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U.S. Pending Home Sales Increase by Most in Three Months
Jul 31, 2019 6:15 AM ET

U.S. Pending Home Sales Increase by Most in Three Months

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 31, 2019 - The index for pending home sales rose by 2.8 percent month-over-month in June. (Bloomberg)—Contract signings to purchase previously owned U.S. homes rose in June by the most in three months, indicating demand may pick up with the help of lower mortgage rates and steady job growth. The index of pending home sales increased 2.8% from the previous month, exceeding the most optimistic forecast in a Bloomberg survey of economists, data. [more...]

Jul 31, 2019 6:14 AM ET

These Companies Are Using AI To Change The Real Estate Game

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 31, 2019 - It seems like every industry is betting on artificial intelligence to help revolutionize how things are done. It is no different in real estate, where new technology companies are looking to help buyers and renters in their searches. Here are a few companies doing just that. Nobbas Headquartered in Montreal, this company is looking to help target what renters and buyers are looking for in a property and allow roommates. [more...]

10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (July 30, 2019)
Jul 31, 2019 6:10 AM ET

10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (July 30, 2019)

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 31, 2019 - A new breed of real estate investors is going after properties damaged by natural disasters, reports the Wall Street Journal. The New York Times looks at how “developer” became a dirty word. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry. The New Storm Chasers: Real Estate Disaster Investors “After Hurricane Michael swept over the Florida Panhandle last October, destroying thousands of homes and taking dozens of. [more...]

Jul 31, 2019 6:04 AM ET

Pending home sales rise in June, helped by Western gains

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 31, 2019 - Pending home sales rose in June, with activity particularly brisk in the western part of the U.S., a trade group said Tuesday. The National Association of Realtors said pending home sales climbed 2.8%, with gains in each of the four major regions, including a 5.4% jump in the West. Compared to 12 months ago, sales rose 1.6%, the first year-over-year gain in 17 months. The NAR attributed the gain to. [more...]

Capital One breach – 100 million users’ data stolen
Jul 31, 2019 6:00 AM ET

Capital One breach – 100 million users’ data stolen

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 31, 2019 - Global financial services company Capital One has just announced a massive data breach: The breach notification starts in general terms: Capital One Financial Corporation announced today that on July 19, 2019, it determined there was unauthorized access by an outside individual who obtained certain types of personal information relating to people who had applied for its credit card products and to Capital One credit card customers. The company continues: Capital. [more...]

Jul 31, 2019 6:00 AM ET

Property Management Options Got You Down? Here’s an Alternative for Long-Distance Investors

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 31, 2019 - Long-distance investing is a blessing. Let me say that again: Being far enough away from your properties that you cannot visit them every other hour is a blessing. For most of my real estate career, I house hacked or lived about 20 minutes away. I was cutting the grass, cleaning the units, and waking up at 4 a.m. on snowstorm days to shovel my driveways. (Yes, shovel.) Why would I pay someone. [more...]

Jul 30, 2019 6:35 AM ET

First American: Consumer house-buying power could rise to new heights in 2019

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 30, 2019 - In May, home prices fell 0.7%, declining 3.7% year over year, according to First American’s Real House Price Index. According to First American’s data, unadjusted house prices sit 3.2% above the housing boom peak. Whereas consumer buying power rose 1.3% between April and May, rising 9.3% year over year. When consumer house-buying power is factored in, home prices are actually 41.1% below their 2006 peak and 17% below prices from January 2000. “Later this week,. [more...]

Jul 30, 2019 6:35 AM ET

Android exploit code emerges, ransomware goes south, Citrix calls off hack probe, and more

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 30, 2019 - Louisiana declares state of emergency over ransomware A massive ransomware infection spreading among Louisiana school districts has caused the governor to declare a state of emergency – a designation usually reserved for natural disasters or widespread civil unrest. The declaration was made by Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards after three different districts reported having their data encrypted by ransomware infections. In addition to declaring the emergency, the governor has called in the. [more...]

Jul 30, 2019 6:30 AM ET

Stock Shortage To Drive Sydney’s Rebound

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 30, 2019 - The stock shortage in Sydney could drive the property market to recovery, with pricier regions already benefitting from the emerging rebound, according to the latest data. The scarcity of sellers during winter made buying problematic. Auction listings dropped by 25% because homeowners refused to sell in the wake of the 15% decline in values over the past two years, realestate.com.au said. The shortage resulted in early-bird sellers attracting a large. [more...]

Save the Date: 2019 CISA Cybersecurity Summit
Jul 30, 2019 6:30 AM ET

Save the Date: 2019 CISA Cybersecurity Summit

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 30, 2019 - The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) will be hosting the 2019 CISA Cybersecurity Summit from September 18-20, 2019, at National Harbor, MD. This summit will provide a forum for critical infrastructure stakeholders to discuss current cybersecurity topics, including emerging technologies, vulnerability management, incident response, and risk mitigation. CISA encourages interested participants to visit the 2019 CISA Cybersecurity Summit webpage for more information. [more...]

