Monthly Archives: April 2013

Avoid 10 Hidden costs of “Reactive” house hunting

As rent day approaches and bidding wars continue, Real Estate Cafe invites existing and potential clients, particularly first-time homebuyers, to step back and assess what they’ve learned from the return of a “sellers market’ in Greater Boston, particularly after this

Posted in Bidding wars, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Proactive househunting, Real Estate Bubble, Real Estate Roundtables, reVRM, Savings & Rebates, Seasonality, Timing the market

Bubble market comeback? Time for Bidding War Reparations Fund?

Commenting on Boston.com’s recent post, “Bubble market comeback,” @thirtysomething Thanks for asking the question, “As long as people can actually afford their purchases, who are we to question the price they choose to pay?” In September 2012, Karl Case and

Posted in Bidding wars, Bubble Hour, Buyer agent, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Housing bubble, Real Estate Bubble, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance

Consumer Revolution in Real Estate? Nader was right

Twenty years after consumer advocates gathered in Boston to seed a “Consumer Revolution in Real Estate,”  Ralph Nader’s prophetic words sting: “…we’ve all seen intervals in industries when there are reform movements and then, about ten, twenty years later, it’s

Posted in Bidding wars, Buyer agent, Consumer protection, Dual Agency Detective, Dump Dual Agency, Homebuyer Clubs, Housing bubble, Real Estate Bubble, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Unbundling the Commission

Breaking News: Slow Food Movement Inspires Real Estate Reforms

Cats in CFDB Testing Lab consider next move in bidding war “All good things come to those who wait” has not applied to real estate bidding wars, until now.  Taking a cue from the slow food movement, the Consumer Financial

Posted in Bidding wars, Bubble Hour, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Dual Agency Detective, Dump Dual Agency, Humor, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, reVRM, Seasonality
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