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Divorce real estate commissions, let homebuyers & sellers negotiate their own fees

Are the stars aligning?  Last Thursday, participants of @REBarCampBoston talked openly about how “Real Estate is Broken” and the conversation continues, agent to agent, on Facebook.  There a a list of 25+ industry flaws includes one that the Consumer Federation

Posted in commission rebate, Commission Reform, Do-it-yourself, FSBO: Best Practices, IntentCasting, RE2020, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, Real Estate Roundtables, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, reVRM, Tipping Policy

What would Geico do: REthink Council vs reThink Commissions?

Can Warren Buffett’s entry into real estate do for consumers what Geico – a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway – did for insurance?  So far, there’s no evidence Berkshire Hathaway Homes Services (BHHS) is launching a witty marketing campaign or offering a value

Posted in "We" companies, Commission Reform, Creative class, DIY Homebuyers, Do-it-yourself, Fee-for-service, reVRM, Savings & Rebates, VRM

Peer-to-Peer advice: A FSBO success story shares DIY process

Guest blog post:  Brian DuBoff, a biomedical scientist with no formal background in real estate or anything related, shares his experience selling condos and single family homes in Boston and Brookline “for sale by owner” (FSBO).  Brian’s reflection on being a

Posted in Do-it-yourself, Fee-for-service, FSBO: Best Practices, FSBO: For Sale By Owner, Savings & Rebates

Really, why shouldn’t sellers try FSBO: For Sale by Owner?

Today,’s real estate blogger asks, “Really, why shouldn’t sellers wait for higher prices?”  We’ve reframed the question to propose an option which may be more profitable: “Why shouldn’t sellers try For Sale by Owner?  Last week, Yale economist Robert Shiller

Posted in Bidding wars, Discount real estate, DIY Homebuyers, Do-it-yourself, Expired listings, Fee-for-service, Fiscal cliff, FSBO: For Sale By Owner, Housing forecasts, Price trends, Proactive househunting

Don’t need a full-service buyer agent? Propose your own fee and rebate

The results of a recent Google search for our company, “Real Estate Cafe,” produced a surprising result.  Even though we were the first cyber cafe in the world when we opened 18 years ago, our page on, a request for proposals (RFP)

Posted in Buyer agent, commission rebate, Commission Reform, DIY Homebuyers, Do-it-yourself, Fee-for-service, IntentCasting, Luxury buyer agent, reVRM, Savings & Rebates, VRM

Fuzzy Math & misleading listings: Who’s a DIY homebuyer or FSBO to trust?

Glad’s real estate blogger kicked off the New Year by challenging an assumption anyone buying or selling a home in 2013 may make to price their home or make an offer. Beyond the main lesson—don’t assume listing sites provide

Posted in Buyer agent, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, DIY Homebuyers, Do-it-yourself, FSBO: Best Practices, FSBO: For Sale By Owner, Real Estate Roundtables, reVRM, Tech Trends

FLASHBACK: DIY Web publishing for real estate 1999 vs 3Q2012

​DIY home buyers and FSBOs:  Think about real estate websites you’ve used, from real estate portals, like Zillow, Trulia, and, to real estate brands, like Coldwell Banker and Redfin.   What features to you like best? What frustrates you

Posted in Best of Breed, Client Feedback, Consumer protection, DIY Homebuyers, Do-it-yourself, Fee-for-service, FSBO: Best Practices, Idea Bar, Inside The Real Estate Cafe, Writing tools

Homebuyer Survey: Where are Boston housing prices headed in 2012 & beyond?

Keeping an eye on real estate in Massachusetts?  DIY homebuyers, visit our new experimental blog and tell us where you see Boston housing prices going in 2012 and beyond.

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Posted in Bubble Hour, Consumer surveys, DIY Homebuyers, Do-it-yourself, Housing bubble, Housing forecasts, Market trends, Price trends, Real Estate Bubble, Timing the market

Don’t wait for “group buying” sites to deliver real estate savings, propose your own!

Comment on @InmanNews blog post: Groupon, other big ‘group buy’ sites slow to embrace real estate Like nearly anything online, there are “do-it-yourself” options for anyone in the real estate industry – broker, lender, seller, or product / service vendor

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Posted in "We" companies, Coupons, DIY Homebuyers, Do-it-yourself, Group buying, Homebuyer Clubs, Real estate deals, Real-time real etate, reVRM, Savings & Rebates, Tech Trends, VRM

“Consumer-centric” vs “buyer-centric, user-driven & savings-focused” real estate business models

Thought leaders in the “intention economy” are careful to distinguish between user-centric sites and user-driven sites, but that’s not been the case in real estate.  If you are a tech-savvy, do-it-yourself home buyer, you should be careful to identify whether

Posted in Commission Reform, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, DIY Homebuyers, Do-it-yourself, Dual Agency Detective, Extreme Househunting, Fee-for-service, Listing buyers, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, reVRM, Savings & Rebates, Tech Trends, Unbundling the Commission, VRM
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