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  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau taking mortgage complaints seriously April 22, 2014
    A Realtor friend of mine recently asked me about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: “Do they really do anything when somebody submits a complaint about their mortgage company? Can I tell clients that it’s not a waste of time to ... […]
    Ken Harney
  • Evernote: very cool real estate tech tips No. 6 (6 of 10) April 22, 2014
    Evernote is a very cool program that, like Dropbox, you can put on all of your devices for access. Also, like Dropbox, it is one of those things that I have had for a couple of years and never used. It wasn't until I saw the CEO of Evernote, Phil Libin, interviewed by Charlie Rose that realized I was missing out and needed to finally check it out ...
    ActiveRain
  • Existing-home sales remain flat April 22, 2014
    Sales of existing homes in March underperformed by historical standards, with purchases remaining mostly flat, the National Association of Realtors reported today. Existing-home sales slid 0.2 percent from February to March, to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.59 million, a 7.5 percent ... […]
    Teke Wiggin
  • Home values in 20 percent of US housing markets headed for record highs within a year April 22, 2014
    Home values in almost 20 percent of all U.S. metros will surpass their housing boom peaks over the next year, and affordability problems that have begun to affect a fraction of markets may spread to others over the next few ... […]
    Teke Wiggin
  • Placester will expand business model with $5.5M in funding April 22, 2014
    Armed with a new round of $5.5 million in Series A funding, real estate website developer Placester will begin powering real estate sites for local publishers — starting with those owned by the media giant Hearst Corporation. The funding, led ... […]
    Paul Hagey
  • Gabrielle Giffords’ husband, gun control advocate Mark Kelly, to keynote NAR convention April 22, 2014
    Mark Kelly — a retired astronaut turned gun control advocate after his wife, former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, was nearly killed in a 2011 mass shooting — will deliver the keynote address at the National Association of Realtors’ annual conference ... […]
    Inman News
  • Does your home inspector use a thermal camera? You had better hope so April 22, 2014
    This is what you and I see. A pretty basement wall, in a flip, with new drywall, new receptacles, new floor molding and new carpeting. This is what my clients saw online. Along with a couple dozen other photos. All of the photos were just as spectacular! ...
    ActiveRain
  • VScreen launches automated listing video platform for brokers April 22, 2014
    Brokers looking to create videos for their listings have a new tool that will do it automatically — in real time. ListingVideos.com from VScreen pulls listing data like photos and home stats from a broker’s multiple listing service data feed, ... […]
    Paul Hagey
  • What we are lacking right now is not intelligence, but wisdom April 22, 2014
    “When you look around the world right now, you see an amazing number of leaders, with very high IQs, making terrible decisions,” says Huffington Post Media Group Chairwoman, President and Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington. “The problem is not that they are not ... […]
    Inman News
  • Are you ready for the next Heartbleed bug? April 22, 2014
    The recent of announcement of the Heartbleed bug caused mass confusion and panic across the Web. Although there are still some websites that are vulnerable to the exploit, the majority of the Web’s most popular sites have been patched. Encryption ... […]
    Tom Flanagan