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Closing times are speeding up REALTOR®Mag – Closing times were way down in February, falling from 51 days in January to 46 days for all loans last month, according to the latest Ellie Mae Origination Insight Report. Places where jobs and affordable housing intersect – Everyone’s dream is to find a city with great job opportunities and also affordable housing.  A combined study by Zillow and LinkedIn has found a few of those places that they call “Sweet Spots.” Bidding wars to heat up this SpringREALTOR®Mag – Likely to be a hallmark of this year’s spring home selling season: Bidding wars. As home listings are scarcer and buyer demand remains high, home shoppers are finding a lot more competition this spring, particularly in hot markets like the San Francisco Bay area, Denver, and Boston. The real estate industry has something the Internet can’t offer Washington Post – Real Trends, has been tracking for 40 years how U.S. real estate agents do their jobs. And over the past decade, the Internet has disrupted almost every aspect of a transaction that sits at the core of the American Dream. While the Internet has pummeled the middlemen in many… Technology News 5 tech tips that pro travelers use USA Today – Luggage? Check. Wallet? Yep. Tech? You bet. Today’s travelers likely have some high-tech companions to help keep them organized, productive, entertained, and in touch with those who matter. But to avoid any hiccups while on the road the following is a look at a few considerations before you pack your gear-to-go. Google Maps lets you record your parking location, time left at the meter TechCrunch – Google Maps has just added a handy feature that will help users remember where they parked. This appears as a new menu option when you tap the blue dot, and will place a “P” icon on the map so… Other News Spring cleaning is a perfect time to get your financial house in order USA Today – Monday was the first day of spring and thoughts of spring cleaning may be on your mind. In addition to sprucing up your home for the upcoming warm weather, it might be even more important to take some to time to spruce up your finances.