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Extreme house hunting: Go hard or go home?

  A story yesterday on the leading real estate technology site revealed two findings worth sharing or should we say exposing — http://bit.ly/RExpose ? 1. An agent in Denver estimates that 25-30% of the sales right now are occurring “off-market.”

Posted in Bidding wars, Consumer protection, Counterintelligence, Defensive Homebuying, DIY Homebuyers, Dual Agency Detective, Extreme Househunting, Proactive househunting, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Seasonality

Open Data: What would real estate look like if there were no MLS?

Good morning, @_____________, First, thank you for taking a minute to read this private message. I appreciate the thought you put into your comments on Boston.com’s real estate blog, and have noted a number of times that our perspectives on

Posted in "We" companies, Bidding wars, Change Agents, Commission Reform, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Dual Agency Detective, Foreclosure Prevention, Housing bubble, Idea Bar, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, Real Estate Roundtables, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, reVRM, Unbundling the Commission, Unconference

Really, why shouldn’t sellers try FSBO: For Sale by Owner?

Today, Boston.com’s real estate blogger asks, “Really, why shouldn’t sellers wait for higher prices?”  We’ve reframed the question to propose an option which may be more profitable: “Why shouldn’t sellers try For Sale by Owner?  Last week, Yale economist Robert Shiller

Posted in Bidding wars, Discount real estate, DIY Homebuyers, Do-it-yourself, Expired listings, Fee-for-service, Fiscal cliff, FSBO: For Sale By Owner, Housing forecasts, Price trends, Proactive househunting

Really, why shouldn’t sellers try FSBO: For Sale by Owner?

Today, Boston.com’s real estate blogger asks, “Really, why shouldn’t sellers wait for higher prices?”

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Don’t need a full-service buyer agent? Propose your own fee and rebate

The results of a recent Google search for our company, “Real Estate Cafe,” produced a surprising result.  Even though we were the first cyber cafe in the world when we opened 18 years ago, our page on Thumbtack.com, a request for proposals (RFP)

Posted in Buyer agent, commission rebate, Commission Reform, DIY Homebuyers, Do-it-yourself, Fee-for-service, IntentCasting, Luxury buyer agent, reVRM, Savings & Rebates, VRM

Fuzzy Math & misleading listings: Who’s a DIY homebuyer or FSBO to trust?

Glad Boston.com’s real estate blogger kicked off the New Year by challenging an assumption anyone buying or selling a home in 2013 may make to price their home or make an offer. Beyond the main lesson—don’t assume listing sites provide

Posted in Buyer agent, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, DIY Homebuyers, Do-it-yourself, FSBO: Best Practices, FSBO: For Sale By Owner, Real Estate Roundtables, reVRM, Tech Trends

Luxury homes: Do dueling governor mansions point to “Mansion Cliff”?

Same state, opposing parties. Two “governor mansions” for sale, one former governor, one current. One expired after 416 days, the other canceled after 268 days. Now, like running for reelection, both are relisted and SURPRISINGLY, both are asking less than their

Posted in Buyer agent, Luxury buyer agent, Luxury homes, Mansion Cliff, Million Dollar Markdowns, Price reductions, Seasonality, Timing the market

Luxury homes: Do dueling governor mansions point to “Mansion Cliff”?

Same state, opposing parties. Two “governor mansions” for sale, one former governor, one current. One expired after 416 days, the other canceled after 268 days. Now, like running for reelection, both are relisted and

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Dueling Governor Mansions reflect Mansion Cliff in Massachusetts

@ScottVV: On one level, like your suggestion that Governor Patrick demonstrate he’s a man of the people by living in one of the transit-oriented dwelling units that reflects his housing policy. (Hasn’t at least one former governor, Michael Dukakis, famously

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Following #My2K? Why not turn Mansion Cliff into #My$200K (or more)!

Black Friday and CyberMonday have come and gone, but a blog post before Thanksgiving asking why there isn’t a real estate equivalent got us thinking and analyzing data. Then when President Obama launched the #My2k campaign to raise awareness about

Posted in Change Agents, commission rebate, Commission Reform, Fee-for-service, In the News, Luxury homes, M$M, Market trends, Million Dollar Markdowns, Price reductions, Savings & Rebates, Seasonality, Sweetest Deals, Timing the market
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