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Let’s poke fun at the Sleeping Giant of the Consumer Movement

Twenty-five years, one of the keynote speakers at the Consumer Federation of America’s annual Financial Services conferences, delivered words that still ring true: “Real Estate is the Sleeping Giant of the Consumer Movement.” Too little has changed over the past two and half

Posted in #SpeculatorsWithoutBorders, Blockchain, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Designated Agency, Dual Agency Detective, Humor, Podcasts, RE2020, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance

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

@POTUS > Crack down on Conflicts of Interest in real estate, too?

Before the week ends, Inman News will publish their 10,000 word report on the rise and potential impact of new “hybrid real estate” sites on the bloated real estate commission model in the US.  From the perspective of a longtime real

Posted in Buyer agent, Commission Reform, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Designated Agency, Disrupt Real Estate, Fee-for-service real estate, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Savings & Rebates

Bidding War Scorecard: Is Designated Agency having a bipolar impact in Cambridge?

Has the housing market reached a tipping point, even in grossly overheated Cambridge, MA? Too early to answer that question, but our Bidding War Scorecard keeps revealing interesting data points about conflicts of interest in real estate. For example, during August

Posted in Bidding wars, Buyer agent, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Designated Agency, Dual Agency Detective, Price reductions, Real Estate Bubble, Seasonality, Timing the market

CALLING ALL ANGELS: Can homebuyers separate real estate predators from protectors?

  Created after the Second Vatican Council, today’s Feast of the Archangels is a very modern feast day and points to the Feast of the Guardian Angels on Thursday October 2. Is there a way for CruxNow — a new

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

Pocket Listings: Smoking gun outs conflict of interest in real estate

  The first round of Real Estate is Broken, a hard-hitting agent-to-agent critique of the residential industry last week in Boston, began with this one-two punch: “When I grew up in the industry, pocket listing was a bad word; now

Posted in Bidding wars, Buyer agent, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Designated Agency, Dual Agency Detective, IntentCasting, Pocket Listings, RE2020, VRM, Whisper listings

Using Anti-Corruption weekend to expose real estate case study

  Academics, activists and innovators are gathered this weekend at MIT for Citizens Rising Anti-Corruption Weekend to build awareness about the role big money and special interest groups play in shaping (buying?) government policies.  As consumer advocates who DEFEATED designated

Posted in Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Designated Agency, Dual Agency Detective, Dump Dual Agency, Investigative Reporting, RE2020, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, Real Estate Roundtables, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance

Bidding War Drone: In-House Intelligence Report raises questions

So far, no one has been injured by a real estate drone taking photos of their listings or homes for sale, but we’re glad the FAA is implementing regulations to prevent that in the future. Contrast that to bidding wars.

Posted in Bidding wars, Bubble map, Buyer agent, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Designated Agency, Dual Agency Detective, Investigative Reporting, Luxury homes, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance

Bidding Wars: Will escalator clauses put designated agency into investigative spotlight?

  Yesterday, the Boston Globe did it again — fanned bidding war fever in the region with another headline that read, Tight housing market drives rising bids:  Tight market drives escalation clause use.  Thankfully, the reader comment that has attracted the

Posted in Bidding wars, Consumer protection, Crowdsourcing, Defensive Homebuying, Designated Agency, Dual Agency Detective, Housing bubble, Investigative Reporting, Real Estate Bubble, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance
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