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’80’s Flashback: Housing economists catch-up with bubble bloggers

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Buyer agent peers — yes BUYER AGENTS agents not listing
agents — said The Real Estate Cafe was being alarmist two years ago when we began blogging extensively about market trends foreshadowing yesterday’s headline in the Boston Globe:  "Housing slump may rival late ’80’s."

In fact, the same day we recorded our first real estate bubble podcast, then director of the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs ducked a question about whether buyers could sue designated agents (a.k.a. counterfeit buyer agents) for failing to advise
them that the housing market was overvalued.  Although buyers agents rolled their eyes at the time, yesterday’s forecast plus one earlier this year by an MIT economist predicting another 20 percent decline in housing prices suggest the question was not off base.  Here’s what one of my real estate consumer advocate
friends in Texas predicts:

As some home owners get
"upside down" on their equity, or lose their homes by foreclosure, you
may start to see a rash of litigation against the real estate "agents"
who sold them their homes.  Probably the vast majority of real estate
agents acted as "buyer’s agents" in the transactions, so there is
likely the possibility some of these "buyer’s agents" didn’t really
perform up to their expectation of "protecting" the interests of their
"buyer clients." 

Didn’t NEEP (New England Economic Partnership) predict a soft landing
for the housing market two years
ago, with prices declining just 3%?  Wonder if my buyer broker peers,
and sellers across New England, have updated their assessment of the
housing market, too?  Web-savvy home buyers:  Be sure to use a buyer agent (without a conflict of interest) to steer clear of bubble trouble and maximize potential
savings
— both from commission rebates and falling housing prices.

Posted in Bubble Hour, Housing forecasts, Market trends, Price trends, Real Estate Bubble, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Timing the market
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