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“While they were saying it couldn't be done, it was done.”

― Helen Keller

One of my all-time favorite quotes. Goodbye Google+
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Thank you for participating in the REALTORS³ Google+ Community.

I love social media and the ability to share information, network, collaborate and meet new people. I started this community as a way to meet you all, and learn from you as I journeyed through my Real Estate career.

You have provided me with ideas and insight, you've challenged my thinking and helped hone my skills.

I will always be grateful to those of you who chose to engage and share, your expertise has broadened the World around you, Thank you!

A special note to +Bill Gassett I have enjoyed immensely, engaging in meaningful conversation and social media testing and exploration over this 7-year experiment, with you and +Al Remetch. It would not have been the same had I not met u guys at the beginning.

NOTICE - ALL POSTING HAS BEEN IMMEDIATELY DISABLED TO PRESERVE THE FORUM.

IMPORTANT NOTICE FROM GOOGLE PLEASE READ -

At the beginning of this year, we started an effort called Project Strobe—a root-and-branch review of third-party developer access to Google account and Android device data and of our philosophy around apps’ data access. This project looked at the operation of our privacy controls, platforms where users were not engaging with our APIs because of concerns around data privacy, areas where developers may have been granted overly broad access, and other areas in which our policies should be tightened.

We’re announcing the first four findings and actions from this review today.

Finding 1: There are significant challenges in creating and maintaining a successful Google+ product that meets consumers’ expectations.

Action 1: We are shutting down Google+ for consumers.

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Here's 5 upgrades to negotiate when the builder won't move on price.

In new construction, the builder can be very resistant to negotiating the price of a new home. Builders often resist or refuse to lower the price of a new home for a variety of reasons.
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Mortgage Rate Update
Mortgage rates were mixed on the week as the impact of the Federal Reserve's more aggressive stance continues to slowly affect the market. The news was not all bad for borrowers, however, as the rates for several programs remained flat on the week. While key rates are trending higher, there are some reasons for borrowers to be optimistic.

The rates for 30 and 15 year fixed rate mortgages moved higher as the fears of a trade war receded and more positive labor and economic news hit the market. Mortgage rates for other programs, including FHA and VA loans, were steady which is positive for many first-time home buyers. It is clear that the Fed's hawkish outlook is starting to impact mortgage rates but there's also good news for borrowers in the latest FREEandCLEAR Mortgage Rate Update https://goo.gl/ZHX3PH
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Mortgage Rate Update
Mortgage rates were mixed on the week with the rates for 30 and 15 year fixed rate loans remaining flat while rates for FHA, VA and investment property mortgages inched higher. Mortgage rates have gradually increased over the course of January in response to rising treasury yields, strong labor market indicators and a robust stock market.

Although mortgage rates remain attractive by historical standards, they appear to be on an upward trajectory, driven higher in part by positive economic news to start the year. While mortgage rates are always impossible to predict all indicators suggest rates will move higher over the course of 2018.

In light of this backdrop, the flat rates we saw for several mortgage programs this week may represent an attractive financing opportunity for borrowers. We cover all these topics and more in the FREEandCLEAR Mortgage Rate Update https://goo.gl/rSbKAp
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FREDDIE MAC: U.S. housing market "on track to eclipse last year as the best in over a decade."

Rather than taking a step back this year, home sales now seem ready to best their 2016 numbers.

Freddie Mac's economists admit that, up until this month, their expectations were for the former (i.e. a 'step back'), but based on recent data, they now see the U.S. housing market "on track to eclipse last year as the best in over a decade."

The company's May Outlook credits housing's strong launch into 2017 in part to the surprising downward drift of interest rates since March.

Favorable rates, along with strong job growth, have bolstered housing demand, even as economic growth remains tepid-only 0.7 percent GDP growth in Q1.

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FREDDIE MAC: U.S. housing market "on track to eclipse last year as the best in over a decade."

Rather than taking a step back this year, home sales now seem ready to best their 2016 numbers.

Freddie Mac's economists admit that, up until this month, their expectations were for the former (i.e. a 'step back'), but based on recent data, they now see the U.S. housing market "on track to eclipse last year as the best in over a decade."

The company's May Outlook credits housing's strong launch into 2017 in part to the surprising downward drift of interest rates since March.

Favorable rates, along with strong job growth, have bolstered housing demand, even as economic growth remains tepid-only 0.7 percent GDP growth in Q1.
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