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Tech-Hub Housing: Tech invasion or labs for innovation, corrective collaboration?

“In Trulia’s hometown of San Francisco, tensions are high over the lack of affordable housing and the growing wealth of technology companies and their workers.” — 5 Truths of Tech-Hub Housing Costs, Trulia blog Techies driving up housing costs? is a question

Posted in Affordable housing, Bidding wars, Co-Living, Creative class, Dual Agency Detective, Extreme Househunting, Pocket Listings, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Unconference, Whisper listings

Lifeline or dead end: Can first-time homebuyers really compete with cash buyers?

Despite it’s laudable goals and a well-intended blog post today in Boston.com, my sense is that the First Look program in Massachusetts, particularly in Boston, is a dead end, not a lifeline.  Beyond the dearth of inventory in MA is

Posted in Buyer agent, Consumer protection, Extreme Househunting, Foreclosures, Poverty, Savings & Rebates

DIY Homebuyers: Go PROACTIVE to identify “Intention Inventory,” avoid costs

Kudos to the Boston Globe for writing / blogging about a proactive house hunting strategy homebuyers used to create a win-win scenario with grateful if unintentional home sellers. Targeting homeowners who may sell in the future isn’t just “a new

Posted in "We" companies, Bidding wars, DIY Homebuyers, Extreme Househunting, IntentCasting, Intention Inventory, Proactive househunting, reVRM

Neighbors in a post-Snowden era: Would N-Scores increase Happiness?

To ask “Are you the neighborhood snob?”, as Boston.com’s real estate blog did yesterday, misses the point of Trulia’s Neighbor Survey.  Is anyone else concerned that 2/3rds of American say they like their neighbors, but nearly half don’t know their

Posted in Buyer agent, Extreme Househunting, Homebuyer Clubs, Idea Bar, IntentCasting, Mapping, Proactive househunting, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, reVRM, Tech Trends, VRM

Are DIY homebuyers & sellers already doing the IntentCast Dance?

If “dancing is the vertical expression of a horizontal intent,” are Zillow’s MakeMeMove listings and Proactive House Hunters already doing the IntentCast dance? In real estate, “IntentCasting” is simply telling others your home buying or selling intentions and inviting responses.

Posted in Bidding wars, DIY Homebuyers, Extreme Househunting, Idea Bar, IntentCasting, Proactive househunting, reVRM, Savings & Rebates, Tech Trends, VRM

Priced-out vs Blissed-out? Where should we house hunt?

Space starved in Greater Boston?  You’re not alone.  Today’s blog post on Boston.com recognizes that Boston buyers are not just space-starved, but that the “overcrowded and overpriced” region has left people house-poor, time-starved and stressed out.  Is there is a

Posted in Best of Breed, Creative class, DIY Homebuyers, Extreme Househunting, Idea Bar, Mapping, Price trends, Proactive househunting, reVRM, VRM

Extreme house hunting: Go hard or go home?

  A story yesterday on the leading real estate technology site revealed two findings worth sharing or should we say exposing — http://bit.ly/RExpose ? 1. An agent in Denver estimates that 25-30% of the sales right now are occurring “off-market.”

Posted in Bidding wars, Consumer protection, Counterintelligence, Defensive Homebuying, DIY Homebuyers, Dual Agency Detective, Extreme Househunting, Proactive househunting, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Seasonality

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

Experimenting with Real-Time Twitter feed on Boston.com real estate ad

The image above is a static screen grab, but you’ll find The Real Estate Cafe’s new, experimental LIVE Twitter feed on our Boston.com ad.  If you’d like to know more about how Twitter and other “real-time” tools are “revolutionizing the

Posted in Creative class, DIY Homebuyers, Extreme Househunting, Idea Bar, Inside The Real Estate Cafe, Real Estate Blogs: Best Practices, Real-time real etate, Savings & Rebates, Tech Trends, Twitter

“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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