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Facebook Is Coming After Snapchat From All Sides

Source: Statista

When Snapchat’s parent company Snap warned potential investors about its business facing “significant competition” one name immediately sprang to mind: Facebook. The world’s largest social networking company poses a huge risk to Snap’s future success as it competes with the latter’s breakthrough app on several fronts.

Not only is Facebook unchallenged in terms of its nearly universal reach, the company also seems adamant to let itself be “inspired” by its arising competitor Snapchat. Starting with the introduction of Instagram Stories in August 2016, Facebook introduced many new functions to its apps recently that are eerily reminiscent of Snapchat’s most beloved features.

With Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger and Facebook’s namesake platform, Mark Zuckerberg’s company is attacking Snapchat from all sides. Considering the size of Facebook’s user base and financial power, it’ll be interesting to see how Snap manages to fend off its personal Goliath.

This chart shows the Snapchat-inspired features introduced to Facebook’s messaging apps recently.

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NAR Government Affairs – Bill Improves, Extends Flood Insurance

In the following video, from the REALTOR Magazine YoutTube channel, NAR Government Affairs discusses what’s happening in Congress on reform and reauthorization of federal flood insurance. The insurance expires later this year but lawmakers indicate they want to ensure its extended before it expires.

LinkedIn-Zillow Research Finds Places Where Jobs and Affordable Housing Intersect

– Tech workers end the month with thousands more in disposable income in Seattle than San Francisco after paying for housing and income taxes, according to a new report from Zillow and LinkedIn

– Seattle tech workers who own their homes can expect to have about $2,000 more in disposable income each month than tech workers in the Bay Area. Seattle tech workers keep an average of 59 percent of their income after paying taxes and housing, while Bay Area tech workers pocket only 37 percent.

– Healthcare workers have the best shot at a job and an affordable home in Phoenix, Indianapolis, and Boston, according to the analysis.

– Among large markets, Charlotte, Chicago and Dallas offer the greatest chance of a good job and affordable housing for finance workers.

Seattle, WA and San Francisco, CA – March 16, 2017 (PRNewswire) There’s a good reason thousands of technology workers are flocking to Seattle: the math works out. Tech workers who rent in Seattle can expect to have around $5,500 left over each month after covering taxes and rental housing costs. In San Francisco, they’re left with about $4,000.

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Zillow and LinkedIn combined housing and employment data to analyze a common set of priorities: an affordable rental home and a good job. The two companies used job listings data, salary data, and the percent of workers hired in the past yeari in three industries: health care, technology, and finance. By analyzing income tax rates and Zillow’s median rent dataii, they were able to find housing markets across the country where those workers can pocket the largest share of their income after paying rent.

For technology workers who rent, Seattle, Austin and Pittsburgh, Penn. came out on top among the housing markets analyzed, with the Bay Area at #4. Finance workers will find job and rental housing harmony most easily in Charlotte, NC, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Phoenix. Healthcare workers’ best bets are Phoenix, Indianapolis, Ind., and Boston.

Over the past decade, housing prices in coastal markets have shot up, in large part due to demand from workers following high-paying jobs. West Coast housing affordability is the worst in the nation; renters and home owners there often spend nearly half the median income to rent a typical home, while a rental in the middle of the country costs more like 25 percent of the median income.

Perhaps one of the biggest surprises of the findings is that tech workers do OK in the Bay Area, despite its notoriously high housing prices. The median home value in the San Francisco area is $789,300. Taking a tech job in the Denver area, where the median home value is $348,700, actually costs the average Denver tech worker about $140 a month, considering lower salaries there.

Salaries for other industries don’t hold up as well in the San Francisco area, though. Even highly-paid finance workers keep only about 32 percent of their incomes after paying for housing and taxes. In Charlotte or Chicago, they can pocket a median of 61 percent.

“High demand and inventory shortages have driven up housing prices in some markets so much that even if you land a great job, the salary might not cover living within commuting distance,” said Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell. “On the other hand, the nation’s most affordable housing markets don’t always offer plentiful employment opportunities. Housing is the biggest line item in most people’s budgets, so we did the math for you and found ‘sweet spots’ — places with great job markets and housing markets that will leave you with some cash at the end of the month.”

“As we’ve seen in LinkedIn’s Workforce Reports, hiring has been strong in the U.S. We also know that having insight into where your earnings go further is important to job seekers,” said Paul Ko, the head of analytics for LinkedIn’s Economic Graph. “That’s why these Sweet Spots are so attractive, as these cities are experiencing higher-than-average hiring rates, combined with good salaries and more disposable income.”

For more information about methodology, check out Zillow Research.

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(i) Zillow analyzed the share of professionals on LinkedIn that indicated a job change in 2016, the number of unique job listings on LinkedIn in 2016, and the median wage reported on LinkedIn for a given industry and job market, through January 2017.

(ii) The Zillow Rent Index (ZRI) is the median Rent Zestimate® (estimated monthly rental price) for a given geographic area on a given day, and includes the value of all single-family residences, condominiums, cooperatives and apartments in Zillow’s database, regardless of whether they are currently listed for rent. It is expressed in dollars.

(iii) The Sweet Spot Ranking is based on an index that includes labor market velocity, job listings, salaries, and rental housing costs for renters in different housing and job markets across the country.