Jul 30, 2019 6:25 AM ET

Up! Up! Up! UK house prices rise £11 a day … but London prices drop

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 30, 2019 - British homes have increased in value by an average of £11 per day since the beginning of the year, but with huge regional variations. The data, from Zoopla, says that for the UK as a whole £2,046 has been added to the value of the average home in the first six months of 2019. On a regional level, the West Midlands leads the way with homes increasing by £36.58 per. [more...]

Jul 30, 2019 6:20 AM ET

NAS targeted by brute force ransomware attacks

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 30, 2019 - Network Attached Storage (NAS) company Synology has issued an urgent warning for owners to check their box’s security settings after it emerged cybercriminals are targeting numerous NAS vendors with a new wave of ransomware. At first it was thought that recent attacks could be exploiting an unknown software vulnerability in Synology’s products, but according to the company it has since been established that the attackers’ method is a much simpler but still. [more...]

Jul 30, 2019 6:20 AM ET

How to secure your data as you go digital

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 30, 2019 - To scale more efficiently and serve customers better, companies are moving more workloads and services to the cloud. According to IDG, 37 percent of companies are increasing their digital business, and 45 percent are in the process of becoming digital-first businesses. In fact, almost half of executives believe the digital sphere will help drive bottom-line revenue growth. But digital transformation also brings a new set of worries about security. Managing access to company information. [more...]

Jul 30, 2019 6:10 AM ET

House buyers numbers fell slightly in June, latest agent research shows

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 30, 2019 - The number of house hunters registered per estate agent branch fell slightly in June but remains high for the year as the housing market continues to show resilience, according to the latest industry report. They fell from 307 to 305 but year on year demand has only fall by 1%. In June 2018 there was an average of 308 house hunters per branch, the housing report from the National Association. [more...]

Jul 30, 2019 6:10 AM ET

Capital One Data Breach Affects 106 Million Customers; Hacker Arrested

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 30, 2019 - Another week, another massive data breach.Capital One, the fifth-largest U.S. credit-card issuer and banking institution, has recently suffered a data breach exposing the personal information of more than 100 million credit card applicants in the United States and 6 million in Canada.The data breach that occurred on March 22nd and 23rd this year allowed attackers to steal information of customers who had applied for a credit card between 2005 and. [more...]

Jul 30, 2019 6:10 AM ET

4 Network Security Mistakes Bound to Bite You

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 30, 2019 - Just like sharks off the Florida coast, encrypted threats are lurking in network traffic. And as the volume of transport layer security (TLS) encrypted traffic rises exponentially, organizations become even more vulnerable to attacks. Ouch! We all cringe at the reports of shark sightings each summer. If you're one of the 35 million viewers planning to partake in the cultural feeding frenzy that is Shark Week, I offer you a primer. Here we marry our. [more...]

Jul 30, 2019 6:00 AM ET

Latest analysis tracks slowing of the housing market in England and Wales

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 30, 2019 - The housing market is slowing in England and Wales with average prices of existing homes rising just 0.3% year on year, the weakest performance since 2011, according to the latest analysis. Month on month prices were up by 0.9% and sales fell by 2.5% year on year, the fastest fall since 2008, the report from London Central Portfolio (LCP) shows, taking the average price to £255,050. But new builds are. [more...]

Record £100,000 fine for illegal short term subletting in London
Jul 30, 2019 6:00 AM ET

Record £100,000 fine for illegal short term subletting in London

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 30, 2019 - A council tenant in London has been ordered to pay over £100,000 after being taken to court for illegally subletting his social housing flat in Victoria as a holiday home through Airbnb. Legal action was taken by Westminster City Council against Toby Harman, 37, after it was found that the property on Vauxhall Bridge Road had been advertised on Airbnb with over 300 reviews dating back to 2013. Westminster City. [more...]

Jul 30, 2019 6:00 AM ET

Microsoft preps to purge its cloud access security broker of shonky crypto protocols TLS 1.0, 1.1

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 30, 2019 - Transport Level Security (TLS) 1.0 and 1.1 is to be axed for users of Microsoft Cloud App Security (MCAS) from 8 September as the company shores up security with a requirement for TLS 1.2+. It has been a while coming. The company announced that it wanted to kill off TLS 1.0 and 1.1 last year, joining with Apple, Google and Mozilla in agreeing that 2020 would be when the tech would. [more...]

Jul 29, 2019 6:40 AM ET

3 Things to Consider When Buying Properties Internationally

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 29, 2019 - Let’s talk about buying properties internationally. Guys, I’d like to consider myself a pretty well-traveled person. I remember that my mother and I would constantly travel back and forth between Australia and Europe, and I was fortunate enough to play professional soccer when I was 18 and lived in Hong Kong. Right now, my mother is living in Croatia, my dad’s in Australia, and I live in the U.S. I. [more...]

