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Inman News – Looks Forward



Today Inman News takes a look back at where they began, and opens up a conversation on where they Industry is headed into the future.

In 1996, Inman News called on the industry to create a more transparent real estate transaction. Specifically, we encouraged real estate leaders to fully leverage the Internet by putting the entire multiple listing service on the Web, open up other data sources, digitize the transaction, and add visual images like pictures and virtual tours to listings.

We spent more than a decade pounding on this message and reporting on the reaction, the progress, the controversy, the legal actions, the innovation, the fear and the hope. The job is not done, but substantial progress has been made. When it comes to placing home listings on the Web, the last couple of years look a lot like the fall of the Berlin Wall.

With the current housing slump and a broken Wall Street, Inman seems to recognize a certain helpless feeling many in the industry have – but Inman also recognizes that many changes are in store for the real estate industry and see an opportunity for you to join the conversation in shaping the future of what our industry will look like.

It was interesting to me to hear Joel Burslem, Future of Real Estate Marketing, and Inman News talk about this yesterday. There is a passion in this mission to find a productive outcome to the mess in our housing industries as well as the overall economy, and while addressing today’s headlines, to really get into solutions, help agents get involved, educate on the future, and to help create a sense of hopeful optimism amongst professionals.

Inman named five topics from regulation to practice as the framework and specific ways to communicate your point of view, ideas, and goals. We’ve always been about constructive conversation at AG- it’s one thing to rant and moan, but being depressed is never an answer. I encourage you to get involved in any conversation about this industry that is constructive.


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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  1. Daniel Rothamel, The Real Estate Zebra

    November 19, 2008 at 11:15 am

    I think that one of the things that was sort of temporarily forgotten during the boom market was a commitment to the future of the industry. I think that now is the perfect time to address these types of issues in an attempt to carve out a more positive future for our profession.

    We’ve also set up a few groups in the Community Section where the discussion can be ongoing. We’ve got one each for, “The Agent of the Future,” “The Brokerage of the Future,” “the Future of the MLS,” and “the Future of Real Estate Lending.”

    If anyone has a burning topic on their mind, please open it up for discussion in the Community section.

  2. Teresa Boardman

    November 19, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Some of this is a little confusing to me. As I look back over the last few years I have evolved and I see signs that the industry has changed too. I am not sure that we get to set the direction. I am not even sure if what we say about the future matters. I approach the whole thing like a scientist. Always collecting data, experimenting and innovating. I prefer to run my business lean and mean and be ready to turn on a dime.

  3. Vicki Moore

    November 20, 2008 at 1:14 am

    I was excited to see Inman’s new venture and looking forward to the information that results. They’re on point and right on time.

    I’m looking forward to hearing about and participating in the discussion.

  4. Bill Lublin

    November 20, 2008 at 4:35 am

    May I request the numbers for tomorrow’s lottery winners while we’re predicting the future? Now that would help me predict the future of my business!

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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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