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Fla.’s Home Sales and Prices Up, Inventory Tight in March

Fla.’s Home Sales and Prices Up, Inventory Tight in March | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Closed sales of single-family homes statewide in March totaled 32,819, up 23.3% year-over-year, while existing condo-townhouse sales totaled 16,518, up 52.6% over March 2020. Closed sales may occur from 30- to 90-plus days after sales contracts are written.
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Housing Market Reaches Record-High Home Price and Gains in March

Housing Market Reaches Record-High Home Price and Gains in March | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Total existing-home sales,1 https://www.nar.realtor/existing-home-sales, completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, decreased 3.7% from February to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 6.01 million in March. Sales overall climbed year-over-year, up 12.3% from a year ago (5.35 million in March 2020).
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Developers are building neighborhoods just for renters

Developers are building neighborhoods just for renters | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
But when the first residents move in later this year, it’s not the American Dream they’ll be fulfilling, but a new American reality. The single-family homes at Beacon Lake Lanier are being built specifically for renters.
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Drought in the Southwest: watch how Lake Mead has shrunk in recent decades

Drought in the Southwest: watch how Lake Mead has shrunk in recent decades | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Lake Mead’s recent contractions are concerning because the body supplies water to 25 million people across Arizona, Nevada, California, and Mexico. Built in 1936, the Hoover Dam and the attached reservoir have shaped the geography of the West, making life in Las Vegas and Los Angeles possible.

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Apple podcast subscription service details explained

Apple podcast subscription service details explained | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The logic, as Apple executives have told me for several years, was that they didn’t think podcasts could be a meaningful business for the company and were happy to let podcast creators distribute their stuff on Apple’s devices and software for free. Podcasters can still do that, by the way: Apple won’t require anyone to charge anything for podcasts.

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This $25M Waterfront Mansion in Boca Raton Can Dock Your Superyacht –

This $25M Waterfront Mansion in Boca Raton Can Dock Your Superyacht – | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
But for the best view in the house, try the glass-sided, soaking pool high up on the second floor deck. Fed by a cascading waterfall, it’s perfect for just sitting back, chilling and watching OPBs—Other People’s Boats—cruise by. “The pool’s glass sides give you this amazing feeling of floating in the sky,”
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Photos: 50 stunning photos of Earth

Photos: 50 stunning photos of Earth | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Earth Day's organizers aim to highlight how many species are facing extinction and what can be done to save them. By creating nature sanctuaries, both on land and below the sea, environmental activists are trying to create safe spaces in which wildlife can thrive.
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Spectacular sights in the 7th Fine Art Photography Awards

Spectacular sights in the 7th Fine Art Photography Awards | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Recalling prior years, the 7th annual contest again reveals its strongest images through a deeper dive into the shortlisted category entries. These categories cover all bases: Nature, Wildlife/Animals, Architecture, Fashion, Travel, Portrait, Cityscape, Street Photography, Night Photography, Landscape, and plenty more.
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The Best Work-From-Home Cities for 2021 | PCMag

The Best Work-From-Home Cities for 2021 | PCMag | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
To gauge the remote-working potential of towns, we started with gigabit connections. BroadbandNow says that about 56% of the US can get gigabit internet now, but it's not always affordable, and it doesn't always give you the upload speeds you need for true remote working.
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Self-contained SmartFarm grows plants using water drawn from the air

Self-contained SmartFarm grows plants using water drawn from the air | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In many parts of the world there may not be much precipitation, but there is a fair amount of water vapor in the air – particularly at night. An experimental new device draws in that vapor, then uses it to irrigate edible plants.
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The incredible overall winners of the 2021 Sony World Photography Awards

The incredible overall winners of the 2021 Sony World Photography Awards | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Following a couple of months of smaller announcements, the Sony World Photography Awards has revealed its professional winners and overall Photographer of the Year. Now in its 14th year, this prestigious photography competition again delivers a strong assortment of images, from striking photojournalism to surreal landscape imagery.
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How Winnipeg Became the Slurpee Capital of the World | Mental Floss

How Winnipeg Became the Slurpee Capital of the World | Mental Floss | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
It’s since become embedded in local culture. There’s a market for actual Slurpee machines sold to private parties. During the store’s Bring Your Own Cup events, locals have been known to bring kitchen sinks and kiddie pools to fill up with the slush. You can even find Slurpees at weddings and in maternity wards.
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If I had been forced to move to Canada after the 20202 election, this is where I was going.
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CoStar Group to Acquire Homes.com for $156M — RISMedia |

CoStar Group to Acquire Homes.com for $156M — RISMedia | | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
As technology companies continue to bolster their offerings, real estate brokerages are taking the lead on laying claim to their own data by looking toward proprietary systems and inclusive software that negate the need to leave the brokerage and seek out third-party services for listing data, CRMs, lead generation, marketing, etc.
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Illinois home sales and prices shift higher in March

Illinois home sales and prices shift higher in March | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in March 2021 totaled 14,900 homes sold, up 20.2 percent from 12,392 in March 2020.

