Monthly Archives: January 2014

Millennials: Getting killed by housing costs, or killing homeownership?

  Remember the scene in Dead Poet’s Society where Robin Williams stands on his desk, and challenges his students to change their perspective?  His message:  the way you see a problem or opportunity depends on where you stand.  So the

Posted in Affordable housing, Buyer agent, Defensive Homebuying, DIY Homebuyers, FSBO: For Sale By Owner, Intention Inventory, Mlllennials, reVRM, Timing the market, VRM

Seeding C2C / P2P real estate unconferences for consumers to connect, save money

    The powerful one-touch punch delivered in national media this week against pocket listing and dual agency / designated agency will send ripple effects through the traditional real estate industry and it’s regulatory environment; but time is short to

Posted in Bidding wars, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, DIY Homebuyers, Dual Agency Detective, FSBO: Best Practices, Pocket Listings, Proactive househunting, Real Estate Roundtables, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Unconference

Truth telling + Transparency = Transformative savings for real estate consumers

This morning, a columnist in the Boston Globe offered an opinion entitled, Four hard truths about housing.  Assuming the conversation is open to crowdsourcing, readers are invited to elaborate on (or debate) a 5th hard truth: Some in the residential brokerage industry

Posted in Bidding wars, Buyer agent, Commission Reform, Consumer protection, Dual Agency Detective, Pocket Listings, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, reVRM, Savings & Rebates, VRM

Will runaway bidding wars create real estate refugees in Cambridge? What would MLK do?

  It’s MLKing weekend, and that always challenges me to think about economic and social justice.  As a consumer advocate / buyer agent, our analysis of recent bidding wars in Cambridge leads me to ask whether the city might become a

Posted in Bidding wars, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Dual Agency Detective, Intention Inventory, Market trends, Pocket Listings, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, reVRM, VRM

Buy before rates rise or wait, hoping prices fall? Thank you for arguing

A recent post in the WSJ says there are good reasons to argue there will be a BEAR housing market or a BULL market in 2014.  So it’s no surprise there’s heated debate on Boston.com about what’s hot and what’s

Posted in Bubble Hour, Buyer agent, Defensive Homebuying, Housing bubble, Housing forecasts, Market trends, Price trends, Real Estate Bubble, Seasonality, Timing the market

Consumer advocates: What impacts are conflicts of interest having on bidding wars?

Imagine what would happen if the state of Massachusetts or your city or town imposed a real estate transfer tax of $50,000 on each transaction?  Consumer outrage, right?  Maybe even widespread opposition within the real estate industry? Yet, during 4Q2013,

Posted in Bidding wars, Buyer agent, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Dual Agency Detective, Dump Dual Agency, Pocket Listings, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Unconference

Pending sale vortex caused by Polar Vortex or other factors?

At the beginning of the fourth quarter last night, New England Patriots fans were biting their nails. Their team clung to a 29-22 lead as the Indianapolis Colts threatened a comeback. Like Patriot Nation, home sellers across MA entered the

Posted in Bidding wars, Bubble Hour, Defensive Homebuying, Housing bubble, Housing forecasts, Market trends, Price trends, Savings & Rebates, Seasonality, Timing the market

REpiphany: Keep Calm & insist on a REAL buyer agent in 2014

This morning, Boston.com’s real estate blog is asking whether 2014 will bring the “Return of the crazy buyer?”  It’s a complex discussion, but beyond behavioral economics and predictable irrationality are legal responsibilities to protect individuals and calm the housing market

Posted in Bidding wars, Buyer agent, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Dual Agency Detective, Dump Dual Agency, Housing forecasts, Market trends, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance
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