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Majestic views: The winners of the International Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards

Majestic views: The winners of the International Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The competition features two main awards, Photographer of the Year – based on a body of four images, and Photograph of the Year – the best single image. There are also special single awards that are different every year. For this competition those special categories were: Sunset/Sunrise. Abstract Aerial, Snow and Ice, Mist and Fog, and Exemplary Tree.
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2019: The Year to Go Passive? 

2019: The Year to Go Passive?  | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

New modular systems, lower-cost products, and consumer interest in energy efficiency are bringing a 30-year-old German-based construction method into the mainstream. While its early adherents may have been thought of as eco-warriors intent on saving the earth, the Passive House technique is no longer on the fringes of residential buildin

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Google asks Supreme Court to overrule disastrous ruling on API copyrights

Google asks Supreme Court to overrule disastrous ruling on API copyrights | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
An application programming interface is the glue that holds complex software systems together. Until 2014, it was widely assumed that no one could use copyright law to restrict APIs' use—a view that promoted software interoperability.
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Wildlife Photographer Of The Year’s Winning Photo Is A Valentine’s Day Treat

Wildlife Photographer Of The Year’s Winning Photo Is A Valentine’s Day Treat | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
“These two adult males, probably brothers, greeted and rubbed faces for 30 seconds before settling down. Most people never have the opportunity to witness such animal sentience, and David was honored to have experienced and captured such a moment. The picture was taken in Ndutu, Serengeti, Tanzania.”
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PHOTOS: Canada's Hair Freezing Contest in -22°C weather

PHOTOS: Canada's Hair Freezing Contest in -22°C weather | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Every winter since 2011, people from around the world head to Canada's very northern Yukon Territory for the annual International Hair Freezing Contest, which sees them wet their hair, come up with the most creative hairstyle possible, then hope it freezes and molds in place for the perfect photo.
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Millennials would earn less to work at a sustainable company

Millennials would earn less to work at a sustainable company | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In a recent survey, nearly half of all respondents and three-quarters of millennial workers said the same thing; more than 10% of workers said they’d be willing to go as far as to take a $5,000-$10,000 pay cut.
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7 Markets With the Greatest Potential Impact of Down Payment Assistance

7 Markets With the Greatest Potential Impact of Down Payment Assistance | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
“We now know there are millions of buyers with the income and credit necessary to qualify to buy a home. The biggest question is: do they know it?” said Rob Chrane, CEO of Down Payment Resource. “Unfortunately, many renters don’t investigate homeownership simply because they don’t believe it’s an option. Yet, every community is served by some type of homeownership program.”
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Americans Are Abandoning Public Transit—but Don't Blame Uber

Americans Are Abandoning Public Transit—but Don't Blame Uber | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Today, many regions have cheap gas, easy-come auto loans, Uber, Lyft, and now a new breed of bike- and scooter-share. So transit users aren’t riding like they used to.
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Forget People, Elroy's Self-Flying Drone Hauls Heavy Cargo

Forget People, Elroy's Self-Flying Drone Hauls Heavy Cargo | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
“We’re developing a big cargo drone,” says Elroy CEO Dave Merrill. One that will carry 500 pounds and fly 300 miles at a time. One he intends to start testing this year and to put into service come 2020.
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Amazon opts out of building New York City headquarters

Amazon opts out of building New York City headquarters | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The company's plans for a campus in the borough of Queens were vigorously opposed by local politicians, who objected to tax subsidies and gentrification.
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NAR-Metro Home Prices Jump 4 Percent in 2018’s Fourth Quarter

NAR-Metro Home Prices Jump 4 Percent in 2018’s Fourth Quarter | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Single-family home prices increased in 92 percent of measured markets last quarter, with 163 out of 178 metropolitan statistical areas1 (MSAs) showing sales price gains in the fourth quarter compared to a year ago. Fourteen metro areas (8 percent) experienced double-digit increases, down from 18 in the third quarter.
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We just tried the new Google Maps AR feature for the first time

We just tried the new Google Maps AR feature for the first time | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
This is where the AR magic happens. When you hold your phone up to eye level, the standard map shrinks into a small circle at the bottom of the screen. The majority of your screen shows you the real world that's directly in front of you, as if you were looking through the camera.
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This mini-neighborhood for the homeless could be built in 90 days

This mini-neighborhood for the homeless could be built in 90 days | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The architects submitted the concept to the city as part of a request for shelters that could be built as quickly as possible, and it may later be constructed–though there is no sense yet of the total cost.
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Remote mountain cabin's hood offers protection from the elements

