Blog Archives

Can everything — including buyer agency — be ‘Uberfied?’

Last October, a pundit in Huffington Post asked, “Where is on-demand headed next?”  His answer: We’re now entering what I like to call “phase II” of the on-demand economy… …up the ladder to higher-end professions. It won’t just be drivers and dry

Posted in Buyer agent, Commission Reform, Discount real estate, Fee-for-service, Inventory, Price reductions, RE2020, Real estate rebates, Savings & Rebates, Seasonality

Uber-fication of Real Estate? Fee-for-service consultants available on-demand (for past 20 years!)

Very pleased that NPR’s nationally syndicated talkshow @OnPointRadio aired a program today about the on-demand economy: Uber, But For Everything We look at the “Uber-fication” of the marketplace.  On-demand services for almost anything, everything, are catching on. Changing our economy

Posted in Commission Reform, Discount real estate, Fee-for-service, RE2020, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, Real-time real etate, reVRM, Savings & Rebates, Tech Trends, Unbundling the Commission

CFPB & FTC protect options, empower real estate consumers to save money

What a week!  Inman News just caught the government doing it’s job, again!  As regulators from the CFPB are taking heat from bankers to take down their new site encouraging homebuyers to exercise their right to make informed choices, the

Posted in Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Dual Agency Detective, Fee-for-service, Fee-for-service real estate, Investigative Reporting, RE2020, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Savings & Rebates

Using calls to “disrupt real estate” to raise awareness of money-saving alternatives

Greetings, fellow real estate consumer advocates and DIY homebuyers and sellers (particularly those hoping to sell for-sale-by-owner ), Have you seen the article this week in Entrepreneur Magazine: Who Will Step Up and Disrupt the Real Estate Industry? http://bit.ly/DisruptREAL (please share

Posted in Change Agents, Commission Reform, Consumer protection, Disrupt Real Estate, Fee-for-service, FSBO: For Sale By Owner, RE2020, Real Estate Roundtables, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Savings & Rebates

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

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

From comments thus far, looks like Boston.com 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

Got DIY content? It pays to do your homework here!

  “It pays to do your homework here!” That was one of the headlines used in the first full-page ad placed by the Real Estate Cafe in April 1996. To dramatize that we were turning the real estate industry upside

Posted in Bubble map, Buyer agent, commission rebate, Commission Reform, Defensive Homebuying, Discount real estate, DIY Homebuyers, Fee-for-service, Proactive househunting, Real Estate Bubble, Savings & Rebates, Tipping Policy

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

Crowdfunding vs GreedFunding: How to redirect the “Double Dip”

Surveys show that the majority of consumers believe that real estate agents are overpaid. Does that mean individual agents are greedy?  Not necessarily but it does mean that the prevailing two-sided commission is obsolete, and the amount of compensation that

Posted in ASAP: AIDS Shelter Alliance Partners, Buyer agent, Change Agents, Commission Reform, Consumer protection, Crowdfunding, Dual Agency Detective, Dump Dual Agency, Fee-for-service, Unbundling the Commission

Discouraged house hunters: Time to Persevere or go Proactive?

The Real Estate Cafe turns eighteen this year, and as the highlights below demonstrate, we’re coming of age.  But while perseverance may be the key to successful entrepreneurs, it may be costly for prudent homebuyers who sat out the last

Posted in Buyer agent, Creative class, Crowdfunding, Fee-for-service, Proactive househunting, Real Estate Bubble, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, reVRM, Social funding, Timing the market, VRM
Recent Posts
Recent Comments
    Archives
    Categories
    Meta
    HTML Snippets Powered By : XYZScripts.com