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Divorce real estate commissions, let homebuyers & sellers negotiate their own fees

Are the stars aligning?  Last Thursday, participants of @REBarCampBoston talked openly about how “Real Estate is Broken” and the conversation continues, agent to agent, on Facebook.  There a a list of 25+ industry flaws includes one that the Consumer Federation

Posted in commission rebate, Commission Reform, Do-it-yourself, FSBO: Best Practices, IntentCasting, RE2020, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, Real Estate Roundtables, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, reVRM, Tipping Policy

Seeding C2C / P2P real estate unconferences for consumers to connect, save money

    The powerful one-touch punch delivered in national media this week against pocket listing and dual agency / designated agency will send ripple effects through the traditional real estate industry and it’s regulatory environment; but time is short to

Posted in Bidding wars, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, DIY Homebuyers, Dual Agency Detective, FSBO: Best Practices, Pocket Listings, Proactive househunting, Real Estate Roundtables, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Unconference

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

Fuzzy Math & misleading listings: Who’s a DIY homebuyer or FSBO to trust?

Glad Boston.com’s real estate blogger kicked off the New Year by challenging an assumption anyone buying or selling a home in 2013 may make to price their home or make an offer. Beyond the main lesson—don’t assume listing sites provide

Posted in Buyer agent, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, DIY Homebuyers, Do-it-yourself, FSBO: Best Practices, FSBO: For Sale By Owner, Real Estate Roundtables, reVRM, Tech Trends

FLASHBACK: DIY Web publishing for real estate 1999 vs 3Q2012

​DIY home buyers and FSBOs:  Think about real estate websites you’ve used, from real estate portals, like Zillow, Trulia, and Realtor.com, to real estate brands, like Coldwell Banker and Redfin.   What features to you like best? What frustrates you

Posted in Best of Breed, Client Feedback, Consumer protection, DIY Homebuyers, Do-it-yourself, Fee-for-service, FSBO: Best Practices, Idea Bar, Inside The Real Estate Cafe, Writing tools

Test offer: Get 50% off hourly fee, plus 100% REBATE!

SORRY THIS OFFER HAS EXPIRED.  Click for current deals. Boston.com readers and others, we’d love to know what you think of this special offer.  What other kinds of “deals” would you like to see The Real Estate Cafe add to

Posted in Best of Breed, Coupons, Deals, FSBO: Best Practices, FSBO: For Sale By Owner, Real estate deals, Savings & Rebates

Mobile Real Estate Apps: Will Geo-Fencing create a Geo-FSBO Future?

The real estate industry is buzzing this week about two blog posts, “Geo-fencing and mobile marketing” published by Inman News and Chris Thorman’s original blog post, “Searching for Real Estate Made Easy: Geo-Fences Plus Mobile Phones.”  (Chris writes for Software

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Posted in DIY Homebuyers, FSBO: Best Practices, Idea Bar, Listing buyers, Mapping, Savings & Rebates, Tech Trends, Timing the market

Should we organize a “FSBOTradeMart” so sellers can meet vendors & homebuyers?

Homeowners:  If you’re already selling your home “for sale by owner” or hope to do some sometime this Fall, would it be helpful to meet (1) other sellers, (2) “best of breed” money-saving vendors who can turbocharge your FSBO, and

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Posted in "We" companies, Change Agents, Fee-for-service, FSBO: Best Practices, FSBO: For Sale By Owner, Idea Bar, Savings & Rebates

RECafe’s new Boston.com ad to feature “Best of Breed” money-saving demos

===== The Real Estate Cafe is working on new artwork to replace our existing banner ad on Boston.com’s open house search page.  Do-it-yourself homebuyers and sellers, what kind of educational seminars would you like us to host this month, and

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Posted in Best of Breed, Change Agents, Extreme Househunting, FSBO: Best Practices, Inside The Real Estate Cafe, Social Networking, Unconference

When to try “For Sale By Owner”: The Rest of the Story

We’re BIG fans of Ilyce Glink’s and ForSaleByOwner.com, but think this 100 second sound bite does not do justice to their wealth of knowledge nor the complexity of selling one’s own home “for sale by owner.” My guess is that

Posted in Do-it-yourself, Fee-for-service, FSBO: Best Practices, FSBO: For Sale By Owner, Savings & Rebates
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