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Announcing AGBeat’s new VP of Business Development – Conal Campbell

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AGBeat is pleased to announce the addition of Conal Campbell as Vice President of Business Development, as AGBeat continues it’s expansion to serve even more breaking news, business advice and editorials in the business, tech startup, and real estate verticals to small businesses, associations, and entrepreneurs.

Conal is perfectly suited to help expand AGBeat’s vision and reach as he has actively been a part of the AGBeat community for an extended period of time as he was previously the Director of Sales and Alliances at personal safety app Moby, one of our long term partners and trusted friends. Prior to his years at Moby, Conal served as business developer for a major international financial services software firm, Asset Control, and prior to that, he was the Regional VP at International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners. Conal earned a double B.A. in Political Science and Writing at the University of Victoria in Canada.

Well known for securing new business and alliances as well as taking professional service companies into the product environment, Conal specializes in helping companies to grow and evolve which is exactly what he will help AGBeat to do. He also has deep roots in the real estate vertical through his time at Moby and will bring an impressive technology background to bear in his new role where he will also sit on and assist in building AGBeat’s Board of Advisors.

AGBeat was founded in 2007 with a naive theory that by our helping business and real estate professionals to be more informed, empowered, and better equipped to market, communicate and operate, that the net result would be improved consumer experiences. Conal’s influence within our target industries will expand our reach, and in turn, expand our readers’ voice.  Conal’s business acumen aligned with his belief in our ethos will help keep our guiding principles alive in our future growth.

Please welcome Conal in the comments as he joins the team to help spread our vision exponentially. To reach out to Conal personally, feel free to email him at conal@agbeat-2018.mystagingwebsite.com.

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35 Comments

35 Comments

  1. Jennifer

    December 8, 2011 at 8:00 am

    LOVE this news!!! We'll have to toast next time I'm in the ATX!! Congrats to a bunch of great people!

  2. Jeff Brown

    December 8, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Reading his résumé, one might wonder what the heck I'm doin', writin' on these pages. 🙂 Very impressive indeed. 'Course, since that list of accomplishments is out, the bar has been set. It's obvious AGBeat has decided to up their game, big time. Welcome, Conal.

  3. Audie Chamberlain

    December 8, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Sounds like a perfect pairing. Congratulations Conal and AG Beat!

  4. meyers.drew

    December 8, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Congrats on the continued growth

  5. Kathleen Cosner

    December 9, 2011 at 6:49 am

    What awesome news ! Congrats Conal !!!

  6. Marc Davison

    December 13, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Hey guys,

    Congrats to Conal for joining such a prestigious and highly loved group of relentlessly hardworking, dedicated publishers and writers who provide real estate with some of the best news, blogs, reviews and content in the industry. Looking forward to meeting you next time I am in Austin.

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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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