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Why Realtors must know about charging stations in homes



NRG Energy announced plans to begin building electric vehicle charging stations (eVgo) starting in Houston in February 2011, then expanding throughout Texas and eventually the rest of the States. The charging stations can fully charge an electric vehicle in 30 minutes and will initially be installed at NRG partner locations like Best Buy and Walgreen’s with pending partnerships with higher education campuses along the highways.

Local electricity retailers will partner to supply power plans and consumers buying charging stations for their home through NRG will be able to subscribe to plans starting at $49 per month going up to $89 per month. Some plans include the cost of the electricity with unlimited use and free use at public charging stations.

Why Realtors should know about this new project is that as soon as 2011, homeowners may actually have charging stations in their home given that NRG does not charge for installation or maintenance, simply for use which means homeowners will (likely) just unsubscribe and leave the charging station in the home.

Note: the picture above depicts a public charging station, the home version is much less invasive.

This presents not only a new amenity that we will be seeing become commonplace in the market in a realistic timeframe but also presents a challenge for Realtors who are not aware of what it is or how it works. It should be known in the industry that service is not implied with the charging stations but it is certainly a low cost perk that will likely be a search criteria for homeowners that don’t know they can have it installed for free.

That said, perhaps Realtors will be suggesting homeowners have these installed prior to listing so an additional amenity can be listed online and on flyers.

If you live in Texas (like we do), you’ve already seen the NRG Energy charging station commercials and if you live elsewhere, you’ll see them soon. The great news is that these charging stations are no longer cost prohibitive or overly futuristic.

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  1. eVgo Network

    November 22, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    To appreciate how non-invasive the home charging dock is, readers can have a brief gander at our Flickr set at

    Thanks for posting about the big changes brewing in Texas!

  2. Al Lorenz

    November 22, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    I still think we have some time before this is a significant issue.

    • Kelsey Teel

      November 22, 2010 at 6:38 pm

      It may be a little while before this becomes a significant issue, but there is nothing wrong with being the first to know. 🙂

      Thanks for passing on the news, Lani! I love being the smartest person at the watercooler. 😉

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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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