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The Top 10 Trending Agent Genius Articles – Week of March 26

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This week on AG:

top 10 trending topics on agent geniusWhen you’re too busy to read every article on AG, sometimes a quick catch up can help, so we’re bringing the Top 10 trending AG articles to you each week! This week, readers were most interested in commercial real estate, news and city lists with a dash of technology opinion for good measure.

Because it has been in the Top 10 all year and likely will continue to be, we are officially recognizing, giving high honors to and retiring Russell Shaw’s article, “Bank of America Retard Division for Short Sales.” It’s had a great run and will likely live on the sidebar for years to come, so congratulations, Russ!

Top 10 of this week:

  1. Spineless Cowards at NAR Scandal.com by Russell Shaw
  2. The Top 25 Wealthiest Counties in America by Lani Rosales
  3. The Future of Real Estate Photography is Here – HDR Editing by Lani Rosales
  4. Online Commercial Real Estate. What the Next Three Years Will Look Like by Duke Long
  5. Finally, Google Maps Option For Real Estate Pros Marty Martin’s AG debut article
  6. Bank of America Makes a Bold Move – Principal Forgiveness Lani Rosales
  7. Bing Maps Add Augmented Reality, Dwarfs Google Maps by Lani Rosales
  8. 36 Tips to Go From Selling Residential to Commercial Real Estate by Duke Long
  9. Are You Bright, Focused and Distinctive? Or Delusional? Take this Scrape-The-Label test and find out for yourself. by Ken Brand
  10. Google Chrome Extension to Increase Productivity by Lani Rosales

While you’re here

This week, we welcomed Marty Martin who will be writing about SEO and SEM and this coming Monday we will be bringing an amazingly talented writer to cover green real estate, a quickly growing segment of the real estate industry.

We always invite new writers that are thirsting for a national stage to let us know! If you’re commenting on AG, we’d love for your social networks to pop up next to your name (which is easy, just click here) and for your picture to show up next to your comments (also easy, click here)!

Top 10 Most Read Articles of weeks past:

If you want to catch up for this year, here are the Top 10 lists from every week so far:

The Top 10 is an automated calculation based on traffic through tweets, retweets, facebook postings, organic traffic, etc. The trending topics of the day can be found at any time on the sidebar of AG which reset daily.

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. Susie Blackmon

    March 29, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Great to have this recap Lani. I got lost last week at RETech South, so this is a great way to get my AG fix. Many thanks.

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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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