Hormones dictate your career choice?
To answer the age-old dilemma that young girls don’t typically gravitate toward science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers, Penn State set out to study if the reason is more genetic than cultural and their results had broader implications than simply why girls aren’t STEM-driven.
The researchers studied young adults and teens with congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) a genetic condition that exposes a fetus to more androgen (a type of male sex hormone) than normal while in the uterus. Girls with CAH are still genetically female and are in no way male, but their interests are more in line with stereotypically male interests.
The team and also studied their siblings who did not have CAH to offer early opinion on the impact of sex hormones while in the womb.
Research reveals sex hormones impact career choices
The research revealed that girls with CAH were much more interested (than girls without CAH) in careers related to things rather than people and that career interests correspond directly to the amount of androgen exposure that CAH females experienced.
While there was no difference in career interests between males with or without CAH, females that did not have CAH held a lower level of interest than males in occupations that relate to things (surgeon, engineer) and held a higher level of interest in careers focused on interacting with people (teachers, social workers), pointing out that stereotypically female careers are not just culturally based, but perhaps biological in nature.
Study of interests- what of Realtors?
Additionally, the researchers asked test subjects to rate a list of 64 occupations as to whether or not they would like that job. The occupations were grouped into six categories of careers:
- Realistic and Investigative categories leaned toward thing oriented careers (scientists, farmers)
- Social and Artistic categories leaned toward people oriented careers (artists, teachers)
- Enterprising and Conventional categories were exactly in the middle of thing oriented careers and people oriented careers (hotel managers, realtors)
Given that the ratio of men and women in real estate is relatively equal and it is not drastically dominated by either sex, it makes sense that the Realtor career path is more neutral than say an engineer (higher androgen levels/male, thing oriented) or a social worker (lower androgen levels/female, people oriented).
What interests us about this study beyond Realtors being named as “in the middle,” is that androgen levels in the uterus could explain why some people in real estate perform extremely well in the people portion of the job and make clients feel front and center at all times while others struggle. It could explain biologically why some real estate professionals do extremely well building and using backend systems and others see it as garbled junk. Realtors are in the middle of people-oriented careers and thing-oriented careers and are enterprising and conventional. It is extremely interesting that biology could determine career interests and we look forward to future studies that could confirm this with higher levels of certainty.
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.
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