* Real Bird reports that they’ve just completed an integration of the RealBird Map-based MLS Search service with the Northwest MLS (NWMLS) IDX feed. This could be an inexpensive way for an individual to put an interactive map on their site without a lot of fuss. Check out the new interactive search HERE. It’s only $159 a year and exports listings to Google Base, Edgeio and, it says, “1000′s of syndication partners”.
* Technorati launches a new newsletter called The Buzz Monitor. It’s a weekly update of what’s happening on the web, with headlines from the blogosphere, photos, tips and tricks from the publishers, and guides for their users. Sign up for the newsletter here.
* Kenneth Harney has an interesting story entitled “As IRS Income Verification Gets Tighter, Other Issues Emerge” in The Washington Post
“It’s going to get much riskier to fib about your income when you apply for a home mortgage. That’s because the Internal Revenue Service is overhauling a key income verification tool used by lenders — making it faster and easier to pull up electronically the confidential income tax information of borrowers.”
Called “liar loans” by some people, stated-income mortgage programs allow applicants to bypass standard underwriting requirements for W-2s or copies of personal and corporate income tax records.
* On Monday, the NWMLS reported that sometime between the evening of Friday September 29th and the morning of Sunday October 1st, the keybox was stolen from a house at a new construction site in the Union Hill area of Redmond. This fully-staged home had all of its furniture stolen as well as all of the kitchen appliances. There was no sign of forced entry and the key to the home was found on the kitchen counter.
* Some bloggers like making lists and/or compilations of other blogs, or even seeing how many posts they can write in a 24-hour period.
But some bloggers have found that might be dangerous. 101 Ways to Run Out of Things to Blog About