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“Consumer, Protect Thyself” with #CustomerTech, Enrich Thyself too

As our flurry of recent blog posts below attests, Real estate is the Sleeping Giant of the Consumer Movement! We tried sharing those links with the National Association of Real Estate Editors before their recent annual convention (#NAREE17) but thus

Posted in Blockchain, Buyer agent, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Disrupt Real Estate, Dual Agency Detective, HousingID, IntentCasting, Investigative Reporting, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Savings & Rebates, VRM

From #FakeBuyerAgents to Smart Disclosures & Information Fiduciaries

The official minutes are now online but they reveal little about the process or substance of the revised Agency Disclosure form in Massachusetts. As cited in complaints to the Attorney General’s Office and repeated follow-up with the Mass Office of

Posted in Buyer agent, Consumer protection, Designated Agency, Dual Agency Detective, Dump Dual Agency, Investigative Reporting, RE2020, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Tech Trends

Open Letter to National Association of Real Estate Editors #NAREE17

Open Letter to #NAREE17 Greetings, members of the National Association of Real Estate Editors As a longtime real estate consumer advocate and industry critic, look forward to your live tweets and event coverage during and after #NAREE17 this week in Denver.

Posted in Buyer agent, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Designated Agency, Dual Agency Detective, Dump Dual Agency, Investigative Reporting, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Unbundling the Commission

#SpeculatorsWithoutBorders extracting affordable housing from Cambridge

A controversial protest organized by Black Lives Matter Cambridge resulted in extensive media coverage and an open letter last week in the Cambridge Chronicle entitled, Fight for affordable housing in Cambridge is fight for black liberation. Unfortunately, the same publication rejected my comment so posting here

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Posted in #SpeculatorsWithoutBorders, Affordable housing, Bidding wars, Consumer protection, Housing Justice, Investigative Reporting, RE2020, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance

Out Bid or Out Dated: Industry & media hype missing Bidding Wars trends?

  .@BethTeitell @BostonGlobe 1Q2015 data misses seasonality, see @CurbedBoston Fall predictions http://t.co/Gl8C0Y7MSj pic.twitter.com/eaanXqiaRs — Bill Wendel (@RealEstateCafe) September 19, 2015 This started as a comment on BostonBubble, a decade old forum that’s enabled homebuyers in Boston to share headlines and

Posted in Bidding wars, Bubble Hour, Consumer protection, Crowdsourcing, Defensive Homebuying, Housing bubble, Investigative Reporting, Market trends, Seasonality, Timing the market

Will fee-for-service movement launch “Agency Revival” or DOJ/FTC inquiry into real estate?

Yesterday, Inman News — arguably the leading real estate technology news service — launched an impressive report on a new generation of money-saving, disruptive real estate business models.  What they call “hybrid real estate” others, including the former chief economist (shown above)

Posted in Commission Reform, Consumer protection, Discount real estate, Disrupt Real Estate, Dump Dual Agency, Fee-for-service real estate, Hybrid real estate, Investigative Reporting, Real estate rebates, Unbundling the Commission

Conflicts of interest beg for Real Estate Consumer Bill of DIGITAL Rights

Seventy-two hours apart, a leading real estate technology news site begins by reminding real estate professionals of their fiduciary duties (Agency = Expertise + UNDIVIDED Loyalty), then another article advises would-be listing agents to farm for sellers with a “Join my buyers

Posted in Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Disrupt Real Estate, Dual Agency Detective, Investigative Reporting, RE2020, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance

CFPB & FTC protect options, empower real estate consumers to save money

What a week!  Inman News just caught the government doing it’s job, again!  As regulators from the CFPB are taking heat from bankers to take down their new site encouraging homebuyers to exercise their right to make informed choices, the

Posted in Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Dual Agency Detective, Fee-for-service, Fee-for-service real estate, Investigative Reporting, RE2020, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Savings & Rebates

Using Anti-Corruption weekend to expose real estate case study

  Academics, activists and innovators are gathered this weekend at MIT for Citizens Rising Anti-Corruption Weekend to build awareness about the role big money and special interest groups play in shaping (buying?) government policies.  As consumer advocates who DEFEATED designated

Posted in Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Designated Agency, Dual Agency Detective, Dump Dual Agency, Investigative Reporting, RE2020, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, Real Estate Roundtables, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance

Bidding War Drone: In-House Intelligence Report raises questions

So far, no one has been injured by a real estate drone taking photos of their listings or homes for sale, but we’re glad the FAA is implementing regulations to prevent that in the future. Contrast that to bidding wars.

Posted in Bidding wars, Bubble map, Buyer agent, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Designated Agency, Dual Agency Detective, Investigative Reporting, Luxury homes, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance
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