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The Top 10 Trending Agent Genius Articles – Week of March 19



This week on AG:

real estate newsThis past week has been a whirlwind! We (Benn & I) were at the South by Southwest Interactive conference starting last week which ended with what we’re all calling the SXSW SARS of 2010 which wiped many of us out (including me) with sinus and chest infections. We learned quite a bit at this year’s conference and met many people we’ve been trying to connect with over the year as well as reconnected with many of our friends.

But, despite our absence, there were some incredible articles written this week that we’d like to highlight. There was some great discussion and a lot of lessons learned this week, so if you were busy (or sick) like us, this top 10 is the fastest way to play catch up!

Top 10 of this week:

  1. New Breed of Single Property Websites for Real Estate: The Solution by Erion Shehaj
  2. 36 Tips to Go From Selling Residential to Commercial Real Estate by Duke Long
  3. How You Can Make A Video Blog – cheap, quick & easy by Benjamin Bach
  4. Listing Icons: Is Adopting Abandoned Buyers Stealing or Smart? by Ken Brand
  5. The Top 25 Wealthiest Counties in America by Lani Rosales
  6. Cool Color-Coded Tape for Simplifying the Moving Process by Lani Rosales
  7. Crazy and/or Unique Local Content Maps for Your Blog by Janie Coffey
  8. Imagine There Was No Government (Apologies to John Lennon) by Ken Montville
  9. Realtors, I Want You to Like Me… Or Do I? by Michael Bertoldi
  10. Want Smooth Sailing? The Short Sale Listing Agent and the BPO by Melissa Zavala

Top 10 of last week (ending March 12):

  1. Cool Color-Coded Tape for Simplifying the Moving Process by Lani Rosales
  2. The Top 25 Wealthiest Counties in America by Lani Rosales
  3. So You Want to do Commercial Real Estate? Don’t – Stay Away! by Duke Long
  4. When a Simple Majority Equals Socialism by Ken Montville
  5. Three Geniuses Walk Into a Bar… by Gwen Banta
  6. Have the Right Profile to be a Real Estate Agent? by Patrick Flynn
  7. Dear Mr. President, I Can Rescue the Economy! by Fred Glick
  8. Taking a Short Sale Listing: ‘To Be or Not to Be?’ Melissa Zavala
  9. Why Does Real Estate Require Relationships? by Brandie Young
  10. Forbes’ Top Ten Best Housing Markets Across America by Lani Rosales

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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.

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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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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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aging housing inventory

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,, 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’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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