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Logitech Revue with Google TV & Logitech TV Cam change the future



Several of Logitech’s new products have been named as the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2011 “Innovations Honorees” including the Revue, TV Cam, Keyboard controller and solar powered keyboard, all of which are being demoed on the floor of CES in Las Vegas this week.

The Logitech Revue is a device that delivers Google TV to your television so you can watch live tv, a YouTube video, website or DVR recordings making TV and the web seamless. Add the Logitech TV Cam to the Revue system and you can video conference call in HD without having to invest thousands of dollars into products that offer similar functions. If you want to use your TV as a computer in your living room, the Logitech Keyboard Controller makes your experience more productive (unlike the internet TV many people are using with their remote control which is akin to texting in 1999).

So you can use the web on your tv and use it as a presentation tool at work or at events, video conference call in HD and even use your tv as a full computer with some affordable new tools. Ten years ago, this technology was spotty and very expensive.

2011 will see a big shift in video conference calling with technologies like this and with today’s announcement that Skype has purchased Qik which instantly changes the video conferencing landscape.

We suspect that the HD video conferencing via TV will first be adopted in the real estate industry by virtual brokerages for team/office meetings since they don’t occupy office space, followed by conferences that will bring in more heavy hitter speakers that can’t (or won’t due to demand) travel to the physical conference. Agents will likely get creative with these technologies and stream open houses live or begin a new sector of podcasting that is devoted to tv-casting.

What do you think will change with the rise of these new technologies?

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  1. Mark Jacobs

    January 6, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Now the question is how to use Google TV and Apple TV in Marketing Real Estate?

  2. Jason

    January 13, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Logitech Revue and Google T V are opening the door to the next step of television as we know it. Welcome to the future! Just kidding. They are great products and I love my Revue. Working at DISH Network, I had gotten a peak at it a while ago, so right when I could get my hands on it I bought it. I chose to pay the $4/mo integration fee through DISH to sync it up with my receiver, this gives new meaning to the world commercial… That’s web surfing time.

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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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