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AG welcomes two new genius guys!



agent genius online real estate magazineAgent Genius is proud to present two new contributors to the sidebar- you already know them, but now you’ll love them more!

In alphabetical order:

Benjamin Bach is our first Canadian- go Canucks! Because Benjamin is in Canada, Agent Genius has now gone international! You’ve seen Benjamin all over- he runs The Wealth Building Guy blog, he’s over at JJL (Joyful Jubilant Learning), been interviewed by Business Networking Advice, featured on the Bloodhound Blog for his marketing efforts, he guest writes at Phil Gerbyshak’s Make It Great! blog and even graces Active Rain. Benjamin’s like the Ryan Seacrest of real estate blogging- he’s all over the place! We welcome Benjamin’s fans to AG and look forward to Benjamin’s fine writing!
Ryan Hukill is an amazing Realtor who shares a love of Sooner football with my husband! Benn and Ryan grew up in neighboring cities in Oklahoma. What I absolutely love about Ryan (besides his great sense of humor and beautiful family) is that Oklahoma is a challenging place technologically because many people haven’t figured out the dang Internet. Instead of shying away from the web scene, Ryan dominates his entire city (and surrounding cities) because of his presence and amazing content building. Ryan has a gorgeous website and his business is booming while others around him fail. Ryan’s blog stays local and never burdens readers with national issues, so we look forward to hearing his take on all things real estate.

Please welcome both new contributors- they accept tips in the form of cash, credit cards, referrals, shiny cars, or HEY, how about a comment? Hold your breath- Agent Genius is just getting started, y’all!

Lani is the Chief Operating Officer at The American Genius - she has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH and Austin Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

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  1. Benjamin Bach

    November 15, 2007 at 12:20 am

    The Ryan Seacrest or R.E. blogging ??
    Lets not try to insult the new kid on day 1 🙂

  2. Benn Rosales

    November 15, 2007 at 3:40 am

    Coming from Lani, that’s a compliment.

  3. Ryan Hukill

    November 15, 2007 at 1:29 pm

    Ryan Seacrest, huh? You guys have me in stitches already! Thanks for the warm welcome and the ridiculously complimentary intro! 🙂 I’m really looking forward to learning from you all and sharing ideas and knowledge… not to mention making new friends who share my passion for our business!

  4. Vicki Moore

    November 15, 2007 at 10:49 pm

    Welcome to the gang.

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Austin tops the list of best places to buy a home

When looking to buy a home, taking the long view is important before making such a huge investment – where are the best places to make that commitment?



Looking at the bigger picture

(REALUOSO.COM) – Let us first express that although we are completely biased about Texas (we’re headquartered here, I personally grew up here), the data is not – Texas is the best. That’s a scientific fact. There’s a running joke in Austin that if there is a list of “best places to [anything],” we’re on it, and the joke causes eye rolls instead of humility (we’re sore winners and sore losers in this town).

That said, dug into the data and determined that the top 12 places to buy a home are currently Texas and North Carolina (and Portland, I guess you’re okay too or whatever).

They examined the nerdiest of numbers from the compound annual growth rate in inflation-adjusted GDP to cost premium, affordability, taxes, job growth, and housing availability.

“Buying a house is a big decision and a big commitment,” the company notes. “Although U.S. home prices have risen in the long term, the last decade has shown that path is sometimes full of twists, turns, dizzying heights and steep, abrupt falls. Today, home prices are stabilizing and increasing in most areas of the U.S.”

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Average age of houses on the rise, so is it now better or worse to buy new?

With aging housing in America, are first-time buyers better off buying new or existing homes? The average age of a home is rising, as is the price of new housing, so a shift could be upon us.



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aging housing inventory

The average home age is higher than ever

(REALUOSO.COM) – In a survey from the Department of Housing and Urban Development American Housing Survey (AHS), the median age of homes in the United States was 35 years old. In Texas, homes are a bit younger with the median age between 19 – 29 years. The northeast has the oldest homes, with the median age between 50 – 61 years. In 1985, the median age of a home was only 23 years.

With more houses around 40 years old, the National Association of Realtors asserts that homeowners will have to undertake remodeling and renovation projects before selling unless the home is sold as-is, in which case the buyer will be responsible to update their new residence. Even homeowners who aren’t selling will need to consider remodeling for structural and aesthetic reasons.

Prices of new homes on the rise

Newer homes cost more than they used to. The price differential between new homes and older homes has increased from 10 percent traditionally to around 37 percent in 2014. This is due to rising construction costs, scarcity of lots, and a low inventory of new homes that doesn’t meet the demand.

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Are Realtors the real loser in the fight between Zillow Group and Move, Inc.?

The last year has been one of dramatic and rapid change in the real estate tech sector, but Realtors are vulnerable, and we’re worried.



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Why Realtors are vulnerable to these rapid changes

(REALUOSO.COM) – Corporate warfare demands headlines in every industry, but in the real estate tech sector, a storm has been brewing for years, which in the last year has come to a head. Zillow Group and Move, Inc. (which is owned by News Corp. and operates ListHub,, TopProducer, and other brands) have been competing for a decade now, and the race has appeared to be an aggressive yet polite boxing match. Last year, the gloves came off, and now, they’ve drawn swords and appear to want blood.

Note: We’ll let you decide which company plays which role in the image above.

So how then, does any of this make Realtors the victims of this sword fight? Let’s get everyone up to speed, and then we’ll discuss.

1. Zillow poaches top talent, Move/NAR sues

It all started last year when the gloves came off – Move’s Chief Strategy Officer (who was also’s President), Errol Samuelson jumped ship and joined Zillow on the same day he phoned in his resignation without notice. He left under questionable circumstances, which has led to a lengthy legal battle (wherein Move and NAR have sued Zillow and Samuelson over allegations of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and misappropriation of trade secrets), with the most recent motion being for contempt, which a judge granted to Move/NAR after the mysterious “Samuelson Memo” surfaced.

Salt was added to the wound when Move awarded Samuelson’s job to Move veteran, Curt Beardsley, who days after Samuelson left, also defected to Zillow. This too led to a lawsuit, with allegations including breach of contract, violation of corporations code, illegal dumping of stocks, and Move has sought restitution. These charges are extremely serious, but demanded slightly less attention than the ongoing lawsuit against Samuelson.

2. Two major media brands emerge

Last fall, the News Corp. acquisition of Move, Inc. was given the green light by the feds, and this month, Zillow finalized their acquisition of Trulia.

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