Jul 29, 2019 6:30 AM ET

Cloud adoption and security are not mutually exclusive

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 29, 2019 - As organizations continue to adopt cloud services to achieve their desired business objectives, many don’t realize that the thing that makes cloud computing great – speed, agility, easy implementation and scalability – also make it a nightmare for many security departments.   “The paradigm of cloud computing goes hand in hand with a cultural change that is much bigger than the shift to the cloud itself,” Avi Shua, CEO and co-founder of. [more...]

Jul 29, 2019 6:25 AM ET

Building And Designing Homes For People With Disabilities

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 29, 2019 - When the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became a law 1990, it ensured legal rights across a variety of areas from employment to education, transportation and public accommodations in commercial buildings. While it addressed many major issues, one area where people with disabilities and their families continue to struggle is being able to live comfortably in their own homes.  While there are standards to make private homes accessible, that doesn't necessarily ensure. [more...]

Jul 29, 2019 6:20 AM ET

Mortgage rates boost multifamily investments in Q1

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 29, 2019 - Falling mortgage rates have provided a welcome boost to the multifamily market, according to the latest report from Freddie Mac, which showed that multifamily investment rose in the first quarter of 2019. Thanks to a decline in mortgage rates and an ongoing increase in net operating income, Freddie Mac's Multifamily Apartment Investment Market Index, or AIMI, rose 2.4% in Q1. Freddie Mac's AIMI puts together rental income, property prices and mortgage rates to show investors how multifamily housing. [more...]

Jul 29, 2019 6:15 AM ET

This is how a lack of housing affordability is impacting America’s middle class

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 29, 2019 - In June, America’s home prices rose by 3.4% from the previous month. Although this rate remains significantly lower than its 2018 level, Redfin indicates that home price appreciation has now grown by a whopping 9% in the nation’s most affordable markets. “Home prices were up 3.4% in June, a modest growth rate compared to the 7 to 9 percent price jumps regularly seen in early 2018, and mortgage interest rates are lower than they’ve. [more...]

Jul 29, 2019 6:00 AM ET

Ceiling Heights Are Sealing Real Estate Deals For The Well-Heeled

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 29, 2019 - Quick, name a residential attribute representing the height of elegance. These days, it just might be lofty ceilings. Ceiling height denotes sophistication, exclusivity and design flair, and that’s not the limit of its elevated benefits, as we will see in a moment. But first it's worth noting more and more buyers are seeking high ceilings in the homes they consider. A recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders. [more...]

Chrome 76 blocks websites from detecting incognito mode
Jul 28, 2019 6:05 AM ET

Chrome 76 blocks websites from detecting incognito mode

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 28, 2019 - Have you ever bypassed a website paywall using a browser’s privacy mode? It used to be a simple hack to read an article without registering, paying, or logging in to the publisher’s website. But subscription-based websites caught on. Now, for example, visit any article on The Washington Post news site while in Google Chrome’s Incognito mode, and you’ll get the following message: We noticed you’re browsing in private mode. Private. [more...]

Hacked Bulgarian database reaches online forums
Jul 28, 2019 6:00 AM ET

Hacked Bulgarian database reaches online forums

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 28, 2019 - Data on millions of people stolen from the Bulgarian government has already popped up on hacker trading forums. A hacker originally stole the data from the National Revenue Agency (NRA), which is part of Bulgaria’s Ministry of Finance, sending media outlets a link to the downloadable copy last Monday, 15 July 2019. The NRA confirmed this in a statement on its website. After analysing the leak, it said that the data had. [more...]

OpSec Security Teams with Consero for Brand Protection & Anti-Counterfeiting Executive Roundtable
Jul 27, 2019 6:30 AM ET

OpSec Security Teams with Consero for Brand Protection & Anti-Counterfeiting Executive Roundtable

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 27, 2019 - LANCASTER, Pa., -- OpSec Security, the global leader in anti-counterfeiting and brand protection solutions, has partnered with Consero in sponsoring their exclusive Brand Protection & Anti-Counterfeiting Executive Roundtable. Consero Group is an international leader in creating high-level, invitation-only events for senior executives. Since its inception in 2010, the company has hosted over 200 events in the U.S. and Europe across a variety of industries.  Breaking the traditional conference model, Consero event. [more...]

Jul 27, 2019 6:30 AM ET

New IPS Architecture Uses Network Flow Data for Analysis

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 27, 2019 - Can a stream of data intended for network performance monitoring be the basis of network security? One company says the answer is 'yes.'   Network control and management components communicate with one another through flows — information generated and collected in data's passage through the routers, switches, and other network components scattered throughout the network. Now, a company is putting flow information to a new use: protecting the network. Netography has launched. [more...]

Jul 26, 2019 6:25 AM ET

Senate Report: US Election Security ‘Sorely Lacking’ in 2016

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 26, 2019 - WASHINGTON — The Senate Intelligence Committee released abipartisan report Thursday on Russian election interference that found the U.S. election infrastructure was unprepared to combat “extensive activity” by Russia that began in 2014 and carried on at least into 2017. The report was issued just one day after former special counsel Robert Mueller warned U.S. lawmakers that he believes Russia will seek to interfere again in the 2020 campaign and that “many more countries” are also. [more...]