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Fireworks and Unicorns- Teresa & Ines are on board!!!



fireworks.jpgToday is a magical day in Agent Genius land… imagine fireworks, fluffy puppies, unicorns and a massive drumroll as I get to the point… Teresa Boardman and Ines Hegedus-Garcia will be contributing to Agent Genius!!!!! I am so excited- y’all have no idea! These ladies represent some of the brightest talent in the blogiverse and I’m confident you already know them (everyone knows Ines & Teresa!). In case you were born yesterday, I’ll tell you a bit about them:

Teresa Boardman of St. Paul Real Estate BlogTeresa Boardman is like a breakfast burrito (which Mariana and I can agree is like the best food ever)- she’s got about 7 blog projects and endlessly innovative business practices all wrapped inside a warm tortilla. She hails from the corporate world which gives her the guts to write one of my favorite blogs, the Real Weenie and you are probably already subscribed to her uber famous St. Paul Real Estate Blog that has laid the smack down in her local blog scene (can you name another Minnesota blogger? I didn’t think so). She’s even braved doing a Bubble Gum Interview! What I love about Teresa is that she is always lady-like but never apologizes just for the sake of apologizing. Give Teresa a hand as she lets her hair down and shows her inner genius!

Ines Hegedus-Garcia of Miamism.comInes Hegedus-Garcia is like an ice cream sundae because she seems to make everyone happy, even in the hot Miami winters! Ines has a rich background in architecture and extends herself to several philanthropic causes. Ines’ blog, Miamism was big before I ever even knew what a blog was, so I can’t speak to her growth, but I can say that her blog has evolved into a very polished sexy work of art! Ines is always upbeat, funny and sweet- she’s like the homecoming queen of blogging. Give Ines a hand as she joins the group and makes you smile as she brings her sunny Miami genius!

Both ladies are awesome. I’m proud to call them both my friends and because I’m nice, I’ll share them with you readers. You can welcome them with candy, mojitos, facebook pokes, or most importantly your warm words of welcome in the comments. WELCOME LADIES!!!!

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. Mariana

    November 19, 2007 at 10:44 pm

    WOW! I have no need to subscribe to any other blog but Agent Genius, now. Ice cream and burritos … mmmm … My life is complete!

    Thank you for bringing 2 of my MUST READS over to the Genius. What a great place this is!

  2. ines

    November 19, 2007 at 11:08 pm

    Holly Cow! What a welcome!! Lani you are one funny woman.
    And to be announced with Teresa…..what else can I say? I really look forward to being part of this amazing group of bloggers, of brains and power. AG ROCKS!
    (….and I hope I can live up to the “ice cream sundae” expectation)

  3. Todd Carpenter

    November 19, 2007 at 11:34 pm

    I think it’s about time to play six degrees of Teresa Boardman. So take Kevin Boer, of 3 Oceans Real Estate for instance.

    Kevin also blogs on the Domus Consulting blog with Pat Kitano, who guest blogs on the Inman blog with myself, and I occasionally blog on Teresa’s Real Weenie Blog. 3 degrees. Active Rain & Realtown shouldn’t count. Anyone else want to play?

    I can connect Jay Thompson to Teresa in three, can anyone else?

  4. Mariana

    November 19, 2007 at 11:38 pm

    I know Todd. Does that count? Can I be less than 6 Degrees from ALL RE Bloggers now?

  5. Teresa Boardman

    November 20, 2007 at 6:04 am

    After this write up, I feel like I need to write something. I can connect myself to Todd Carpenter too. I met him in person, and spent several hours with him in San Fransisco. I love it when he write on the weenie. 🙂 . . . Hi Ines. 🙂 . . anyone know what 5 + 9 is?

  6. Jay Thompson

    November 20, 2007 at 8:19 am

    Todd – go back to the Yankee Blog swap and your can connect T and I in one step.

    Welcome ladies! Two *excellent* additions!

    Jennifer Kirby. (can you name another Minnesota blogger?)

  7. Benn Rosales

    November 20, 2007 at 8:28 am

    Jay, you don’t count, you know everyone! You’re like the rolodex of blogging.

    wow, Ines, Teresa, I cannot say welcome enough.

    agentgenius is growing, and almost at full blog. Someday we’ll all look back only to realize our impact on the biz. Realtors appreciate you guys and your straight talk, honesty, and your knowledge. Thanks to all of ag for being willing to add to the voice, offset the lame drumbeats, and to counter ‘bloggerhia’. All of you rock.

  8. Brian Wilson

    November 20, 2007 at 10:47 am

    Great! Welcome, I’m excited you are both here now, as I have enjoyed reading your blogs already.

    Brian Wilson,

  9. Athol Kay

    November 20, 2007 at 11:38 am

    Welcome welcome!

  10. Shailesh Ghimire

    November 20, 2007 at 1:15 pm

    Welcome guys. I’m lost. I didn’t understand half the stuff in the comments. 🙂

    Seriously. I didn’t.

  11. Vicki Moore

    November 20, 2007 at 2:30 pm

    Glad to see you both on board. Welcome to the gang.

  12. Jonathan Dalton

    November 20, 2007 at 3:27 pm

    Um … Tobey thought there was a one-beagle-per-blog limit. What the hell is this? 🙂

  13. Jay Thompson

    November 20, 2007 at 9:46 pm

  14. Cyndee Haydon

    December 2, 2007 at 9:20 pm

    Congrats on your new additons – they are 2 of my favorite bloggers as well.

    Teri Eckholm hales from Minnesota too.

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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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