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Jobless claims fall by 42,000 filings amid seasonal volatility

Jobless claims fall by 42,000 filings amid seasonal volatility | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Due to volatility tied to seasonal adjustments for the holidays, jobless claims continued to fluctuate, falling by 42,000 filings for the week ending Dec. 21.
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NAR - Existing-Home Sales Slip 3.2 Percent in January

NAR - Existing-Home Sales Slip 3.2 Percent in January | 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, sank 3.2 percent in January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.38 million from a downwardly revised 5.56 million in December 2017.
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San Francisco's Fillmore District Works To Bring Back Music, Culture Lost To Redevelopment

San Francisco's Fillmore District Works To Bring Back Music, Culture Lost To Redevelopment | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
When the Rev. Arnold Townsend was a teenager, he would drive up to San Francisco from Los Angeles in his friend’s 1955 Chevy. He and his friend would set out on a Friday and spend the weekend partying up and down Fillmore Street.
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How Drones Will Evolve In 2018 

How Drones Will Evolve In 2018  | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
So, what is next for drones? The answer depends on how artificial intelligence (A.I) can be used to make drones more useful. A.I. can help drones overcome the human limitation and make drones more useful in different sectors including industry, tech, delivery and so on.
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California's livability ranking drops to 4-year low

California's livability ranking drops to 4-year low | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Gallup’s “Well-Being Index” is built through continuous polling of American adults on five key traits of livability. From 160,498 telephone interviews last year, Gallup placed California’s livability right behind economic arch-rivals Florida and Texas and just ahead of Arizona.
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But it is still pretty damned good!
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Sneak peek at what Gen Z wants from employers

Sneak peek at what Gen Z wants from employers | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Like Millennials, Gen Z are considered digital natives, aka people who were raised using technology rather than acquiring familiarity at an older age. However, this doesn’t mean Gen Z wants the same thing as Millennials in a career.
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Bay Area Universities, Developers Aiming To House Thousands Of Students

Bay Area Universities, Developers Aiming To House Thousands Of Students | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Check out some of the newest student housing developments in the planning stages or in the works:
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AT&T has named the first US cities that will receive mobile 5G

AT&T has named the first US cities that will receive mobile 5G | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
AT&T announced plans to roll out 5G mobile internet to consumers in a dozen US cities this year, including areas of Atlanta, Dallas, and Waco, Texas, the company announced Wednesday.
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First-Time Home Buying Surged in Q4

First-Time Home Buying Surged in Q4 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
“The first-time homebuyer segment had one of its strongest years on record, and we expect it to continue growing in market share and driving the purchase market in 2018. Since 2014, the segment has accounted for 82% of home purchases, but is still facing many headwinds.
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Homebuyer Demand Continues to Rise Unabated as National Showing Index Charts 5.2% Year-Over-Year

Homebuyer Demand Continues to Rise Unabated as National Showing Index Charts 5.2% Year-Over-Year | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The ShowingTime Showing Index, a leading indicator of confirmed homebuyer demand, revealed that home showings on the national level posted a 5.2 percent year-over-year increase in January as 2017's high consumer demand continued into the new year.
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The California Dream is tough to afford if you’re under 40 –

The California Dream is tough to afford if you’re under 40 – | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A five-county poll conducted for the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and this news organization also found that more than one-third of Bay Area apartment renters and one-quarter of residents in their 20s and 30s say they are struggling to afford their housing.
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The New Technology That Transfers Data 1,000 Times Faster Than WiFi Is Coming To Offices

The New Technology That Transfers Data 1,000 Times Faster Than WiFi Is Coming To Offices | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
LiFi uses LED lightbulbs to transfer data, in much the same way as a WiFi router but much, much quicker and more efficiently. Speeds can be around 1,000 times faster than WiFi.
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Home Sales Velocity in January Felt More Like Spring

Home Sales Velocity in January Felt More Like Spring | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Median Sales Price of $224,000 also set a January record — up 6.7% year-over-year. Out of 53 markets, 51 posted gains, marking January as the 22nd consecutive month of year-over-year price increases dating back to April 2016.
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The 2018 World's Most Innovative Companies

The 2018 World's Most Innovative Companies | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The 2018 edition of the World's Most Innovative Companies spans more than 350 enterprises across 36 categories, from the world's most valuable firm and its continuing transformation of consumer electronics to a small outfit selling natural gum to preserve rainforests.
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Illinois home prices increase in January; sales lower amid tight inventory

Illinois home prices increase in January; sales lower amid tight inventory | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in January 2018 totaled 8,156 homes sold, down 6.1 percent from 8,683 in January 2017.

