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Inman NewsOur former site & the request by NAR to c&d use of the domain got a bit of attention yesterday around the blog world, complete with news coverage by Inman News. I’d love to tell you it was a fantastic article (it really was a fantastic article) and you should go read it, but if you’re not subscribed and paying a fee, you’ll see this:

NAR requests name change for RealtorGenius blog

Blog creator considers future options for Web site

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

By Glenn Roberts Jr.
Inman News

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Now, I would also love for our content here at agentgenius.com to be so prized that I could charge hard cash for you to read it, but honestly, anything I might say is probably already being thought of and written about by another blogger across the country. My point is- newspapers cost money, no one wants to pay to subscribe, so they moved the content online- great! Thing is, no one wants to pay for it online either!

A deeper question to be asked is, if you are getting revenue from advertisements, then why are you double dipping on pay-per-subscription? I have all of the respect in the world for Brad Inman and his team at Inman News, and read the blog like an addict on the pipe, and I would probably read the news stories at the same pace if it didn’t require a marital (access to my credit card) commitment.

Inman is not the only news service that is guilty of pay-per-view news- biz journals is also guilty, and that is so annoying, but I pay it because I absolutely have to. I suspect in the very near future they will move to content levels that are free and charge for premium services. I hope the same of Inman- I promise to click every ad on the page, Brad!

Now, some of you might be saying I’m just being cheap, but with the credit crunch, the bursted bubble, lender meltdown, interest rate squeeze, and every other negative headline related to real estate dragging down the market, I’m just lookin’ for a bone! How about the Sunday poor agents special subscription extravaganza, Brad? =] I know it won’t happen, but hey, someone had to ask!

(the NY Times can’t even give that stuff away)

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. john harper

    October 8, 2007 at 3:37 pm

    I subscribed to Inman when I went to Bloggers Connect. I then started receiving 6 to 8 promotions a week for Bloggers Connect, a daily newsletter, a weekly newsletter recap, and a couple of other things,

    What I noticed was that the ads are more plentiful and center stage than the stories. I reworked my preferences to reduce the amount of Inman trash and now just get the weekly email.

    I do not think I will renew my subscription. I would rather pay a higher registration fee and not be inundated with commercialization

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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?

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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.”

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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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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, 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

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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