from more than 90 local REALTOR® associations and MLSs statewide. The statewide sales figure represents what would be the total number of homes sold during 2017 if sales maintained the December pace throughout the year.
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Stylish shipping container house is topped by a green roof

Stylish shipping container house is topped by a green roof | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Athens, Greece-based firm Cocoon Modules offers an attractive take on the shipping container house with this eponymous dwelling. Topped by a green roof and able to run on or off-the-grid, the container house can also be expanded in size to suit customers' needs.
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US: CoStar Group partners with KCRAR as the association's provider of commercial real estate information, analytics and marketing

US: CoStar Group partners with KCRAR as the association's provider of commercial real estate information, analytics and marketing | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Working closely with KCRAR, as well as members of its network of commercial real estate firms, CoStar will serve as the organization's exclusive data, analytics, and marketing provider for its commercial real estate division. Individual KCRAR members will benefit from preferential CoStar rates, an annual CoStar sponsorship, and market statistics and data.
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What Does the First Release of Housing Data in 2018 Say About the Housing Market?

What Does the First Release of Housing Data in 2018 Say About the Housing Market? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
"The annual increase in permits, in conjunction with the rise in employment, signals an upward trajectory for housing starts in 2018."
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Buyer Interest Remains High as National Showing Index Exhibits 7% Year-Over-Year Increase in December

Buyer Interest Remains High as National Showing Index Exhibits 7% Year-Over-Year Increase in December | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
All four regions finished the year strong, with the West Region experiencing a 13.3 percent year-over-year increase in buyer interest. The Midwest (12.2 percent), Northeast (4.3 percent) and South (3.6 percent) regions also saw an increase of showing activity compared to the same period last year.
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Peek Inside a Nature-Inspired New Jersey Penthouse with a Greenhouse and Zen Garden

Peek Inside a Nature-Inspired New Jersey Penthouse with a Greenhouse and Zen Garden | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Nature lovers, take note: The Penthouse at Nine has your name written all over it. Crowning the top of Nine at the Hudson in West New York, N.J., the 4,000-square-foot glass gem—which has three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, and three balconies—showcases nature in a plethora of unexpected ways.
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Foreclosed Homes Dip to 12-Year Low

Foreclosed Homes Dip to 12-Year Low | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Foreclosures hit a 12-year low in 2017, and the distressed properties remain increasingly difficult to find in many markets. Foreclosure filings in 2017—which include default notices, scheduled auctions, and bank repossessions—dropped to the lowest level since 2005.
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Denver’s Solution To Its Housing Crisis: Subsidize Rent For Expensive, Empty Apartments

Denver’s Solution To Its Housing Crisis: Subsidize Rent For Expensive, Empty Apartments | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The plan, called LIVE Denver, is aimed at workers earning between 40% and 80% of average area incomes, or $23,520 to $47,040 for individuals, or $33,560 to $67,120 for families of four. The city estimates that about 13,000 renters in these categories currently have to pay out more than 50% of their income in housing costs.
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Amazon reveals the 20 cities that could be the home of its next headquarters

Amazon reveals the 20 cities that could be the home of its next headquarters | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Amazon said it would work with each city to "dive deeper into their proposals, request additional information, and evaluate the feasibility of a future partnership that can accommodate the company's hiring plans as well as benefit its employees and the local community."
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2018 will see refis plummet as interest rates increase

2018 will see refis plummet as interest rates increase | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Like other economic forecasts about 2018, CoreLogic also predicts rates will continue rising, hitting 4.8% by the end of the year. While CoreLogic Principal Economist Molly Boesel explained these rates are still historically low, it is up 90 basis points from today’s levels.
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Seth's Blog: Freedom, fairness and equality

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Equality means equality of access, the opportunity to do my best without being disqualified for irrelevant reasons.
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The Inventory Crisis: No End in Sight (December 2017 Market Report)

The Inventory Crisis: No End in Sight (December 2017 Market Report) | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Inventory will remain a major concern in 2018, continuing to play a significant role in pushing up prices. It will create particularly strong headwinds for first-time home buyers, who don’t have the benefit of profits from a prior home sale to boost their down payments and make them more competitive. Just 6.3 percent of experts in a recent Zillow survey of more than 100 economists said the inventory situation was the major real estate trend most likely to change significantly this year.
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