“I was right across the river in Hoboken working. We watched from the window as plane #2 struck. It felt like we were watching a surreal movie, especially when they started to fall. We were in a panicked shock as we watched.” -John Lauber
“In Los Angeles there is a constant hum from planes and helicopters. That night. Silence. Except the occasional military jet streaking across the sky. It was eerily silent for L.A. and everytime one of those jets did go by, I had to get up and watch more news…just in case.” -Matt Stigliano
“I visited ground zero on Oct 25th 2001. It was by far the most surreal experience of my life. The area was jammed with people, the carnage was unbelievable, signs for the missing were everywhere and it was as silent as a remote field in the country. Really, there are no words to articulate how I felt…’that’ type of emotion has no name…” -Jeff Corbett
“A day or two later, Kevin and I were on a roof, sort of in a daze, sort of doing an inspection. I said, “Do you hear that? It’s a plane.” We sat and listened to this solo plane crossing our airspace. Airspace – a new word to my everyday vocabulary.” -Vicki Moore
“As the horror unfolded throughout the day I kept thinking it couldn’t be real, how could this happen – in America?” -Jack Leblond
“Watching items fall from the sky only to be identifiied as live people jumping from the tops of those towers still haunts me to this day, and I’m glad it does, because as I said, I never want to forget- I won’t forget.” -Benn Rosales
“Now conspiracy theorists make me even sadder the way they somehow can’t accept that there is inexplicable evil that exists in the world – and that the simple, sad explanation is the real one.” -Randy
“People across the nation were scared they were next, it wasn’t just us- everyone could justify a reason as to why their city could be victimized next.” -Lani Anglin-Rosales
“Amazing how I can remember each moment of 9/11 with uncanny acuity. I just hope everyone who’s blessed to be an American will always remember.” -Antoinette Scognamiglio
“We live an hour outside of Washington, DC, a lot of parents work at the pentagon. That is when everyone started to freak out. We were not let out of school, they shut off all the computers and would only let us leave if our parents came and got us.” -Drew Fristoe
“I didn’t make it back to NYC until this last January. I had a friend that lived there and he met me at Ground Zero. It was very emotional. I was sad, and really pissed off. People were standing, staring at that hole in the ground and crying, right along with me.” -Jay Thompson
“Quite an odd feeling to be inundated with such joyous occasions and then awake to the world on fire.” -Austin Aaron
“Silence………..Everyone got up………..went home to their families.” -Missy Caulk
“I was at my first home inspection, about two months into my real estate career. My client was bored, so I pulled the television from the bedroom into the living room. I remember watching the Pentagon get hit and the planes flying into the towers – both were incomprehensible events.” -Jim Duncan
“People just wanted to get away from NY. I can’t tell you how many heart-wrenching accounts of 9/11 I heard driving people around showing homes. I had to pull over more than once because the emotions overcame my ability to navigate the car.” -Lisa Sanderson
“I think we stood in front of that tv for three hours; as the golfers came in off the course to make the ‘turn’ (between nines), none of them went back out to finish their round. They either stayed with us to watch or went directly home.” -Heather Elias
“Diane Sawyer had a camera on the first building as it was burning, and was trying her best to stay composed. As i sat there, watching with millions others, the second plane hit.” -Heather Rankin
“I recognized one guy immediately – the one on the Hawaii flight. I completely lost it at that point. Cant see the screen as i type this.” -Bob Wilson
“As a foreigner we look up to this country because of it’s safety and power and it made me realize how small and vulnerable we all are.” -Ines Hegedus-Garcia
“I stayed home with my kids that day and just cried.” -Jamie Geiger
“I called my Dad, who lived in Brooklyn & worked in building 6(?) of the trade center. OF course, I could not get through. All lines were down/busy from the flood of desperate friends and family members trying to find their loved ones.” -Mariana Wagner
“The only school day EVER where all we did all day was watch the news.” -Jason Sandquist
“I have remained a little on edge every day since it happened.” -Dan Connolly
Article originally published September 11, 2008.
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.
2. Two major media brands emerge
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