Monthly Archives: May 2011

Test offer: Get 50% off hourly fee, plus 100% REBATE!

SORRY THIS OFFER HAS EXPIRED.  Click for current deals. Boston.com readers and others, we’d love to know what you think of this special offer.  What other kinds of “deals” would you like to see The Real Estate Cafe add to

Posted in Best of Breed, Coupons, Deals, FSBO: Best Practices, FSBO: For Sale By Owner, Real estate deals, Savings & Rebates

“Consumer-centric” vs “buyer-centric, user-driven & savings-focused” real estate business models

Thought leaders in the “intention economy” are careful to distinguish between user-centric sites and user-driven sites, but that’s not been the case in real estate.  If you are a tech-savvy, do-it-yourself home buyer, you should be careful to identify whether

Posted in Commission Reform, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, DIY Homebuyers, Do-it-yourself, Dual Agency Detective, Extreme Househunting, Fee-for-service, Listing buyers, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, reVRM, Savings & Rebates, Tech Trends, Unbundling the Commission, VRM

Broaden your perspective on falling housing prices: Boston & Beyond

Prices are down again, but are they affordable? That question caused Boston Real Estate Now blogger Scott van Voorhis to draw a stark contrast between the median sales price of single-family homes in Greater Boston during the past month, $417,000

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Posted in Bubble Hour, Defensive Homebuying, Price reductions, Timing the market

Would divorcing the two-sided real estate commission deliver more savings than Groupon?

Inman News, the leading real estate technology website just published an article entitled “Conflict, confusion and risk in real estate commissions” which documents the growth of fee-for-service business models, like The Real Estate Cafe.  It’s a good overview, but wish

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Posted in Commission Reform, Consumer protection, Coupons, DIY Homebuyers, Do-it-yourself, Group buying, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Savings & Rebates
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