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Announcing Agent Genius’ Newest Genius



Who Is It, Already!?!

Brad Nix, Managing Broker and Co-Owner of Maxsell Real Estate in Woodstock, GA joins Agent Genius today, having been on the forefront of blogging since before AG was born. We ask everyone to welcome him in the comments (after they are dazzled by our giving you the dirt on Brad first)!

Many of you know Brad as the planner and coordinator of RETechSouth, the Southeast’s first tech conference for Real Estate. His affiliations and accomplishments are many… prepare to drop your jaw and get your socks knocked off:

  • 2nd Vice President on the Board of Directors for the Cherokee Association of Realtors
  • Chairman of the Commercial Council of Realtors
  • Member of the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors, Northeast Georgia Board of Realtors, Georgia Association of Realtors, and the National Association of Realtors
  • Director for Security Bank of North Metro in Woodstock, GA
  • Real estate advisor for Guidepoint Global (an exclusive network of industry professionals who provide consulting services to the financial, investment, strategy consulting and corporate communities)
  • Candidate to become a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM)
  • Graduated from Kennesaw State University with a BS Communications and a minor in Marketing

See? I told you you’d lose your socks! But seriously, Brad comes to AG with a great deal of experience and has always put emphasis on improving the real estate profession, integrating the newest technologies into his practice and has always aimed to help others (as proven by the RETechSouth conference). Please put your hands together (louder, people!) for Brad Nix, the newest Agent Genius!

But I really want to know what Brad looks like with a beer in his hand and I need to connect with him on Twitter so we can talk about Lani behind her back… how do I do that??
Brad’s Twitter
Brad’s Residential Real Estate Blog
Brad’s Commercial Real Estate Blog
Brad’s Facebook
Brad’s LinkedIn
Brad’s Flickr Photos

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. Paula Henry

    July 2, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    Welcome Brad – thats quite an resume and introduction! I can’t wait to learn from you here!

    Applause, Applause, Applause, Applause, Applause, Applause, Applause, Applause, Applause,

    Darn, where is that Utterz when I need it, so Lani could hear my thunderous applause.

  2. Matthew Rathbun

    July 2, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    It’s about time!!!! Another great pick! I’ve enjoyed getting to know a little about Brad via twitter and Skype. Truth be told he’s one of my favorite folks in the thus far.

    Welcome aboard!

  3. Jay Thompson

    July 2, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    Fabulous addition. Welcome Brad!

  4. Chris Shouse

    July 2, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    Wonderful Choice can’t wait for your wisdom.

  5. Vicki Moore

    July 2, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    Wow. Quite the resume. Welcome. Looking forward to your input.

  6. Mariana Wagner

    July 2, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    Sweeet. Welcome Brad! I look forward to everything that you have to offer, here on Agent Genius.

  7. Jonathan Dalton

    July 2, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    Welcome aboard, Brad!

  8. Rich Jacobson

    July 3, 2008 at 2:59 am

    Welcome to the Peanut Gallery!…Looking forward to getting to know you better and reading your stuff!

  9. Bill Lublin

    July 3, 2008 at 4:44 am

    Brad its so nice to have you here – so this makes you sort of a newbie you old timer you? 😉

  10. Jim Duncan

    July 3, 2008 at 5:08 am

    Welcome, Brad. It’s great to have you here.

  11. Jennifer in Louisville

    July 3, 2008 at 5:41 am

    Excellent and welcome! Let the hazing begin! 🙂

  12. Glenn fm Naples

    July 3, 2008 at 5:58 am

    Welcome Brad and I do look forward to your posts here.

  13. Danilo Bogdanovic

    July 3, 2008 at 6:01 am

    Welcome Brad! Great to have you.

  14. Mack in Atlanta

    July 3, 2008 at 6:18 am

    Welcome Brad. Us Georgia boys have to stick together.

  15. Holly White

    July 3, 2008 at 7:56 am

    Congrats Brad and welcome to AG! We’re looking forward to see how you bring it on!!

  16. Matt Stigliano

    July 3, 2008 at 8:19 am

    Brad – I guess I ought to say hello and welcome as well! Now get to posting so I can learn something new.

  17. Brad Nix

    July 3, 2008 at 8:45 am

    Is it cool to be fashionably late to your own announcement party?

    Seriously, Thanks for the warm welcome! I look forward to bringing a southern boy’s opinion to AG.
    (keeping the south dirty with @Mack)

    Each of you have helped AG become a dominant force in the I can’t wait to rub elbows with you all.

  18. Jeremy Hart

    July 3, 2008 at 11:54 am

    Brad … welcome. Lani warned me first though, so I took my socks off before I read your bio.

  19. Brad Nix

    July 3, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    @Jeremy….I thought I smelled something. Glad to be here.

  20. Jeremy Hart

    July 3, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    I walked right into that. I’ll go back to lurking now. 😉

  21. Brad Nix

    July 3, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    LOL oh don’t be shy now, just keep your clothes on. (plus lurking makes you sound pervy anyways)

  22. Daniel Rothamel, The Real Estate Zebra

    July 3, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    Well, I know he’s a Braves fan, but I guess I can let that slide. 🙂

    Welcome aboard, Brad! Can’t wait to read!

  23. Teresa Boardman

    July 3, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    Welcome Brad, nice to have your here. 🙂

  24. Brad Nix

    July 3, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    Thanks T. Good company to keep. Glad “ya’ll” would have me.

  25. Kathy Drewien

    July 4, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    Looking forward to your participation here, you Southern genius. Will you be writing with a drawl?

  26. Brad Nix

    July 4, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    Yes, ma’am. I can turn the drawl on anytime. However, it tends to come out most when I’m with family.
    Being a small broker yourself, I’d love to hear your comments on my first post:

  27. Nickie Rothwell

    July 8, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    Welcome Brad!

    Wow, what a resume! No wonder I see you everywhere!

    Looking forward to your posts!

  28. Brad Nix

    July 8, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    Thanks Nickie. The hardest thing I have ever done is not on this list… We have an 8 week old son and boy does that change everything!

  29. Paula Henry

    July 8, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    A baby changes your entire life, congratulations, Brad!

  30. Nickie Rothwell

    July 8, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    Ooohh, now that’s exciting!

    Now the fun truly begins!


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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).

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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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aging housing inventory

The average home age is higher than ever

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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.

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Why Realtors are vulnerable to these rapid changes

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

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