Remote mountain cabin's hood offers protection from the elements | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Constraint often proves fertile ground for inspiration and this indeed proved the case for Arkitektværelset AS. The Norwegian firm overcame a remote location and tricky terrain, as well as strict planning regulations while designing the unusually angular Hooded Cabin.
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Circular garden makes growing veggies indoors even easier than before

Circular garden makes growing veggies indoors even easier than before | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Up to 90 plants can be grown at the same time in the second generation indoor garden, including leafy greens, herbs, cherry tomatoes, baby peppers, strawberries and edible flowers. The eye-catching wheel can accommodate 60 plants, while an LED lit nursery shelf in the housing below can take 30.
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For First Time in 5 Years, Buyers Have More Selection to Start the Year (January 2019 Market Report)

For First Time in 5 Years, Buyers Have More Selection to Start the Year (January 2019 Market Report) | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
January marked the reversal of a longstanding trend in the housing market – a modest annual gain in for-sale inventory last month means that for the first time in at least a half decade, the U.S. housing market began the calendar year with more homes available for sale than the year prior.
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Timothy Leary’s LSD ranch is for sale in the San Jacinto Mountains 

Timothy Leary’s LSD ranch is for sale in the San Jacinto Mountains  | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

This 80-acre desert dwelling tucked away in the San Jacinto Mountains seems innocuous enough, but it once played host to a multimillion-dollar LSD operation known as the Brotherhood of Eternal Love.

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Gallery: Smartphone photography comes of age in the 8th Mobile Photography Awards

Gallery: Smartphone photography comes of age in the 8th Mobile Photography Awards | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In its 8th year, the Mobile Photography Awards has finally become more than a niche or novelty photography competition. Celebrating the artistry that can be created using current smartphone cameras, this year's winners demonstrate just how far the technology has come, with an incredible array of world-class photographs.
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VR Won’t Replace Model Homes Anytime Soon 

VR Won’t Replace Model Homes Anytime Soon  | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Nevertheless, some builders are relying less on built models in favor of virtual tours, web-based photo galleries, and videos. Does this mean that technology will eventually replace the traditional model home? Here, BUILDER asks five home building pros their views on the state of the model home.
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California Gov. Newsom calls for 'new data dividend' for consumers

California Gov. Newsom calls for 'new data dividend' for consumers | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

"California's consumers should also be able to share in the wealth that is created from their data," Newsom said from the State Capitol in Sacramento. The Democrat said tech companies that "make billions of dollars collecting, curating and monetizing our personal data have a duty to protect it."

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This Robot Debates and Cracks Jokes, but It's Still a Toaster

This Robot Debates and Cracks Jokes, but It's Still a Toaster | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The IBM reps said that the system works by drawing from a corpus of 10 billion sentences, which it can parse and understand in the context of the topic and what its debate opponent says. It also can concatenate those arguments—the robot equivalent of rhetorical technique.
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Nautical Richard Neutra–Designed House Hits Los Angeles Market

Nautical Richard Neutra–Designed House Hits Los Angeles Market | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Elements of Rados' livelihood are prominently featured through the house, including marine-grade mahogany wood beams, Terrazzo flooring, and a repurposed porthole window and door from one of the Harbour Boat Building Co.’s ships that serve as a doorway to an oversized swimming pool. The house's expansive windows dominate much of the house's stone and slatted wood siding façade.
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California housing affordability inches up in fourth quarter 2018, C.A.R. reports

California housing affordability inches up in fourth quarter 2018, C.A.R. reports | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The percentage of home buyers who could afford to purchase a median-priced, existing single-family home in California in fourth-quarter 2018 edged up to 28 percent from 27 percent in the third quarter of 2018 but was down from 29 percent in the fourth quarter a year ago, according to C.A.R.’s Traditional Housing Affordability Index (HAI).
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Most-Loved Neighborhoods Showcase the Nation’s Lust for Luxury, Leisure and Possibility

Most-Loved Neighborhoods Showcase the Nation’s Lust for Luxury, Leisure and Possibility | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
U.S. home shoppers shared plenty of love in 2018, and where was it spread shows the nation’s affinity for luxury, leisure and opportunity. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, Zillow identified the neighborhoods in the nation’s largest markets that received the most “love”[1] in the last calendar year.
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Phone booth cubicles are the hot new open plan office trend

Phone booth cubicles are the hot new open plan office trend | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In the past three years alone, half a dozen new companies have materialized out of thin air, all offering a new kind of office product. Call them pods. Boxes. Micro-offices. Phone booths. Cubicle nouveau. There’s no one name for them, but they all aim to fix the same problem: the misery of the modern open plan office.
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