The statewide median price in January was $185,000, up 8.2 percent from January 2017, when the median price was $171,000. The median is a typical market price where half the homes sold for more and half sold for less.
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Home Values Grow at Slowest Annual Pace in 15 Months (January 2017 Market Report)

Home Values Grow at Slowest Annual Pace in 15 Months (January 2017 Market Report) | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Even as demand for homes remains hot and inventory is historically low, national home values rose at their slowest annual pace in 15 months in January, up 6.7 percent year-over-year to a median home value of $207,600.

It’s the slowest growth since November 2016 and follows a year in which homes regularly gained more than 7 percent from the prior year – including a 7.6 percent jump in May 2017, the fastest pace since June 2006 in the midst of the housing bubble.
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"Haarlem Shuffle" floating home provides an energy-neutral haven

"Haarlem Shuffle" floating home provides an energy-neutral haven | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
"The design plays with the perception of the dynamics around the Spaarne, the relationship with Haarlem and the bright open living spaces," says vanOmmeren-architecten. "The ark gets its expression by a strong orthogonal composition of open and closed facade elements."
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Another 7,000 apartments expected in downtown Chicago within 2 years

Another 7,000 apartments expected in downtown Chicago within 2 years | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
While only about 3,000 apartment units are expected to be completed this year, developers next year could challenge the record number of downtown apartments — 4,350 units — built in 2017, Integra Realty Resources executives said Tuesday during the firm’s annual apartment and condominium forecast luncheon.
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Commercial Brokerages Are Racing To Dominate The Real Estate Tech Landscape

Commercial Brokerages Are Racing To Dominate The Real Estate Tech Landscape | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Technology plays a huge role in powering the $2 trillion machine that is commercial real estate, and major commercial brokerages are scrambling for a piece of that pie. 
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Using Yelp To Find The Next Hot Neighborhood 

Using Yelp To Find The Next Hot Neighborhood  | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
While tools such as the U.S. census exist and can provide data regarding home prices, rent, wages and demographic changes, the information is often old by the time it is released.
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Most Marketers Believe Tracking Cookies Will No Longer Be Needed

Most Marketers Believe Tracking Cookies Will No Longer Be Needed | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
According to a September 2017 survey of US brand-side digital marketing executives by Viant, more than 60% of respondents believe they will no longer need to rely on cookies for the majority of their digital marketing within the next two years.
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Apartment Managers Experimenting With New Solutions To Growing Package Problem

Apartment Managers Experimenting With New Solutions To Growing Package Problem | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Many apartment owners have grown the size of their storage rooms to try to keep up with the rapidly increasing volume of packages delivered to their buildings, but some see that as an unsustainable approach and are beginning to turn to new solutions. 
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11 First Sentences That Guarantee the Rest of Your Email Won't Get Read

11 First Sentences That Guarantee the Rest of Your Email Won't Get Read | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
We all get cold emails, and we're all incredibly good at sniffing out boilerplate openings and forced friendliness. Even if we do keep reading, canned openings negatively impact our impression of what is to come -- and make it much less likely we'll respond positively to the actual message of the email.
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Sustainability Isn't Just About Constructing Better Buildings

Sustainability Isn't Just About Constructing Better Buildings | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
As sustainability advances, so too does the push to creating healthier interior environments for tenants’ workers, but many challenges exist on defining what this actually means and how best to measure it to create value.
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California Broker-Owned Escrows Need To Submit Activity Reports

California Broker-Owned Escrows Need To Submit Activity Reports | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
This applies to firms that operate a "broker-controlled escrow" that engaged in five or more transactions or whose escrow activities exceeded $1 million in the past calendar year.
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Forecasts Suggest Homebuyers’ “Typical Mortgage Payment” Could Rise Over 15 Percent This Year

Forecasts Suggest Homebuyers’ “Typical Mortgage Payment” Could Rise Over 15 Percent This Year | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The CoreLogic Home Price Index Forecast suggests U.S. home prices will rise less than 5 percent this year, but if some 2018 mortgage rate forecasts pan out the mortgage payments homebuyers face could increase closer to 15 percent.
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