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New Year’s resolution: Fact check reports of real estate “frenzy”

Hmmm… if MLS listings are expiring or being canceled at roughly the same pace as they are selling, is there really a problem with low inventory in Massachusetts?  Or is it a problem with unrealistic prices, unreal price appreciation during

Posted in Bubble Hour, Defensive Homebuying, Expired listings, Housing bubble, Market trends, Price trends, Real Estate Bubble, Seasonality, Timing the market, Trend analysis

Real estate predictions 2014: Have sellers already missed the best time to sell?

Ready to reset your assumptions about where the housing market is headed in 2014 and beyond?  Compared to other housing gurus, Mark Hanson looks at trends upside down and backwards; as buyer agents, that’s Real Estate Cafe’s perspective too.  So

Posted in Bubble Hour, Buyer agent, Defensive Homebuying, Expired listings, Housing bubble, Housing forecasts, Pending sales, Real Estate Bubble, Timing the market, Trend analysis

Market snapshot confirms seasonal price reductions even in desirable towns

Yesterday, rightly blogged, Holiday season a gift for frustrated buyers.  Since there were so few comments and fewer facts, here’s a snapshot of what happened with single-family (SF) homes during the past month from a sample of six highly desirable towns

Posted in Expired listings, Housing bubble, Market trends, Pending sales, Price reductions, Price trends, Real estate deals, Savings & Rebates, Seasonality, Timing the market

Seasonality: Insider’s guide to cool deals in HOT neighborhoods

From comments thus far, looks like readers have missed the significance of seasonality in a blog post today about buying in HOT neighborhoods. The featured buyer timed the housing market a year before the last boom / bust cycle

Posted in DIY Homebuyers, Expired listings, Fee-for-service, FSBO: For Sale By Owner, Luxury homes, Million Dollar Markdowns, Price reductions, Savings & Rebates, Seasonality, Timing the market

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

Expired listings surge across Massachusetts as 2009 ends

Insert:  EXP & CAN Listings Last 10 Weeks of 2009 Fireworks weren’t the only thing exploding across Massachusett last night:  more than 2,200 MLS listings expired causing the total of “failed” (expired & canceled) MLS listings to surge to nearly

Posted in Expired listings, FSBO: For Sale By Owner, Listing agent report cards, Market trends, Savings & Rebates, Timing the market

10,000+ MA Sellers “rebelling” on anniversary of Boston Tea Party

Four years ago, The Real Estate Cafe used the site of the Boston Tea Party to warn that the housing bubble was beginning to deflate:  “Party like it’s 1773… …or should we say, like the real estate party’s over?“ This

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Posted in Expired listings, Listing agent report cards, Market trends
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