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#SmartFailing in Real Estate: Rebates, flat fees & fee-for-service over past 20 years

SMART FAILING: Trying to develop a new real estate business model to downsize commissions?  Whether you’re trying to reward DIY homebuyers with rebates, or help FSBOs — for sale by owner properties — avoid the real estate industry’s bloated commission structure, what

Posted in commission rebate, Discount real estate, Disrupt Real Estate, Fee-for-service real estate, FSBO: For Sale By Owner, RE2020, Real estate rebates, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Savings & Rebates, Tech Trends

Collaborating with housing & real estate labs to save BILLIONS annually!

  This morning, NPR listeners in Boston were greeted with news of one of the largest gifts ever given to MIT — a $118 million gift to MIT’s Center for Real Estate (MITCRE) to “advance socially responsible and sustainable real

Posted in Bidding wars, Commission Reform, Crowdfunding, Disrupt Real Estate, FSBO: For Sale By Owner, IntentCasting, RE2020, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, reVRM, VRM

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? (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

Fuming with “Holy Anger”? Can Millennials reform real estate, expand housing options?

Join us for a Q&A with @zillow CEO @spencerrascoff tomorrow at 5pm at the @HarvardGSD! — Harvard JCHS (@Harvard_JCHS) February 4, 2014 The “double whammy” that has Millennials fuming isn’t “just” a problem of mega-trends, like the two described

Posted in Affordable housing, Bidding wars, Consumer protection, Dual Agency Detective, FSBO: For Sale By Owner, Housing bubble, Mlllennials, Pocket Listings, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Unconference

Millennials: Getting killed by housing costs, or killing homeownership?

  Remember the scene in Dead Poet’s Society where Robin Williams stands on his desk, and challenges his students to change their perspective?  His message:  the way you see a problem or opportunity depends on where you stand.  So the

Posted in Affordable housing, Buyer agent, Defensive Homebuying, DIY Homebuyers, FSBO: For Sale By Owner, Intention Inventory, Mlllennials, reVRM, Timing the market, VRM

Double bind: Will soaring rent burdens shrink baby boomer nest eggs / inheritance?

Referencing the pain some homeowners suffered after the housing bubble,’s real estate blog asked Do renters have it tougher?  Baby boomers, before you begin family conversations over the Holidays about downsizing or transitioning aging parents, do the math: “More than half

Posted in Defensive Homebuying, FSBO: For Sale By Owner, Housing bubble, Housing forecasts, IntentCasting, Market trends, Real Estate Bubble, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Trend analysis

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

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

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

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

Glad’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
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