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Using graduation & reunion season to reform real estate, #Hack4REGood

#Hack4REGood: Parents helping kids w/ #DownPayment isn’t new, but seeing it in a different way than previous generations, inventing NEW ways too! #Millennial homebuyers, talk to us about #REGiftMultiplier before asking parents or grandparents for help!https://t.co/N339UcvKac — Bill Wendel (@RealEstateCafe)

Posted in Affordable housing, Buyer agent, commission rebate, Idea Bar, Mlllennials, RE2020, Real estate rebates, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Savings & Rebates, Unbundling the Commission

Real estate consumer advocates run Best Quarter ever in $30B Savings / Reform Marathon

Two weeks before race day, began thinking of the Boston Marathon as a metaphor for another marathon with a historic starting line in Boston. Those who have run any distance know the preparation, persistence and pacing it takes to finish

Posted in Best of Breed, Commission Reform, Consumer protection, Designated Agency, Disrupt Real Estate, RE2020, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, Real Estate Roundtables, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Savings & Rebates, Unbundling the Commission

Use Pi Day to explain, hack the way the real estate commission pie is sliced?

IDEA STARTER:  Should #RE2020 use Pi Day, the celebration of a never-ending number to celebrate the approaching end of the bloated, two-side real estate commission pie? Real estate is not rocket science nor is it complex math which is why

Posted in #REonTap, Commission Reform, Consumer protection, Discount real estate, Proactive househunting, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, Real estate rebates, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Savings & Rebates, Unbundling the Commission

WSJ exposes privacy issues in real estate, need for Consumer Bill of Rights

The @WSJ reported today that popular phone apps like #HRMonitor, #Flo and #Realtor sent private data to @Facebook without users’ knowledge. No wonder advertisers are addicted to FB audience targeting tools, but what of #dataprivacy? Read the WSJ report: https://t.co/7YDv3YhT1w.

Posted in Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Dual Agency Detective, HousingID, IntentCasting, Personal data, Privacy, RE2020, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Tech Trends, VRM

Can CoBuying, CoLiving & local preferences help Generation Priced Out?

FACT CHECK #RE2020: Any insight into #CoBuying in #Boston. True 1 in 4 sales involves #CoBuyer, not family gifts money but real people (friends or #GoldenGirls) buying together, or some entity taking % ownership? Healthy trend, or sign of market’s

Posted in #SpeculatorsWithoutBorders, Affordable housing, Co-Living, Consumer protection, Downsizing, Great Senior Sell-Off, Group buying, Intentional Communities, Mlllennials, Real Estate Roundtables

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
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