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Homebuyers: Need offensive & defensive game plans or occasional coaching?

Thinking about buying a home in 2019?  Yes, it’s pre-season — but got a game plan?  Last night’s Super Bowl victory was also a lesson in the importance of systems or game plans.  The offense and defense both have game plans,

Posted in Buyer agent, commission rebate, Creative class, Defensive Homebuying, DIY Homebuyers, iCovery, IntentCasting, Proactive househunting, Savings & Rebates, Seasonality

Will Pope’s encyclical expand Housing Justice Movement?

Homeownership rates are falling in Massachusetts and across the nation, and housing is back in newspaper headlines and nationally syndicated talk shows.  Here’s one perspective, that knowingly or unknowingly, points to the Pope’s encyclical on the environment and the prospect of a grassroots movement for

Posted in Affordable housing, Bubble Hour, Great Senior Sell-Off, Housing bubble, Housing Justice, iCovery, Luxury housing, Pope's Encyclical, Price trends, Real Estate Bubble

Is growing inventory a bright spot or was housing recovery a giant blind spot?

  To see how far winning bids are above or below original asking prices, run your cursor over individual sales in this scatterplot.  Each data point shows ($K over or under, as well as %).  Too zoom-in, drag a box

Posted in Bidding wars, Buyer agent, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Housing bubble, iCovery, Market trends, Price reductions, Price trends, Real Estate Bubble

WARNING Homebuyers: Will feeling blue morph into feeling misled?

  Rising prices and games real estate agents play have Home buyers feeling blue, according to recent national surveys. Thankfully,’s blog post this morning provided stats from Zillow and Redfin, even if it’s a bit confusing to compare and

Posted in Bidding wars, Bubble Hour, Buyer agent, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Dual Agency Detective, Housing forecasts, iCovery, Real Estate Bubble, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance

Housing “iCovery” driven by Interest rates, Investors, Illusion & near Insanity in DC?

Pointing to a wobbling economy made more vulnerable by political gamesmanship in Washington, today’s real estate blog asks, Low interest rates today, tomorrow, forever? “This is big news for home buyers – today’s low interest rates, hovering now at

Posted in Bubble Hour, Buyer agent, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Housing bubble, Housing forecasts, iCovery, In the News, Real Estate Bubble
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