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Confront Candidates by Crowdsourcing Housing Questions for Next Debate

Without a question about housing or any mention of investigations and lawsuits related to Trump University, references to real estate were revealing in last night’s debate between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. When a reporter asked afterwards if

Posted in #SpeculatorsWithoutBorders, Affordable housing, Consumer protection, Foreclosure Prevention, Housing bubble, Housing policy, Real Estate Bubble, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance

Taxpayers beware: Dual agents & designated agents expose all of us to risk

A Boston home buyer recently asked Trulia readers if his “mortgage interest rate [would] be higher if the listing agent and buying agent is the same person?”  He had allegedly been asked to pay 0.5 point more because he “chose” to

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

Open Data: What would real estate look like if there were no MLS?

Good morning, @_____________, First, thank you for taking a minute to read this private message. I appreciate the thought you put into your comments on Boston.com’s real estate blog, and have noted a number of times that our perspectives on

Posted in "We" companies, Bidding wars, Change Agents, Commission Reform, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Dual Agency Detective, Foreclosure Prevention, Housing bubble, Idea Bar, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, Real Estate Roundtables, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, reVRM, Unbundling the Commission, Unconference

Gov 2.0 Idea Starter: Using social media to bring about reforms / prevent another housing bubble

  Attending Gov 2.0 Camp New England at Harvard Kennedy School of Government.  You can watch online at http://bit.ly/gov20ne.  Hope others in attendance and online participate in these real estate roundtables and ongoing working groups.  Follow http://Twitter.com/RealEstateCafe for more information.

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Posted in Bidding wars, Bubble Hour, Commission Reform, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Dump Dual Agency, Foreclosure Prevention, Homebuyer Clubs, iPetition, Real Estate Bubble, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, Real Estate Roundtables, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Tech Trends

Proposal to turn ice cream truck into “Bailout Mobile” submitted to Awesome Awards

Background:  When The Real Estate Cafe bought an ice cream truck in January 2007, our hope was to repair the vehicle and create a mobile podcasting studio that could turn any open house into a BlockpARTy.  In addition to free

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Posted in ASAP: AIDS Shelter Alliance Partners, Creative class, Foreclosure Prevention, Foreclosures, Idea Bar

Obama’s Housing Plan: Protecting homebuyers / preventing future housing bubbles

Comments on NPR / WBUR talk show, Obama’s Housing Plan, cross-posted from Twitter: CLOSING QUESTION: Does Obama plan include long term reforms to prevent future housing bubble? Idea starters> http://tinyurl.com/REinventRE2 SHILLER: Says we need NEW market structures to protect consumers

Posted in Defensive Homebuying, Dual Agency Detective, Foreclosure Prevention, Foreclosures, Real Estate Bubble, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights

Mobilizing spiritual & pyschological safety nets for those facing foreclosure / financial instability

Comment posted on Cardinal Sean’s blog, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Dear Cardinal Sean, I am so pleased to read that the Planning Office for Urban Affairs is “beginning work to help people facing foreclosures who may be at risk

Posted in Foreclosure Prevention, Foreclosures, Spiritual Home
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