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Top 10 Most Read Articles on Agent Genius – Week of January 22

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This week on AG:

top 10This week, many of the top 10 most read articles are focused on the use of technology to get ahead, ranging from google and SEO to using foursquare creatively in business and of course the Bank of America article by Russell Shaw continues to stay in the Top 10 (but as Russell would tell you, everything he touches turns to gold, so if we could avoid telling him he’s in the Top 10 again, that would help us avoid his ego not fitting through the door which his wife would highly appreciate).

In case you missed any of these stories, here are the top 10 most read AG articles of the week:

  1. SEO Tip – Spy on Your Competition with Google Alerts by Jack Leblond
    (again in the Top 10!)
  2. Bank of America Retard Division for Short Sales by Russell Shaw
    (featured on the Top 10 every week since we started sharing these stats 4 weeks ago)
  3. Geo the Google Way: 10 Ways to use Googles Geo Tools for Biz by Janie Coffey
  4. The Old Real Estate Bait and Switch – Writer Debut by Renee Porsia
  5. Zillow to Go Head to Head With Realtor.com, RPR & Your Wallet? by Lani Rosales
    (interesting- this post is from mid-December but saw a resurgence this week)
  6. Putting A Face On Commercial Real Estate – Adapt or Get Eliminated by Duke Long
  7. Obama and Bankers Meet Today, Bankers Give Good Lip Service by Lani Rosales
    (also posted mid-December)
  8. New Realtor.com iPhone App by Ines Hegedus-Garcia
  9. Are You Barking Up The Wrong Tree? by Matt Stigliano
  10. Foursquare Now Allows Check-ins Anywhere: Top 10 Ideas List by Janie Coffey

ALSO, in case you missed it, we’ve brought on four new writers so far this month, check out their debut articles and welcome them in comments there by clicking on their names below:

Top 10 Most Read Articles of weeks past:

Our publishing of the top 10 just started last week, so check it out if you missed it!

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. RealEstate Babble

    January 23, 2010 at 4:19 am

    AgentGenius: Top 10 Most Read Articles on Agent Genius – Week of January 22 https://bit.ly/8D1QIz Full https://bit.ly/8k2yma

  2. Real Estate Ninja

    January 23, 2010 at 4:50 am

    Top 10 Most Read Articles on Agent Genius – Week of January 22 https://bit.ly/7Awi74 #RealEstate

  3. Jonas Larsson

    January 23, 2010 at 5:34 am

    Top 10 Most Read Articles on Agent Genius – Week of January 22 https://bit.ly/6y8fxl

  4. realdiggity

    January 23, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Top 10 Most Read Articles on Agent Genius – Week of January 22: comments https://bit.ly/65RL5k

  5. Janie Coffey

    January 23, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Top 10 Most Read Articles on AG this week include posts by @jackleblond @janiec @dukelong @ines @rerockstar (full list: https://is.gd/6QyTI)

  6. Matt Stigliano

    January 23, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Top 10 Most Read Articles on AG this week include posts by @jackleblond @janiec @dukelong @ines @rerockstar (full list: https://is.gd/6QyTI)

  7. Natasha Hall

    January 24, 2010 at 12:33 am

    Top 10 Most Read Articles on Agent Genius Week of January 22 https://ow.ly/16pezy

  8. Colleen McFerrin

    January 24, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Top 10 Most Read Articles on Agent Genius – Week of January 22 https://om.ly/eVzS

  9. Russell Shaw

    January 25, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Actually, Wendy is used to me by now. 🙂

    And …. I have some new articles planned – really. Just have sit down and write them.

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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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