What’s This About the Stigliano Chronicles?
Do you wish the blogiverse was big when you started practicing real estate? Wouldn’t it have been nice to ponder your brand, your identity, your tactics publicly and gain the wisdom of the crowd? Now don’t you wish more newer agents were more vocal about what they’re going through so you could share your lessons learned with them?
Today, we welcome AG’s newest writer, Matt Stigliano who is a newer real estate agent that will write the weekly Stigliano Chronicles where he will be publicly pondering his brand, marketing and business practices. Matt will draw from the audience so we all learn together as we add our wisdom in the discussion and learn from his choices which he’ll outline publicly how he comes to business decisions based on his writing and listening here at AG.
About Matt Stigliano
In his own words: “Born and raised in suburban Philadelphia, I spent 14 years in the music industry before turning to real estate. I started my love of real estate while living in Los Angeles, CA, where my wife and I bought our first home. After 3 years of living there, we decided to move back to PA where I grew up, which eventually landed us in sunny San Antonio. We wanted warm weather and a good quality of life and San Antonio beat every where else on the list we had come up with. Since moving here we’ve enjoyed the culture, hospitality, and gorgeous scenery of our area and I’ve made it my mission to promote, improve, and enjoy all that San Antonio has to offer.”
One of the things Matt is very humble about is his music career. If you don’t yet know what band he played with for so many years, I’ll leave it up to him to share that but let’s just say you WILL know of the band. What he is also extremely humble about is being the creator of one of the music industry’s FIRST band websites and at that time, he was laughed at for seeing the value of the web for the industry (ah, the irony). He has wicked music skills AND can write code, what’s cooler than that?
Stay tuned as Matt publicly ponders his business identity and brand as well as shares his real world experience and we hope that EVERYONE gets involved in the Stigliano Chronicles! Be sure to welcome Matt in the comments, he’s a brave soul!
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, 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.”
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.
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.
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.
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
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