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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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WANTED: Innovators & advocates to help real estate consumers “save tens of billions annually” in fees

If you scan the months listed on the right side of this page, you’ll see a gap between blog posts during October 2014 and January 2015: 10/07/15:  Disrupt, reform or realign real estate: Opportunities to connect dots & build synergy 10/09/15:

Posted in Commission Reform, Consumer protection, Disrupt Real Estate, Dump Dual Agency, RE2020, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, Real Estate Roundtables, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, reVRM, Unbundling the Commission, Uncategorized

Will fee-for-service movement launch “Agency Revival” or DOJ/FTC inquiry into real estate?

Yesterday, Inman News — arguably the leading real estate technology news service — launched an impressive report on a new generation of money-saving, disruptive real estate business models.  What they call “hybrid real estate” others, including the former chief economist (shown above)

Posted in Commission Reform, Consumer protection, Discount real estate, Disrupt Real Estate, Dump Dual Agency, Fee-for-service real estate, Hybrid real estate, Investigative Reporting, Real estate rebates, Unbundling the Commission

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

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

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

Homebuying 101: Do seminars expose conflicts of interest, implications of speculative cycles?

  In the documentary, Inequality for All, former Secretary of Labor / public policy professor Robert Reich uses an animated graphic (not the cartoon above) to describe the chain reactions and interrelationships that fuel economic cycles, both virtuous and vicious.

Posted in Bidding wars, Buyer agent, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Dual Agency Detective, Dump Dual Agency, Housing bubble, Real Estate Bubble, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance

Going postal parody or good governance? Dual Agency is a joke!

BRAVO!!!  When money can buy political influence and the Colbert Report commands more respect than Congress, how refreshing to read that one government agency is chastising another for patronizing business practices based on a conflict of interest. And no, it’s

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

Consumer advocates: What impacts are conflicts of interest having on bidding wars?

Imagine what would happen if the state of Massachusetts or your city or town imposed a real estate transfer tax of $50,000 on each transaction?  Consumer outrage, right?  Maybe even widespread opposition within the real estate industry? Yet, during 4Q2013,

Posted in Bidding wars, Buyer agent, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Dual Agency Detective, Dump Dual Agency, Pocket Listings, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Unconference

REpiphany: Keep Calm & insist on a REAL buyer agent in 2014

This morning, Boston.com’s real estate blog is asking whether 2014 will bring the “Return of the crazy buyer?”  It’s a complex discussion, but beyond behavioral economics and predictable irrationality are legal responsibilities to protect individuals and calm the housing market

Posted in Bidding wars, Buyer agent, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Dual Agency Detective, Dump Dual Agency, Housing forecasts, Market trends, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance
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