The statewide median price in March was $249,000, up 15.3 percent from $216,000 in March 2020. The median is a typical market price where half the homes sold for more and half sold for less.
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Hispanic homeownership surged in 2020

Hispanic homeownership surged in 2020 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Hispanic homeownership in the U.S. climbed significantly in 2020 – there are now 8.8 million Hispanic homeowners in the country, according to a report released this week by the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals. That’s 725,000 more than in 2019.
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FHFA Extends COVID-Related Loan Flexibilities

FHFA Extends COVID-Related Loan Flexibilities | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Extended flexibilities include alternative appraisals on purchase and rate-term refinance loans; alternative methods of documenting income and verifying employment before a loan closing; and expanding the use of power of attorney to assist with loan closings.
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Amazon brings hand-scanning payment option to Whole Foods stores

Amazon brings hand-scanning payment option to Whole Foods stores | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The first time they register to use this tech, a customer will scan their palm and insert their payment card at a terminal; after that, they can simply pay with their hand. The hand-scanning tech isn’t just for Amazon’s own stores — the company hopes to sell it to other retailers, including competitors.
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Solar Decathlon Build Challenge: 2021 winners are green and beautiful

Solar Decathlon Build Challenge: 2021 winners are green and beautiful | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The next generation of energy-efficient homes is on its way. Nine new homes have just completed construction in cities across the United States, offering a glimpse of how homes can be green, affordable, and beautiful.
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FHA Revises Standard Single-Family Servicing Policies

FHA Revises Standard Single-Family Servicing Policies | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
"With these updates, we have strengthened the ability of servicers to reach and help more struggling borrowers with FHA-insured mortgages, more quickly,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Housing Lopa Kolluri. “The updates to our policies will ensure quality servicing activities, streamline servicing requirements, more closely align our servicing policies with industry servicing practices, and improve outcomes.”
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AIA celebrates outstanding American interior design

AIA celebrates outstanding American interior design | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A desert retreat, a wood-carved theater, and a former shipyard are three standout projects that feature in the 2021 Interior Architecture Awards. Join us as we take a look at the best new interior design that the United States has to offer, as chosen by the prestigious American Institute of Architects (AIA).
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Remarkable circular home merges seamlessly with Polish forest

Remarkable circular home merges seamlessly with Polish forest | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Envisioned by Przemysław Olczyk Mobius Architekci as a section of tree trunk, the Circle Wood is an unusual circular home situated within a forest clearing in Poland. The residence takes its place remarkably well among the trees and hosts a private garden atrium at its center.
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You Can Buy This Modern Beverly Hills Mansion With Bitcoin—or $65M –

You Can Buy This Modern Beverly Hills Mansion With Bitcoin—or $65M – | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
One of our other favorite highlights to this residence—called Wallace Ridge and located in the Trousdale section of Beverly Hills—is the Zen-like glassed-in courtyard where a single olive tree stands like a sculpture against the background of a stone wall. The 150-year old tree was imported from Tuscany. Water cascades down the marble wall, and the glass doors open to let in breezes and the soothing sound of the waterfall.
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Elevated park brings together communities divided by aging railway yard

Elevated park brings together communities divided by aging railway yard | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
An international collaboration made up of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, PLP Architecture, Carlo Ratti Associati, as well as Outcomist and Arup, is working on a project to transform a Milan railway yard into a tree-filled park with a High Line-style raised walkway. Named Parco Romana, it will involve the creation of new office space and some housing for Olympic athletes, too.
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Calif - March home sales and price report

Calif - March home sales and price report | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
March home sales decreased 3.5 percent from 462,720 in February and were up 19.7 percent from a year ago, when 373,070 homes were sold on an annualized basis. While still solid, the monthly sales decline was the third in a row, and the sales pace was the lowest since last July. The near-20 percent sales gain can be attributed partly to weak home sales a year ago as the Coronavirus outbreak abruptly halted the real estate market and economy.  
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How NYC's 5 Boroughs Got Their Names

How NYC's 5 Boroughs Got Their Names | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The place-names of New York City represent its storied history and the diverse group of people who have inhabited these places. In his new book, Names of New York, which was recently featured in The New Yorker and The New York Times, author Joshua Jelly-Schapiro explores how the history and culture of New York City, as well as some misinterpretations and legends, have influenced the names of its neighborhoods, roads, and natural features.
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