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The Review

In our continued effort to spotlight and bring agents the best real estate products for agents we did a review of dsSearchAgent– a highly adaptable idx search functionality for Independent Agents and Brokers alike.

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As a quick reminder dsSearchAgent offered to essentially wave the $200 setup fee for Agent Genius readers- this special offer is set to expire this weekend. So if you were procrastinating, you may want to go ahead and make the connection to Diverse Solution and get the ball rolling. Mention your Agent Genius code [AG6108] and save $200!

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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15 Comments

  1. Rod Rebello

    May 29, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    Thanks Benn! I took advantage of this. You can also combine this offer with a subscription discount if you pay for a year in advance.

  2. Benn Rosales

    May 29, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    Very nice, thanks Rod!

  3. Can I get a rain check? This product is not available in my area yet…

  4. Jeff Bogert

    May 29, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    Mariana, I had called back in April after I saw it implemented on Jay’s site. Corey explained that there was not enough demand for my MLS. I just called back again to see if anything has changed but alas it has not. I was offered the chance to pay $2500 for the initial set up but I think I’ll wait.

  5. Jeff – I was given that same option. I will be waiting as well … My current IDX is doing great in the meantime.

  6. Justin LaJoie

    May 30, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    Hey guys – We do cover most major markets through out the U.S. That doesn’t mean we don’t have some of the smaller markets because we do. Obtaining, normalizing, mapping and maintaining property data and photos for every MLS out there, around 1300, is a monumental task and does take some time as you can imagine. Currently we are adding a new MLS’s every month in the areas we get the most interest from. From time to time we do get customers that can’t wait for us to get to their MLS. So we offer a premium setup and we will go get the MLS data they want. Our prices to vary from MLS to MLS, they range between $49.95 and $99.95 a month. Mariana – I’ll be sure to put Colorado Springs on the list of future MLS’s to do.

    Justin LaJoie
    CEO – Diverse Solutions

  7. Jeff Bogert

    May 30, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    Hi Justin,

    Any chance to add the the Garden State MLS to the list as well? With such a feature rich and great looking product is it tough to wait. In the meantime I am seeing if I can find some other agents who may be interested as well.

    C;mon you all of you GSMLS members out there raise your hands…

  8. Justin LaJoie

    June 2, 2008 at 11:37 am

    No problem Jeff. Garden State MLS has been added to the list.

  9. Mariana Wagner

    June 2, 2008 at 11:52 am

    Thanks Justin! Question: If I fork out the $2,500 can I have area exclusivity for a year?

  10. Jeff Bogert

    June 2, 2008 at 11:55 am

    Great question Mariana I was thinking the same thing.

  11. Justin LaJoie

    June 2, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    Mariana – The question has never came up from any of our customers to be homest with you. Which does suprise me. Currently we are not allowing an exclusive but we’ll kick the idea around a little more over on our end.

  12. Jay Valento - Long Beach CA real estate

    September 8, 2008 at 12:15 am

    My clients like using the dsSearchAgent. It’s a great product. We are waiting for a Team Solution so we can use it on our Long Beach website as well as others and replace parkplace.

  13. Rod Rebello

    September 8, 2008 at 9:14 am

    Just to follow-up now that I’ve had it for awhile, I’m getting rave reviews from my clients. They love the integrated tools, including the schools and crime info. I know it has been directly responsible for new clients and sales.

  14. Justin LaJoie

    September 8, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    Jay – We do have a team solutions available and have had one for some time. I believe you looked at it a while back when it was a signle agent solution. Over the last few month we have made even more improvements to this. Give us a call and we’ll show you how it works.

  15. Jay Valento - Long Beach real estate

    September 9, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    Justin – I talked to Sean about the current Team Solution. We need a few more features to make a move. I gave him an idea of what is needed for our increased productivity.

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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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(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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