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“Consumer, Protect Thyself” with #CustomerTech, Enrich Thyself too

As our flurry of recent blog posts below attests, Real estate is the Sleeping Giant of the Consumer Movement! We tried sharing those links with the National Association of Real Estate Editors before their recent annual convention (#NAREE17) but thus

Posted in Blockchain, Buyer agent, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Disrupt Real Estate, Dual Agency Detective, HousingID, IntentCasting, Investigative Reporting, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Savings & Rebates, VRM

In #DysTrumpian era of “Consumer Protect Thyself,” powerful DIY tool for Homebuyers

In #DysTrumpian era of “Consumer Protect Thyself,” will real estate innovators step into the gap to help consumers make informed decisions? This campaign was launched today, #FlagDay and the first day of #NAREE17, to give homebuyers a powerful DIY tool:

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

From #FakeBuyerAgents to Smart Disclosures & Information Fiduciaries

The official minutes are now online but they reveal little about the process or substance of the revised Agency Disclosure form in Massachusetts. As cited in complaints to the Attorney General’s Office and repeated follow-up with the Mass Office of

Posted in Buyer agent, Consumer protection, Designated Agency, Dual Agency Detective, Dump Dual Agency, Investigative Reporting, RE2020, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Tech Trends

Open Letter to National Association of Real Estate Editors #NAREE17

Open Letter to #NAREE17 Greetings, members of the National Association of Real Estate Editors As a longtime real estate consumer advocate and industry critic, look forward to your live tweets and event coverage during and after #NAREE17 this week in Denver.

Posted in Buyer agent, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Designated Agency, Dual Agency Detective, Dump Dual Agency, Investigative Reporting, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Unbundling the Commission

Puffing the housing market: Time to pause or go proactive?

The headline above is distressing enough without using bloated list or asking prices — a stat that is meaningless so rarely quoted — to throw gas on overheated markets nationwide. Without more precise local information or insight into the economy,

Posted in Bidding wars, Bubble Hour, Buyer agent, Defensive Homebuying, Housing bubble, Intention Inventory, Proactive househunting, Real Estate Bubble, Savings & Rebates, Timing the market

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

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

Can everything — including buyer agency — be ‘Uberfied?’

Last October, a pundit in Huffington Post asked, “Where is on-demand headed next?”  His answer: We’re now entering what I like to call “phase II” of the on-demand economy… …up the ladder to higher-end professions. It won’t just be drivers and dry

Posted in Buyer agent, Commission Reform, Discount real estate, Fee-for-service, Inventory, Price reductions, RE2020, Real estate rebates, Savings & Rebates, Seasonality
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