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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 others.  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

Use #WorldRefugeeDay to seed #Hack4REGood / #InnovationMinistry?

Wish I had known about the Vatican’s new StartUp accelerator a month ago when the call was still open for entries to their first group of ideas / companies. http://bit.ly/HolyStartUp (share via social media) Have shared the link above with

Posted in #SpeculatorsWithoutBorders, ASAP: AIDS Shelter Alliance Partners, Change Agents, Crowdfunding, Impact Rebates, Luxury housing, Pope's Encyclical, RE2020, Real estate philanthropy

Using calls to “disrupt real estate” to raise awareness of money-saving alternatives

Greetings, fellow real estate consumer advocates and DIY homebuyers and sellers (particularly those hoping to sell for-sale-by-owner ), Have you seen the article this week in Entrepreneur Magazine: Who Will Step Up and Disrupt the Real Estate Industry? http://bit.ly/DisruptREAL (please share

Posted in Change Agents, Commission Reform, Consumer protection, Disrupt Real Estate, Fee-for-service, FSBO: For Sale By Owner, RE2020, Real Estate Roundtables, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Savings & Rebates

Disrupt, reform or realign real estate: Opportunities to connect dots & build synergy

A question asked yesterday in Entrepreneur Magazine has been echoing across the internet this year:  “Is it time for real estate to be disrupted?” The question is appropriate but too simplistic if it fails to recognize decades of failed reform efforts and that

Posted in Change Agents, Consumer protection, Dump Dual Agency, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, Real Estate Roundtables, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Savings & Rebates, Unbundling the Commission, VRM

Mr. President, how can we create an open, transparent, fair & affordable housing market?

Won’t you love to ask President Obama a question about the housing market or turn your complaints into a Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights?  The White House is hosting a housing Q&A online so let’s seize the opportunity to do that

Posted in Bidding wars, Bubble Hour, Change Agents, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Dual Agency Detective, Pocket Listings, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, Real Estate Roundtables, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance

Crowdfunding vs GreedFunding: How to redirect the “Double Dip”

Surveys show that the majority of consumers believe that real estate agents are overpaid. Does that mean individual agents are greedy?  Not necessarily but it does mean that the prevailing two-sided commission is obsolete, and the amount of compensation that

Posted in ASAP: AIDS Shelter Alliance Partners, Buyer agent, Change Agents, Commission Reform, Consumer protection, Crowdfunding, Dual Agency Detective, Dump Dual Agency, Fee-for-service, Unbundling the Commission

Open Data: What would real estate look like if there were no MLS?

Good morning, @_____________, First, thank you for taking a minute to read this private message. I appreciate the thought you put into your comments on Boston.com’s real estate blog, and have noted a number of times that our perspectives on

Posted in "We" companies, Bidding wars, Change Agents, Commission Reform, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Dual Agency Detective, Foreclosure Prevention, Housing bubble, Idea Bar, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, Real Estate Roundtables, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, reVRM, Unbundling the Commission, Unconference

Following #My2K? Why not turn Mansion Cliff into #My$200K (or more)!

Black Friday and CyberMonday have come and gone, but a blog post before Thanksgiving asking why there isn’t a real estate equivalent got us thinking and analyzing data. Then when President Obama launched the #My2k campaign to raise awareness about

Posted in Change Agents, commission rebate, Commission Reform, Fee-for-service, In the News, Luxury homes, M$M, Market trends, Million Dollar Markdowns, Price reductions, Savings & Rebates, Seasonality, Sweetest Deals, Timing the market

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

Can group buying deliver billions in savings annually to real estate consumers?

A week after it was published, a story about Groupon’s first real estate offer is still the most forwarded article on Inman News, the leading real estate technology web site. Beyond that, my Google alerts continue to forward a flurry

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Posted in Change Agents, commission rebate, Commission Reform, Consumer protection, Coupons, Group buying, Price reductions, reVRM, Savings & Rebates, Tech Trends, Timing the market
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