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#ImpactREbates: Can we crowdfund social good out of real estate rebates?

.@ImpactHubBOS @edXOnline Look forward to learning more re #uLab, link moneysaving #realestate biz models to #SocialGood via #ImpactREbates — Bill Wendel (@RealEstateCafe) September 7, 2015 Historically, September has been a big month for Real Estate Cafe, and this year a

Posted in "We" companies, ASAP: AIDS Shelter Alliance Partners, commission rebate, Crowdfunding, Impact Rebates, Pope's Encyclical, RE2020, Real estate philanthropy, Real estate rebates, Savings & Rebates

#MicroHousingLab 4/17-26: Are “Spinsters” leading the DIY co-living movement?

Commenting on WBUR / OnPointRadio program today on Spinsters:  At some point researchers say aging boomers, presumably both sexes, give up on finding a soulmate and look for / co-create a micro-tribe of their own. That may explain why woman

Posted in Affordable housing, Co-Living, Creative class, Crowdfunding, Crowdsourcing, Downsizing, Group buying, Group housing, Intentional Communities

Collaborating with housing & real estate labs to save BILLIONS annually!

  This morning, NPR listeners in Boston were greeted with news of one of the largest gifts ever given to MIT — a $118 million gift to MIT’s Center for Real Estate (MITCRE) to “advance socially responsible and sustainable real

Posted in Bidding wars, Commission Reform, Crowdfunding, Disrupt Real Estate, FSBO: For Sale By Owner, IntentCasting, RE2020, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, reVRM, VRM

Will Bidding Wars trigger local regulation or global reformation?

Click on icons above for details of homes sold $100,000 or more over asking price from April 1 to May 15, the first six weeks of 2Q2014 in Cambridge, Boston & Somerville. As Cambridge goes, so goes Lunenburg.​”​​  Really?  When a credible

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Posted in Affordable housing, Bidding wars, Bubble Hour, Crowdfunding, Defensive Homebuying, Dual Agency Detective, Housing bubble, Investigative Reporting, Real Estate Bubble, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance

Bidding War Cluster Bomb is homebuyer’s new Killer App

Tired of losing bidding wars, innovative DIY homebuyers in Cambridge, Massachusetts, one of the few cities in the world to have it’s own Peace Commission, are using the Social Enterprise Conference at Harvard Business School today to leak information about

Posted in ASAP: AIDS Shelter Alliance Partners, Bidding wars, Creative class, Crowd financing, Crowdfunding, Idea Bar, Real estate philanthropy, Social funding, Test kitchen

10 trends pointing to Group Housing, Intentional Communities too?

“It’s definitely a case of going back to the future,” one of the advocates Co-Living told NPR, but there’s a lot more than technology that brought them together. Here’s a top of the head list of 10 MEGA-trends pointing to

Posted in "We" companies, Co-Living, Creative class, Crowdfunding, Group housing, Homebuyer Clubs, Idea Bar, Intentional Communities, Market trends, Spiritual Home

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

Discouraged house hunters: Time to Persevere or go Proactive?

The Real Estate Cafe turns eighteen this year, and as the highlights below demonstrate, we’re coming of age.  But while perseverance may be the key to successful entrepreneurs, it may be costly for prudent homebuyers who sat out the last

Posted in Buyer agent, Creative class, Crowdfunding, Fee-for-service, Proactive househunting, Real Estate Bubble, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, reVRM, Social funding, Timing the market, VRM

DIY Homebuyers, November is “Let’s make a deal month”

November, as tired listing agents may admit, is generally a very good month for buyers to negotiate discounts on properties before listing contracts expire and sellers calculate the cost of carrying an unsold home through the winter. Original research conducted

Posted in Crowdfunding, DIY Homebuyers, Extreme Househunting, Fee-for-service, Luxury homes, Million Dollar Markdowns, Price reductions, Savings & Rebates, Seasonality, Timing the market

Seasonality or “housing recovery” backslide? Crowdfund research & save money!

​Have you been waiting for the recent exuberance about the “housing recovery” to subside?  Looks like the national housing market has reached a tipping point: TIPPING POINT: Seasonality or housing recovery backslide? #Crowdfund research, save money!… @crowdtilt #DIY #realestate

Posted in Crowdfunding, Housing bubble, Housing forecasts, Market trends, Price trends, Real Estate Bubble, Timing the market, Trend analysis
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