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#MicroHousingLab 4/17-26: Are “Spinsters” leading the DIY co-living movement?

Commenting on WBUR / OnPointRadio program today on Spinsters:  At some point researchers say aging boomers, presumably both sexes, give up on finding a soulmate and look for / co-create a micro-tribe of their own. That may explain why woman

Posted in Affordable housing, Co-Living, Creative class, Crowdfunding, Crowdsourcing, Downsizing, Group buying, Group housing, Intentional Communities

CARPE DIEM! Group funding opportunity offers 16% ROI

  Insert image:  RebateCheckHands.jpg Over the past sixteen years, The Real Estate Cafe has experimented with a variety of alternative, money-saving approaches to real estate brokerage.  Today, we’re rolling our latest experimental dish: DIY crowd financing with a 16% ROI! 

Posted in "We" companies, ASAP: AIDS Shelter Alliance Partners, Crowd financing, Group buying, Idea Bar, Savings & Rebates, Social funding, Test kitchen

Don’t wait for “group buying” sites to deliver real estate savings, propose your own!

Comment on @InmanNews blog post: Groupon, other big ‘group buy’ sites slow to embrace real estate Like nearly anything online, there are “do-it-yourself” options for anyone in the real estate industry – broker, lender, seller, or product / service vendor

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Posted in "We" companies, Coupons, DIY Homebuyers, Do-it-yourself, Group buying, Homebuyer Clubs, Real estate deals, Real-time real etate, reVRM, Savings & Rebates, Tech Trends, VRM

Would divorcing the two-sided real estate commission deliver more savings than Groupon?

Inman News, the leading real estate technology website just published an article entitled “Conflict, confusion and risk in real estate commissions” which documents the growth of fee-for-service business models, like The Real Estate Cafe.  It’s a good overview, but wish

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Posted in Commission Reform, Consumer protection, Coupons, DIY Homebuyers, Do-it-yourself, Group buying, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Savings & Rebates

Taste Test the Real Estate Cafe’s new “Menu of Savings”

Greetings, DIY homebuyers and sellers! The Real Estate Cafe is experimenting with it’s new Menu of Savings and we need your feedback to tweak our offers and identify bugs, misdirected links, etc. If you’d like to receive future deals by

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Posted in Coupons, DIY Homebuyers, Do-it-yourself, Fee-for-service, Group buying, Savings & Rebates

Can group buying deliver billions in savings annually to real estate consumers?

A week after it was published, a story about Groupon’s first real estate offer is still the most forwarded article on Inman News, the leading real estate technology web site. Beyond that, my Google alerts continue to forward a flurry

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Posted in Change Agents, commission rebate, Commission Reform, Consumer protection, Coupons, Group buying, Price reductions, reVRM, Savings & Rebates, Tech Trends, Timing the market

Groupon for Real Estate or GroupCon? Choose MEGA-savings, not marginal coupons!

Glad to see one of the most innovative thought leaders in e-commerce moving the “Groupon for Real Estate” conversation from industry insiders to the blogosphere, but note that Pat Kitano’s blog post is real estate agent-centric and may assume traditional

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Posted in "We" companies, Bubble map, commission rebate, Commission Reform, Consumer protection, Coupons, DIY Homebuyers, Dual Agency Detective, Dump Dual Agency, Fee-for-service, Group buying, Homebuyer Clubs, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, reVRM, Savings & Rebates, Unbundling the Commission
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