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HUD postpones ban on dual agency in FHA short sales

HUD postpones ban on dual agency in FHA short sales | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

In what appears to be a coup for the National Association of Realtors, a policy originally slated to take effect on Oct. 1 banning real estate agents and brokers from representing both a buyer and a seller in an FHA short-sale transaction has been postponed. 

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iOS 7 and real estate's future

iOS 7 and real estate's future | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
iPhone users have had their hands on Apple’s new iOS 7 operating system for a little under a week now. There’s lots to like. But this isn’t a post praising its new flatter design or rainbow color p...
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EBay’s PayPal Acquires Payments Gateway Braintree For $800M In Cash

EBay’s PayPal Acquires Payments Gateway Braintree For $800M In Cash | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Ebay's PayPal has acquired Chicago-based payments gateway Braintree, in an all-cash deal worth $800 million. We had originally reported that Braintree was on the block, with Square and PayPal both in acquisition talks for the company...
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Nest Labs To Open Up Its Learning Thermostat To Developers

Nest Labs To Open Up Its Learning Thermostat To Developers | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The Nest Learning Thermostat is about to get a little smarter (and perhaps the forthcoming Protect). Speaking at CEDIA Expo 2013, Tony Fadell, the company’s co-founder and CEO, just detailed an API that’s aimed at developers looking to integrate the Learning Thermostat within their ecosystem. Want one app to control your smart lighting, fan, security system and climate control?

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These Photos Of Tiny, Futuristic Japanese Apartments Show How Micro Micro-Apartments Can Be

These Photos Of Tiny, Futuristic Japanese Apartments Show How Micro Micro-Apartments Can Be | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Tiny city dwellings might be in vogue today. But in Japan people have been living in the Nakagin Capsule Tower's 100-square-foot housing for decades.
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Drop in U.S. Jobless Claims Increases Confidence

Drop in U.S. Jobless Claims Increases Confidence | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Jobless claims dropped by 5,000 to 305,000 in the week ended Sept. 21, a Labor Department report showed today in Washington. The monthly average was the lowest since 2007. The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index rose for the third straight week, another report showed.

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Housing is still looking up

Housing is still looking up | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
U.S. residential properties sold at an estimated annualized pace of 5.6 million in August, up 2% from the 5.5 million pace set in July and up 12% from the 5 million pace set the previous August.
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Congratulations to the new officers of the Egyptian Board of REALTORS

Congratulations to the new officers of the Egyptian Board of REALTORS | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Illinois Association of REALTORS® President-Elect Phil Chiles administered the oath of office for the induction of officers to the Egyptian Board of REALTORS®. The new officers are, left to right: President Jan Mandis, President-Elect Ayn Bartok and Treasurer Marianne James.

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Census Bureau: New Home Sales Leap 7.9% in August

Census Bureau: New Home Sales Leap 7.9% in August | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

New single-family home sales defied expectations in August, posting both monthly and yearly increases in the latest report from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

 

According to the report, new home sales in August reached a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 421,000, an increase of 7.9 percent from July and 12.6 percent from August 2012.

 

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7 ways most brands screw up the paperless office concept

7 ways most brands screw up the paperless office concept | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The paperless office is an increasingly popular concept adopted by businesses of all size, but there are some pitfalls to avoid.
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Patents Infringement: Visa Inc, Mastercard Inc, Starbucks Corporation, Sodastream International Ltd, Diamond Resorts International & Largan

Patents Infringement: Visa Inc, Mastercard Inc, Starbucks Corporation, Sodastream International Ltd, Diamond Resorts International  & Largan | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald issued his tentative ruling at a hearing in Los Angeles declaring that Visa Inc (NYSE:V) and Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA) have not infringed a patent owned by SmartMetric Inc., 

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A potpourri of patent news.

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Martha Stewart files lawsuit against Lodsys following patent infringement accusations

Martha Stewart files lawsuit against Lodsys following patent infringement accusations | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Lodsys, perhaps the poster child for patent trolls over the past few years, is happy to attack potential targets both big and small, and they've picked one that apparently isn't taking their attack lying down. 

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Don't mess with Martha, she knows a guy.

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Justin Timberlake shows you how dumb your hashtags are

Justin Timberlake shows you how dumb your hashtags are | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake have issued what is more or less a PSA for how to use hashtags responsibly (which means pretty much never). The two had a Twitter conversation in real life, showing how dumb most hashtags sound when read aloud.

