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Agent Genius ‘Brings it to You’ With Fresh New Faces & Perspective

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realtors-real-estate-agents1.jpgIt’s true, agentgenius.com has expanded with a new and exciting bunch of writers, rainmakers, marketers, Realtors, and all around troublemakers. You can expect to see a cool blend of writing styles & perspectives on everything from social networking, real estate drama, disruption (anti-distortion), technology, how-to, mortgage truth, & more…

Agent Genius is proud to welcome its new writers and knows what this hip & talented group will bring to the real estate conversation. Our policy is ‘no holds barred’ opinion & analysis, so buckle your RSS seat belts, put your seats and tray tables in their fully upright position, because we’re about to ‘bring it to you.’

Agent Genius Writers

Jonathan Dalton Phoenix, AZ
Realtor, Century 21
DaltonsAZHomes.com

Daniel Rothamel Charlottesville, VA
Realtor & Referee
www.realestatezebra.com

Carson Coots Houston, TX
Web 2.0 Marketing
www.realestateremix.com

April Groves Savannah, GA
Realtor, Century 21
www.aprilgroves.com

Shailesh Ghimire Phoenix, AZ
Resident Mortgage Guru
www.azmortgageguru.com

John Harper Danville, CA
2.0 Real Estate Rainmaker
www.theharperteam.com

Kelley Koehler Tucson, AZ
Realtor, Long Realty
www.housechick.com

Benn Rosales is the Founder and CEO of The American Genius (AG), national news network for tech and entrepreneurs, proudly celebrating 10 years in publishing, recently ranked as the #5 startup in Austin. Before founding AG, he founded one of the first digital media strategy firms in the nation and also acquired several other firms. His resume prior includes roles at Apple and Kroger Foods, specializing in marketing, communications, and technology integration. He is a recipient of the Statesman Texas Social Media Award and is an Inman Innovator Award winner. He has consulted for numerous startups (both early- and late-stage), has built partnerships and bridges between tech recruiters and the best tech talent in the industry, and is well known for organizing the digital community through popular monthly networking events. Benn does not venture into the spotlight often, rather believes his biggest accomplishments are the talent he recruits, develops, and gives all credit to those he's empowered.

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20 Comments

  1. Shailes Ghimire

    October 10, 2007 at 5:17 pm

    Oh boy. What did I get into?

    No – seriously, I’m looking forward to bringing my A-game to this blog. Thanks for the inclusion Benn. It’s going to be a lot of fun!

  2. Benn Rosales

    October 10, 2007 at 5:19 pm

    Well, if we’ve only been reading your C game then I am really afraid of your A game! =] Don’t Hurt me BRO!

  3. Daniel Rothamel

    October 10, 2007 at 5:54 pm

    This is going to be interesting. . .

  4. Jonathan Dalton

    October 10, 2007 at 7:47 pm

    Sniff.

  5. Jay Thompson

    October 10, 2007 at 9:17 pm

    Pout.

  6. Benn Rosales

    October 10, 2007 at 9:26 pm

    A sniff & a pout? It’s not a fancy bottle of champagne busted against the hull of a ship, but we’ll take it!

  7. Todd Carpenter

    October 10, 2007 at 10:44 pm

    I like the new name better anyway. The new URL has been added to REMBEX and my feed reader.

  8. Athol Kay

    October 10, 2007 at 10:45 pm

    Drool?

  9. Benn Rosales

    October 10, 2007 at 10:53 pm

    You the man Todd!

    Athol, don’t slip on that!

  10. Chris Lengquist

    October 11, 2007 at 12:19 am

    Looks like a very nice collection of talent. I’ll check back…well, I was going to do that anyway. 🙂

  11. Kris Berg

    October 11, 2007 at 3:46 am

    An amazing A list. I should just retire my laptop now. The rest of us are just yesterday’s newspaper.

  12. Benn Rosales

    October 11, 2007 at 4:32 am

    Geeze, that made my day Kris, and you are noones old news. I’ve put off calls from Lani to finish reading your posts! kidding honey! *wink*

  13. Mike Price

    October 11, 2007 at 4:59 am

    Some of my favorite bloggers all in one place, even a couple of winners of the much coveted but rarely awarded “Featured Realtor Blog” at Mike’s Corner 🙂
    BR, you picked a great group. Rock on.

  14. Jeff Brown

    October 12, 2007 at 10:06 pm

    Now I see what you were talking about. Great idea – great choices. You’ve obviously put much time into getting this right.

  15. Benn Rosales

    October 12, 2007 at 11:42 pm

    Jeff, yes, they’re great writers, we’re stoked!

  16. Teri L

    October 13, 2007 at 1:13 pm

    Whatever.

    Seriously, this is a fantastic group of writers! Good for all of you- go stir up some trouble.

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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?

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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, SelfStorage.com 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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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, Realtor.com, 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 Realtor.com’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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