Wicked Applications for Your Treo
Dear iPhone users, you’re so awesome and we should all be doing your laundry and walking your dog. Not. Us Treo users have a bajillion cool apps that exempt us from doing your chores- not only can we open MLS lockboxes (infra red FTW!!!), we can write handwrite notes to ourselves and set them to pop up at our desired times, watch full-length movies and create our own mp3 ringtones. So without further ado, I present to you the Top 12 Treo Tricks:
- Diddle Bug– It’s like a post-it note in that it allows you to scribble information onto your Treo in your own handwriting and set alarms for each note from a pop-up list.
- Tryda– This is the most Treo-friendly 411 with mapping… it’s extremely fast despite being web-based and it can supposedly find any listing anywhere. It even has a reverse lookup so you can identify that familiar number that keeps calling, breathing and hanging up!
- eWallet– apparently this one isn’t free but it’s reasonably priced for a tool that can safely store your credit cards, passwords, PINs, calling cards, accounts, usernames and more. Your info is encrypted for complete safety, and you can sync to your desktop for extra ease-of-use and backup.
- Key Hack– designed to make single-handed use easier by enabling shift and arrows to go in and out of caps (requires a freeware hack manager).
- TCPMP Core– plays full screen movies on your Treo!!! I personally witnessed a video and was amazed!! You may need a converter for .avi files.
- Petit Launch– is a command based launcher, so use this app and set it up to launch the media player by typing in “movie.” Nice shortcut!
- Web Links– puts your fave websites into your directory (your home page alongside like your calculator and world clock).
- Change Me– allows you to rename bookmarks/applications because let’s face it- you won’t remember what random title company apps or “TCPMP” are (see, you already forgot) so you can just rename it to “media player.”
- Mini Tones– this app is super awesome- select a MP3 file on your phone and add it to your ringtone list in Sounds. It also features a file splitter so you can use a section of a song instead of the whole song, sweeeet!
- Ventones– so you can get a ringtone online for free (or create your own) and it is texted to your (or your kid’s) phone and downloaded when you click on the link in the text. Easy peasy!
- Unit Converter– need to quickly convert a measurement, currency amount or crazy recipes? This application does just that.
- Filez– when you use your Treo as your mini-laptop, you need a file manager. Filez shows detailed information about each file can be viewed and edited. In addition, files themselves can be viewed and edited directly, just like in Windows.
There are endless killer Treo apps, and more are listed here. What Treo applications are you using that’s not on the list? Share with us in the comments!
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, 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.”
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.
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.
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.
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
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