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WANTED: Cathedral builders to transform intergenerational housing gridlock into community

  “When I’m 64…” the first time I heard those lyrics from the Beatles‘s classic song that destination seemed two centuries away, now it’s only two days. The head of MIT’s AgeLab says that some aging babyboomers will live two decades

Posted in "We" companies, Affordable housing, Co-Living, Creative class, Great Senior Sell-Off, Group housing, HousingID, Intentional Communities, Mlllennials, Real Estate Roundtables

Homebuyers: Need offensive & defensive game plans or occasional coaching?

Thinking about buying a home in 2019?  Yes, it’s pre-season — but got a game plan?  Last night’s Super Bowl victory was also a lesson in the importance of systems or game plans.  The offense and defense both have game plans,

Posted in Buyer agent, commission rebate, Creative class, Defensive Homebuying, DIY Homebuyers, iCovery, IntentCasting, Proactive househunting, Savings & Rebates, Seasonality

Homebuying 101: What is the highest form of agency?

To my surprise, one of real estate’s thought leaders posted photos on Facebook today from an event 25 years ago in Boston we hosted called the Consumer Revolution in Real Estate. Last November, the National Association of Realtors hosted their

Posted in Best of Breed, Buyer agent, Consumer protection, Crowdsourcing, Defensive Homebuying, Dual Agency Detective, Dump Dual Agency, RE2020, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance

Impact Investors: Reward homebuyers for Social Good or Community Building?

Two years after the Women’s March, why share the Facebook post below — a message sent to a closed group of leading real estate agents across the US? As a daily parade of headlines and talk shows attest, there’s growing

Posted in #REonTap, Affordable housing, Buyer agent, Co-Living, Crowdfunding, Housing Justice, Impact Rebates, Intentional Communities, Mlllennials, Pope's Encyclical, RE2020

Hack the #RETransferTax:  What would MLKing do?

Q: Yesterday’s headline in @BostonGlobe begs a question about distributive justice, the holy use of money, & some would argue redistribution of wealth. What does each of your traditions say about those issues & what implications does that have for

Posted in #SpeculatorsWithoutBorders, Affordable housing, Crowdfunding, Crowdsourcing, Housing Justice, Housing policy, Idea Bar, Impact Rebates, Luxury buyer agent, Real Estate Roundtables

Want an EFFECTIVE Buyer Agent (or Listing Agent)? Better Shop Around

Eating lunch at the Cambridge Common near the Harvard Law School, and the overhead speakers are playing a 1960’s classic from Smokey Robinson & The Miracles with the prudent advice above, “you better shop around.” The same words could apply

Posted in Buyer agent, commission rebate, Discount real estate, DIY Homebuyers, FSBO: For Sale By Owner, Listing agent report cards, Luxury buyer agent, Proactive househunting, Real estate rebates, Savings & Rebates

Back to the Future: Do buyer agents really help consumers save money?

Only one previous blog post during 2018 — is this another abandoned real estate web site? Hardly.  While the housing market has been grossly overheated, and irrational exuberance drove bidding wars $100,000 over asking price; our attention as buyer agents, and leading

Posted in #REonTap, Bidding wars, Buyer agent, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Housing bubble, Luxury buyer agent, Proactive househunting, Savings & Rebates, Seasonality

Controversial practices used by incumbents & innovators renew call for Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights

“Upstarts are beating incumbents at their own game” the headline shouted this morning in a leading #RETech news service; but within minutes, comments fired back with a screenshot raising questions about controversial business practices. http://bit.ly/RETables Privately, real estate consumer advocates have

Posted in Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Designated Agency, Disrupt Real Estate, DIY Homebuyers, Dual Agency Detective, Fee-for-service real estate, HousingID, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance

The Future of Real Estate: Moon shots or consumer movements? #RE2020

Yesterday, a leading real estate tech conference announced that Realogy’s new CEO, Ryan Schneider, would be making his public debut at their event.  His topic: “How Technology and Data Can Send Your Business to the Moon.” Before reading our response, understand the

Posted in Consumer protection, Crowdsourcing, DIY Homebuyers, Dual Agency Detective, HousingID, Personal data, RE2020, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, Real Estate Roundtables, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance

Real Estate: Change benefits consumers, invite multiple stakeholders to collaborate

Twenty-five years ago, Ralph Nader said you call tell a lot about an industry by the way members talk to each other.  To dramatize that point, here’s a revealing update from agent-to-agent Facebook group called, Real Estate is Broken — What

Posted in Blockchain, Change Agents, Commission Reform, Consumer protection, Crowdfunding, Crowdsourcing, Disrupt Real Estate, RE2020, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Savings & Rebates
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