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An emerging model for emerging markets: Crowdfunded real estate

For global-minded investors, the economic growth of emerging markets commands attention. The property markets in particular of a number of developing countries are demonstrating highly impressive growth.

By Nivin Xavier

SOUTH AFRICA

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Zillow online real estate company buys Trulia

WASHINGTON, USA:Online real estate website Zillow announced it is buying rival Trulia in a $3.5bn stock deal that merges the two main firms in the sector.

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Google's Nest Labs buys Dropcam for $555m

WASHINGTON, US Google's Nest Labs said that it was buying video monitoring start-up Dropcam for a reported $555 million in cash.

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Mobile driving up US online retail sales

WASHINGTON, USA: US online retail sales are expected to grow to US$294bn this year, with nearly one-third of the total expenditure coming from mobile devices, according to Forrester Research.

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Four mistakes to avoid when buying property overseas

There comes a point when many of those who love to travel - especially those who travel frequently to the same beloved spot - begin to daydream about carving out a little piece of paradise for their very own.

By Einat Mazafi

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Apple 'space-ship' campus plan cleared for 'lift-off'

SAN FRANCISCO, USA: Apple's plan to build a verdant new campus crowned with a shimmering flying-saucer shaped headquarters was cleared for 'lift-off' Tuesday, 15 October.

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Deadly Oklahoma tornado kills hundreds

WASHINGTON, USA: A powerful tornado with winds of up to 320km/h pulverised an Oklahoma City suburb on Monday (20 May), hitting at least two schools and wiping out blocks of homes. Up to 100 people were reportedly killed.

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Lights, camera, action from AT&T

SAN FRANCISCO, USA: American company AT&T has launched software that allows customers to use smartphones or tablets to activate alarm systems, switch on lights, open doors for guests or adjust the temperature inside the home.

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Leading Real Estate Companies of the World expands global footprint

CHICAGO, US: Leading Real Estate Companies of the World (LeadingRE), a global brokerage services network of 500+ real estate firms with 140 000 associates worldwide, has added 27 new firms with nearly 60 offices and 2000 associates this year in the US and nine countries abroad.

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Luxury Portfolio International releases latest magazine

CHICAGO, US: The fall edition of the Luxury Portfolio International Magazine is now available on newsstands and is also being offered online. The publication, produced biannually by the real estate network Luxury Portfolio International, focuses on spectacular homes and trends in luxury living.

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