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Pending Home Sales Decline in August

Pending Home Sales Decline in August | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Pending home sales slowed in August, with tight inventory conditions, higher interest rates, rising home prices and continuing restrictive mortgage credit impacting the market, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

Russ Bergeron's insight:

Not at MRED - 7 months in a row with an increase

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dave_hanna's comment, September 27, 2013 9:43 AM
Where are we with prices, August 2012 vs August 2013? median? Median? Average?
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Report: Nest will make a smoke detector

Report: Nest will make a smoke detector | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

After rethinking the thermostat, connected home goods company Nest will be tackling another essential home appliance: the smoke detector. Former Wall Street Journaltechnology reporter Jessica Lessin broke the news today on her website, and speculated that it could be part of a subscription service for the company.

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Google Hangouts And Google Talk Bug Resulting In Messages Going Out To The Wrong Recipients

Google Hangouts And Google Talk Bug Resulting In Messages Going Out To The Wrong Recipients | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A number of sources, including tipsters reporting directly to TechCrunch, as well as Google support forum posters and individuals on Twitter are reporting that Google's Hangouts service is having some trouble routing instant messages correctly.
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Zillow Sept. 2013 Credit Availability Study

Zillow Sept. 2013 Credit Availability Study | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

In 2010, Zillow used its unique access to mortgage data through Zillow Mortgage Marketplace to gain insights on credit availability. Now, 3 years later, we’re taking another look at how mortgage interest rates change with loan-to-value (LTV) ratios and credit score.  Since we last ran this analysis mortgage rates continued to drop to all-time lows, hitting bottom at 3.24% for 30-year fixed mortgages in December 2012.  They have since risen to surpass rates we saw when we ran this analysis in September 2010.

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Consumer Comfort in U.S. Increases for Third Consecutive Week

Consumer Comfort in U.S. Increases for Third Consecutive Week | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index rose in the week ended Sept. 22 to minus 28.1, the highest since the period ended Aug. 11, from minus 29.4. A gauge of personal finances advanced to a seven-week high as the fewest respondents since late April viewed their budgets as “poor.”

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The Most Effective Ways to Make It Right When You Screw Up

The Most Effective Ways to Make It Right When You Screw Up | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

This is usually either because the person or persons from whom you are seeking forgiveness really aren’t interested in forgiving, or because the transgression itself is deemed unforgivable. But more often than not, your apology falls flat because you’re apologizing the wrong way.

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LPS' August "First Look" Mortgage Report: Foreclosure Inventory Down 34 Percent Year-Over-Year, Lowest in 4 1/2 Years; Delinquency Rate Continues Decline

LPS' August "First Look" Mortgage Report: Foreclosure Inventory Down 34 Percent Year-Over-Year, Lowest in 4 1/2 Years; Delinquency Rate Continues Decline | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Lender Processing Services, Inc. (LPS), a leading provider of integrated technology, data and analytics to the mortgage and real estate industries, reports the following "first look" at August 2013 month-end mortgage performance statistics derived from its loan-level database representing approximately 70 percent of the overall market.

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Industry Veteran Dona Crane Joins EXIT Strategy Realty

Industry Veteran Dona Crane Joins EXIT Strategy Realty | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

EXIT Strategy Realty welcomes real estate veteran Dona Crane to its Chicago office as a broker associate/Realtor. Crane previously worked as the team leader and managing broker of Keller Williams’ Hyde Park office. 

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3 ways to stand out in a world of sheeple

3 ways to stand out in a world of sheeple | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
As the herd of sheeple increases in numbers, there are three things you can do right now to adopt a different mindset and stand out from the mindless herd.
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Russ Bergeron's comment, September 26, 2013 5:12 PM
Never happens in our business.
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Is it better to drink beer or coffee at work?

Is it better to drink beer or coffee at work? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The brain works dramatically differently when you drink beer versus when you drink coffee, but should you really drink either at work?
Russ Bergeron's insight:

Not sure, but definitely worth an experiment.

 

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Sandy Gilchrist's curator insight, September 26, 2013 10:50 PM

Pubs should start holding 'ideas' nights!

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Social media sites being banned on company computers

Social media sites being banned on company computers | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
With employers focusing on boosting the productivity of their employees, it is not surprising that more and more social networking sites are banned.
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Goes along with the beer versus coffee thing.

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Google Restricts Keyword Data

Google Restricts Keyword Data | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Google implemented encryption this week that blocks companies from seeing search information from individuals; next time you do a search look for the “https” with a padlock icon in the address bar of the browser.

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