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Zillow Mortgages UnZipped? Look What I Found…



Zillow Multi-Author Consumer Driven Blog?

I was visiting some of my favorite real estate and mortgage blogs around the sphere where I came across an unusual link.

This appears to be pretty rock star when you think about it, it’s a mortgage blog that seems to support Zillow’s Mortgage Market Place. 

I’m seeing quite a few familiar faces such as Brian Brady, David G, and our friend Mike Mueller.  It’s also hosted directly inside Zillow which makes it about as large of an endorsement of the voices as you can get.

Welcome, Zillow Mortgages UnZipped to the multi-space and we wish you tons of success!

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Here’s the intro and welcome to Zillow Mortgages Unzipped
Apparently other lenders can also blog
Full list of Zillow Mortgage UnZipped Contributors to date

Benn Rosales is the Founder and CEO of The American Genius (AG), national news network for tech and entrepreneurs, proudly celebrating 10 years in publishing, recently ranked as the #5 startup in Austin. Before founding AG, he founded one of the first digital media strategy firms in the nation and also acquired several other firms. His resume prior includes roles at Apple and Kroger Foods, specializing in marketing, communications, and technology integration. He is a recipient of the Statesman Texas Social Media Award and is an Inman Innovator Award winner. He has consulted for numerous startups (both early- and late-stage), has built partnerships and bridges between tech recruiters and the best tech talent in the industry, and is well known for organizing the digital community through popular monthly networking events. Benn does not venture into the spotlight often, rather believes his biggest accomplishments are the talent he recruits, develops, and gives all credit to those he's empowered.

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  1. Mike Mueller

    September 10, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    I thought that was a secret (till tomorrow anyways).

    That just goes to show you,
    Benn and AG are actually in a techno time zone one day ahead of the rest of us!

    Nice catch, KungFu Master!

  2. Jay Thompson

    September 10, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    Nothing is a secret on the Internet.

    Nice to see my friend and local Phoenix lender Justin McHood on the contributor list. Relax Justin, you’ll do just fine. 🙂

  3. Todd Carpenter

    September 10, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    Yeah, Mary said they are still zipping up unzipped.

  4. Benn Rosales

    September 10, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    hah Todd, yeah…

    Jay, there’s no secret from Ag, that’s for sure…

    Mike, I do dwell in a different timezone, but I do respect embargoes – unfortunately, the link was just rather sitting there ripe for the snooping…:)

  5. Todd Carpenter

    September 10, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    Rhonda Porter, Justin McHood, Mike Mueller, Matt Kelly, and myself attended REBarCamp, and are now contributors to Unzipped. Coincidence?

    Actually, those who attended the REBarCamp Mortgage 2.0 session knew about Mortgages Unzipped all the way back July. That’s the sort of cool stuff that you can expect to get the jump on by attending REBarCamp in Houston on October 22nd.

  6. Mike Mueller

    September 10, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    “Actually, those who attended the REBarCamp Mortgage 2.0 session knew about Mortgages Unzipped all the way back July. That’s the sort of cool stuff that you can expect to get the jump on by attending REBarCamp in Houston on October 22nd.”

    I’ll add another MUST ATTEND event: REBLOGWORLD – Sept. 19th.

  7. Drew Meyers

    September 10, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    Even though you snooped, thanks for posting Benn 🙂

    Thank you for recommending Justin — we’re glad to have him, and all the other fantastic contributors, on board!

  8. Rhonda Porter

    September 10, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    I loved the RE BAR CAMP and WISH I was joining y’all at REBLOGWORLD. I’m looking forward to Unzipped!

  9. Spencer Rascoff

    September 10, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    wow, you don’t miss a thing do you!

  10. Justin McHood

    September 10, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    Anyone who views my twitter profile knows that “I am not as tough as I look”. Special thanks to Jay for getting me into this major-league arena, I will do my best not to strike out my first 25 times at bat! Todd, I am going to need a little special swing-coaching in Vegas at REBlogWorld.


  11. Brian Brady

    September 11, 2008 at 12:07 am

    Thanks for the mention, Benn. I won’t be surprised if Zillow becomes the “go-to” information source for mortgages, within 3-4 months. One of my favorite mortgage bloggers, Dan Melson is writing there.

  12. Benn Rosales

    September 11, 2008 at 10:25 am

    Brian, with Zillow traffic and all around push, I predict sooner, so long as contribution levels are controlled.

    We all know wordpress and content can feel really burried to someone who isn’t savvy with searching the content for answers- in other words, consumers may not know the answer to search for if they have no idea of the question they should be asking.

    I forsee a keyword algorithm need in the very near future with the possible 100s if not 1000s of writers in order to produce results for a consumer that is not familiar with a blog, and or mortgages.

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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

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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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aging housing inventory

The average home age is higher than ever

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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

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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

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Note: We’ll let you decide which company plays which role in the image above.

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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.

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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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