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Defensive homebuying in 2017: Can you future proof homebuying decisions?

As 2016 comes to a close, there is an uptick of activity on BostonBubble, a forum for homebuyers in Greater Boston that dates back to 2005. A self-described “lowly renter” is asking advice about homebuying in the New Year because

Posted in #REonTap, Bubble Hour, Buyer agent, Defensive Homebuying, Great Senior Sell-Off, Housing bubble, Housing forecasts, Real Estate Bubble, Seasonality, Timing the market

Castle Doctrine: Protecting real estate consumers in DysTrumpian era

2/2 @DSearls says protect privacy from #SmartHomes via digital #CastleDoctrine https://t.co/mAqWAZc4NF, collaborate w/ @CRTLabs? #CFAFS2016 — Bill Wendel (@RealEstateCafe) December 2, 2016   The Consumer Federation of America, an organization that includes 300 groups, just finished their annual Financial Services

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

Crowdsourcing insights into a slumping housing market in Boston

December 11 will mark the 9th anniversary of joining http://BostonBubble.com, a forum for homebuyers to crowdsource insights during the real estate recession.  Over that period, Real Estate Cafe contributed over 100 posts, and two offer context for the current housing market.  Obviously, they were

Posted in "We" companies, #REonTap, Bubble Hour, Bubble map, Housing bubble, Market trends, Price reductions, Savings & Rebates, Seasonality, Sweetest Deals

Confront Candidates by Crowdsourcing Housing Questions for Next Debate

Without a question about housing or any mention of investigations and lawsuits related to Trump University, references to real estate were revealing in last night’s debate between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. When a reporter asked afterwards if

Posted in #SpeculatorsWithoutBorders, Affordable housing, Consumer protection, Foreclosure Prevention, Housing bubble, Housing policy, Real Estate Bubble, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance

Tidal Wave of #SpeculatorsWithoutBorders or Virtual Town Hall Meeting?

.@BostonGlobe Millennium sales office opened in China before Boston, @CambMA for sale too #SpeculatorsWithoutBorders pic.twitter.com/FGsWetP1mw — Bill Wendel (@RealEstateCafe) September 1, 2016 If “Foreign buyers at Millennium Tower show that Boston is on a world stage,” is that was a good

Posted in #REonTap, #SpeculatorsWithoutBorders, Affordable housing, Bidding wars, Bubble Hour, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Housing bubble, Housing Justice, Real Estate Bubble

#SpeculatorsWithoutBorders extracting affordable housing from Cambridge

A controversial protest organized by Black Lives Matter Cambridge resulted in extensive media coverage and an open letter last week in the Cambridge Chronicle entitled, Fight for affordable housing in Cambridge is fight for black liberation. Unfortunately, the same publication rejected my comment so posting here

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Posted in #SpeculatorsWithoutBorders, Affordable housing, Bidding wars, Consumer protection, Housing Justice, Investigative Reporting, RE2020, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance

Let’s declare Holy War on BLIND Bidding Wars

Declare Holy war on #BiddingWars? Who’d join Coalition of the Willing? Unwilling, why? #REonTap at #PRXPodcastGaragepic.twitter.com/COZMVI6Yko — Bill Wendel (@RealEstateCafe) August 17, 2016 There’s been a flurry of more than 30 comments on @NextDoor following a recent Cambridge City Council

Posted in #REonTap, #SpeculatorsWithoutBorders, Affordable housing, Bidding wars, Bubble Hour, Buyer agent, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Dual Agency Detective, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance

Who will put savings back into buyer agency?

My assumption is that many buyer agents who take fiduciary duties seriously have worked with buyers willing to pay over asking price because they believe rising prices will offset their leap of faith. In 1988, Nobel prize winning economist Robert

Posted in Bidding wars, Bubble Hour, Buyer agent, Defensive Homebuying, Dual Agency Detective, Great Senior Sell-Off, Housing bubble, Housing forecasts, Real Estate Bubble, Savings & Rebates, Seasonality, Timing the market

#RE2020 radar screen includes Blockchain & much more

  Since the early 1990’s, Real Estate Cafe has scouted innovations at the intersection of real estate + technology + consumer advocacy, but we’ve never attended a streak of events like the past month. As new technologies and players come

Posted in Best of Breed, Blockchain, Consumer protection, Disrupt Real Estate, IoT: Internet of Things, RE2020, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, reVRM, Tech Trends, VRM

How will AirBnB’s move expedite, expand uses of Blockchain in Real Estate?

Eager to see what kind of ripple effects this news will have at the upcoming VRM / IIW conference, and PersonalData and blockchain communities in Boston and beyond.  AirBnB’s acquisition and 17 million users certainly raise this question: How will

Posted in Blockchain, Disrupt Real Estate, Personal data, RE2020, Real Estate Roundtables, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, reVRM, Tech Trends, Unconference, VRM
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