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So this is it, my first real event in the real estate world. As you know from last week, I’m excited about it and can’t wait to get there. For those that care, I’ll be arriving in Las Vegas at around 11am. I look forward to meeting many of you that I’ve come to know through here and other social media venues…finally we will meet face to face.

In order to prepare for my journey, I have to pack up the cats * tonight and I’m feeling like I’m missing everything. I’ll probably forget to pack underwear or socks, I’m notorious for that. Of course, when packing for anything, whether conference or vacation, you need to bring the right things with you, so here’s my list.

Clothes, wallet, ID, computer, chargers, iPhone, business cards, camera, lucky streak, itineraries (plane and hotel info), toothbrush, and a few things I can’t exactly put in my bag.

The other things I’m bringing with me that won’t go in my bag are really what matter. I can forget clothes and buy new ones (as long as I get through the San Antonio airport naked, which might not be the best idea). I can always find a store that sells toothbrushes. Electronic gadgetry would be the worst to forget, but paper and pen worked for years before them. The things I can’t pack into my suitcase are the things I also can’t leave home without. They come with me no matter where I go.

The unpackables.

The unpackables are all a part of me. They are my willingness to learn, my ability to listen, my enjoyment of meeting new friends, my love of “geek” stuff, and the excitement I get when I realize I’m going to be surrounded by people that write blogs I read on a regular basis and many who I have yet to discover.

I have been given a great opportunity to take a new step in blogging by absorbing as much as I can and adapting, correcting, changing, and adding in new concepts and thoughts that I may not have seen or heard of before. I appreciate all that many of you have done for me since I started and I hope you realize that you helped create this. Next week’s blog will probably be a rambling mess of ideas and thoughts, so prepare yourself. This blogger is about to get better.

photo courtesy of James (ciotog)

* The phrase “pack up the cats” comes from a song by one of my favorite bands, Local H, who I had the pleasure of playing alongside several times in my life. The phrase came to be used in terms of getting ready to go somewhere and had less to do with putting clothes in a suitcase and more to do with getting mentally prepared for the trip. Incidentally, the song is titled “Lucky” and I will be in Las Vegas…hmmmm.

Matt is a former PA-based rockstar turned real estate agent with RE/MAX Access in San Antonio, TX. He was asked to join AgentGenius to provide a look at the successes and trials of being a newer agent. His consumer-based outlook on the real estate business has helped him see things from both sides. He is married to a wonderful woman from England who makes him use the word "rubbish."

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  1. Keith Lutz

    October 13, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    American Express, “Don’t leave home without it!”… lucky streak – you have a name for your underwear?

  2. Real Estate Feeds

    October 13, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Pack Up The Cats…: Dont be stingy with your thoughts- stop by and comment!
    …(And Head To REBlogWorl..

  3. Barbara Zucker

    October 13, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Real Estate News Pack Up The Cats…

  4. RealEstate Babble

    October 13, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    AgentGenius: Pack Up The Cats… Full

  5. RealEstate Babble

    October 13, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    AgentGenius: Pack Up The Cats and Head to REBlogWorld Las Vegas Full

  6. Barbara Zucker

    October 13, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    For Home Sellers Pack Up The Cats and Head to REBlogWorld Las Vegas

  7. REBlogWorld

    October 13, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    Pack Up The Cats and Head to REBlogWorld Las Vegas (AgentGenius Blog) (via @realdiggity) #rebw09

  8. Natasha Hall

    October 14, 2009 at 1:01 am

    Pack Up The Cats and Head to REBlogWorld Las Vegas – Dont be stingy with your thoughts- stop by and comment! So thi…

  9. Paula Henry

    October 14, 2009 at 7:30 am

    Matt – Have fun! With your attitude, I know you’ll learn lots and report back to us next week.

  10. Louise Scoggins

    October 14, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Hey Matt, I haven’t been on AG in a while but am excited to be back and ready to follow along with your Real Estate adventures again. I hope you have a fruitful time in Vegas, I look forward to hearing all about it!!

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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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aging housing inventory

The average home age is higher than ever

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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

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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.

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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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