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Today, we welcome Agent Genius’ newest contributor, Paula Henry. Paula is a full time Realtor in Indianapolis, Indiana and is one of the industry’s brightest professionals who is down to earth and always kind. She leads her team by constantly seeking out new technologies and marketing tools and she’s passionate about client empowerment and the Code of Ethics which we look forward to reading more about as she shares her insight with all of us.

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Please welcome Paula in the comments and for those of you who don’t follow her on Twitter, Facebook and her gorgeous blog, you should go ahead and take a moment to do that too!

Lani is the Chief Operating Officer at The American Genius - she has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH and Austin Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

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  1. Sonny Gill

    June 10, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    Congrats Paula and best of luck!

  2. Lisa Sanderson

    June 10, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    Can’t wait to see what ya got, Paula! And your blog IS gorgeous. ~L

  3. Jennifer Wilson - Agent Solutions

    June 10, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    Congratulations Paula! I look forward to reading your posts here at agent genius.

  4. Jennifer in Louisville

    June 10, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    Welcome! I’m a native of Indy (well, technically the Plainfield/Avon area) before I moved to Louisville Kentucky. A lot of my family & friends are still in that area. I look forward to reading your thoughts in upcoming articles.

  5. Ken Smith

    June 10, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    Welcome to AG and look forward to reading your posts.

  6. Nickie Rothwell

    June 10, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    Congratulations Paula!

    It will be fun seeing you here and reading what you have to share!

  7. Mariana Wagner

    June 10, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    Geesh! I wish I “met” you a couple years ago … a close friend of mine just moved to your neck of the woods (Noblesville?) and I am not too excited about who I wound up referring them to. Next time though!!!

    Oh, and welcome to the clan!!

  8. Matthew Rathbun

    June 10, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    Hey, welcome aboard!

  9. Bill Lublin

    June 10, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    Welcome Paula – can’t wait to see your beautiful blog but even more to hear your beautiful thoughts!

  10. Ricardo Bueno

    June 11, 2008 at 2:55 am

    Welcome to the clan Paula!

  11. Jeremy Hart

    June 11, 2008 at 4:34 am

    Great to see you here, Paula! And good luck getting that Phoenix home sold … Jay tells us he’s the best agent in Phoenix, so you must have made a good choice! 🙂

  12. Paula Henry

    June 11, 2008 at 7:32 am

    Everyone – Thanks for the warm welcome!

    Jennifer – I was born in Loiusville and now live near Plainfield/Avon.

    Mariana – Don’t you just hate it when the referral agent doesn’t live up to your expectations. Now you know – I welcome your referrals.

    Jeremy – Thanks! Jay told me the same thing so maybe I don’t need luck:) Seriously, Jay and Francy are the best!

  13. Christopher Zabka

    June 11, 2008 at 11:20 am

    Welcome, Paula! I know you will strengthen what is already a great roundup of top real estate bloggers in the industry!

  14. Daniel Rothamel, The Real Estate Zebra

    June 11, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    Hey, Hey, Paula! (I just had to say that. I would sing it, but, you know. . .)

    Welcome aboard! Looking forward to reading your contributions.

  15. Jay Thompson

    June 11, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    Well looky here! It’s Paula!!

    I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Paula in person, (the 10th AG contributor I’ve had the honor of meeting personally) and I can tell you one thing for sure — she is a great person, and she “gets it”.

    And thanks to Benn and Lani for not only snagging another great addition to the AG family, but also for not putting in video/voice comments, sparing us hearing Daniel serenade us with one-hit wonders from the early 60s. 😉

    Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a house I *really* need to go sell…

  16. Vicki Moore

    June 11, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    Me too: hey hey Paula. Welcome to the crew.

  17. Paula Henry

    June 11, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    Christopher – Thank you!

    Daniel – Do you know how many times I have heard that – I almost expect it now.

    Jay – The feeling is mutual! I have only met you and if it’s indicative of the whole gang, I’m way impressed and honored to be here. I hope that is my house 🙂

    Vicki – Haha – thanks!

  18. Cyndee Haydon

    June 12, 2008 at 12:35 am

    Lani – another great member to join AG – Paula’s a great addition and always willing to help others. Congrats girl – you’re in great company!

  19. Paula Henry

    June 12, 2008 at 7:57 am

    Cyndee – Thank You. I hope to give back a small portion of what I have taken from this group.

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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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(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.

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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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