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How will Digital Asset Grid, Identity & VRM transform real estate?

Q: @windley #Intentcasting will transform #realestate Whats best way to build apps / seed demos vimeo.com/51827693 #innotribe #sibos #VRM — Bill Wendel (@RealEstateCafe) November 2, 2012 As some innovators build new business models based on the believe that “personal data

Posted in Change Agents, Homebuyer Clubs, Idea Bar, IntentCasting, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, Real Estate Roundtables, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, reVRM, Savings & Rebates, Tech Trends, Unbundling the Commission, VRM

DIY Homebuyers, November is “Let’s make a deal month”

November, as tired listing agents may admit, is generally a very good month for buyers to negotiate discounts on properties before listing contracts expire and sellers calculate the cost of carrying an unsold home through the winter. Original research conducted

Posted in Crowdfunding, DIY Homebuyers, Extreme Househunting, Fee-for-service, Luxury homes, Million Dollar Markdowns, Price reductions, Savings & Rebates, Seasonality, Timing the market

Seasonality or “housing recovery” backslide? Crowdfund research & save money!

​Have you been waiting for the recent exuberance about the “housing recovery” to subside?  Looks like the national housing market has reached a tipping point: TIPPING POINT: Seasonality or housing recovery backslide? #Crowdfund research, save money! crowdtilt.com/campaigns/seas… @crowdtilt #DIY #realestate

Posted in Crowdfunding, Housing bubble, Housing forecasts, Market trends, Price trends, Real Estate Bubble, Timing the market, Trend analysis

FLASHBACK: DIY Web publishing for real estate 1999 vs 3Q2012

​DIY home buyers and FSBOs:  Think about real estate websites you’ve used, from real estate portals, like Zillow, Trulia, and Realtor.com, to real estate brands, like Coldwell Banker and Redfin.   What features to you like best? What frustrates you

Posted in Best of Breed, Client Feedback, Consumer protection, DIY Homebuyers, Do-it-yourself, Fee-for-service, FSBO: Best Practices, Idea Bar, Inside The Real Estate Cafe, Writing tools

Real estate rebound for real? Next “Bubble Hour” on Google+ Hangout

  BUBBLE HOUR: Anyone want to Hangout on Google+ to talk about this? Is #realestate rebound for real? boston.com/realestate/new… via @bostondotcom — Bill Wendel (@RealEstateCafe) August 29, 2012  

Posted in Bubble Hour, DIY Homebuyers, Housing bubble, Housing forecasts, Market trends, Price trends, Real Estate Bubble, Real Estate Roundtables, Talking offer, Timing the market

Redfin’s new secret weapon: Want to win bidding wars? Host your own!

Redin’s gotten a lot of visibility in local and national press this Spring, positioning itself as experts on bidding wars. Redin’s gotten a lot of visibility in local and national press this Spring, positioning itself as experts on bidding wars. 

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Can Generation Broke use crowdfunding to create DIY Rich Uncle?

Insert WhaddYa Need image Without big bucks, are hip urban neighborhoods worth it? That’s the question that has “Generation Broke” and some babyboomers sparring on Boston.com real estate blog today. If they both step back and are willing to stretch their perspectives,

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WANTED: Apps to convert real estate rip-off into consumer savings

Insert FSBO Gothic After the Arab Spring last year, some pundits predicted 2012 would be the “Year of Consumer Activism.” But 80 degree February days triggered Spring Fever early in the real estate market, instead of consumer rebellion. After the

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Luxury home sales: Mixed signals, spin invite satire, monitoring

Don’t know whether to invite Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert to satire the luxury listing agents quoted in recent news coverage, or harness industry spin into a wind farm.  But with more research, trust that readers can assess, or at least

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Defensive Homebuying 101: Know how Open Houses can hurt you?

Is Nationwide Open House Weekend (NOHW) the Realtor’s version of Black Friday? Hardly. Instead of deep discounts to get you to shop early, some consumer advocates say NOHW is “farce” that could cost uninformed homebuyers — see #4 in SmartMoney article entitled, 10 Things Open Houses

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