Monthly Archives: July 2013

Got DIY content? It pays to do your homework here!

  “It pays to do your homework here!” That was one of the headlines used in the first full-page ad placed by the Real Estate Cafe in April 1996. To dramatize that we were turning the real estate industry upside

Posted in Bubble map, Buyer agent, commission rebate, Commission Reform, Defensive Homebuying, Discount real estate, DIY Homebuyers, Fee-for-service, Proactive househunting, Real Estate Bubble, Savings & Rebates, Tipping Policy

Peer-to-Peer advice: A FSBO success story shares DIY process

Guest blog post:  Brian DuBoff, a biomedical scientist with no formal background in real estate or anything related, shares his experience selling condos and single family homes in Boston and Brookline “for sale by owner” (FSBO).  Brian’s reflection on being a

Posted in Do-it-yourself, Fee-for-service, FSBO: Best Practices, FSBO: For Sale By Owner, Savings & Rebates

Are DIY homebuyers & sellers already doing the IntentCast Dance?

If “dancing is the vertical expression of a horizontal intent,” are Zillow’s MakeMeMove listings and Proactive House Hunters already doing the IntentCast dance? In real estate, “IntentCasting” is simply telling others your home buying or selling intentions and inviting responses.

Posted in Bidding wars, DIY Homebuyers, Extreme Househunting, Idea Bar, IntentCasting, Proactive househunting, reVRM, Savings & Rebates, Tech Trends, VRM

DIY Homebuyers: Ask a question, answer or vote for others

Want to ask other homebuyers, sellers or real estate professionals a question? Simply type into the “Submit new question” box above, then click ASK. You can also use add comments to other questions, or VOTE to increase their ranking by

Posted in "We" companies, Bidding wars, Bubble Hour, Buyer agent, Client Feedback, Consumer protection, Consumer surveys, Defensive Homebuying, DIY Homebuyers, Savings & Rebates

PROACTIVE House Hunting vs Home Stalking

Have you seen the MSN Money headline asking, “Should I try Home Stalking?” For years, Real Estate Cafe has been encouraging clients to try Proactive House Hunting, annoying some at our persistence. So, we never imagined that Zillow would include

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