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Will “Last Hurrah” cause homebuyers to be “Haunted by the Housing Market?”

  In 2002, there were early indications of a housing bubble so the Real Estate Cafe prepared the slide show above —Haunted by the Housing Market — to document why we believed housing had reached a tipping point.  Seems some heavy

Posted in Bubble Hour, Buyer agent, Defensive Homebuying, Housing bubble, Housing forecasts, Luxury buyer agent, Million Dollar Markdowns, Price trends, Savings & Rebates, Seasonality

Seasonality: Insider’s guide to cool deals in HOT neighborhoods

From comments thus far, looks like Boston.com 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

Will stock market losses & Zillow forecast wipe out bidding wars?

Six weeks of stock market gains wiped out in two days? What does that do to your home buying decision-making process? Will that sell-off end the “year of the over-ask offer” in the housing market, or send more paperwealth into

Posted in Bidding wars, Bubble Hour, Buyer agent, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Housing bubble, Housing forecasts, Luxury homes, Million Dollar Markdowns, Talking offer, Timing the market

Mixed signals: Million dollar teardowns back but luxury listings up?

Trying to make sense of the luxury housing market in Massachusetts?  So are we.  Luxury condo towers are being reborn in downtown Boston, and million dollar teardowns — not seen since the Dot.com bubble created millions in paper wealth —

Posted in Bidding wars, Bubble Hour, Buyer agent, Housing bubble, Luxury buyer agent, Luxury homes, Million Dollar Markdowns, Real Estate Bubble, Timing the market

What’s really happening with luxury single-family homes across Massachusetts?

When it comes to real estate stats (or should I say spin?), Lily Tomlin was right: “No matter how cynical you become, it’s never enough to keep up.”  Blog posts and press releases last week from Redfin, Mass. Association of

Posted in Bidding wars, Bubble Hour, Buyer agent, Defensive Homebuying, Dual Agency Detective, Luxury buyer agent, Luxury homes, Million Dollar Markdowns, Price reductions, Sweetest Deals

Luxury homes: Do dueling governor mansions point to “Mansion Cliff”?

Same state, opposing parties. Two “governor mansions” for sale, one former governor, one current. One expired after 416 days, the other canceled after 268 days. Now, like running for reelection, both are relisted and SURPRISINGLY, both are asking less than their

Posted in Buyer agent, Luxury buyer agent, Luxury homes, Mansion Cliff, Million Dollar Markdowns, Price reductions, Seasonality, Timing the market

Following #My2K? Why not turn Mansion Cliff into #My$200K (or more)!

Black Friday and CyberMonday have come and gone, but a blog post before Thanksgiving asking why there isn’t a real estate equivalent got us thinking and analyzing data. Then when President Obama launched the #My2k campaign to raise awareness about

Posted in Change Agents, commission rebate, Commission Reform, Fee-for-service, In the News, Luxury homes, M$M, Market trends, Million Dollar Markdowns, Price reductions, Savings & Rebates, Seasonality, Sweetest Deals, Timing the market

DIY Homebuyers, November is “Let’s make a deal month”

November, as tired listing agents may admit, is generally a very good month for buyers to negotiate discounts on properties before listing contracts expire and sellers calculate the cost of carrying an unsold home through the winter. Original research conducted

Posted in Crowdfunding, DIY Homebuyers, Extreme Househunting, Fee-for-service, Luxury homes, Million Dollar Markdowns, Price reductions, Savings & Rebates, Seasonality, Timing the market

Learn how to use QR codes to find Sweet Deals

To celebrate it’s 16th birthday, The Real Estate Cafe is looking for 16 tech savvy homebuyers eager to experiment with new money-saving tools and approaches to home buying. Looking for Sweet Deals?  Our newly redesigned MLS interface allows you to

Posted in Creative class, DIY Homebuyers, Extreme Househunting, Fee-for-service, Listing buyers, Million Dollar Markdowns, Price reductions, reVRM, Savings & Rebates, Social Networking, Sweetest Deals, Tech Trends, Tipping Policy, Valentine's Day

Updating Million Dollar Markdowns

Greetings, Boston.com readers, The Real Estate Cafe is in the process of updating our database of “Million Dollar Markdowns” featured in the Boston Globe story, Luxury for Less, and will release more information soon.  In the meantime, we invite you

Posted in Bubble map, Defensive Homebuying, Luxury homes, Luxury housing, M$M, Market trends, Million Dollar Markdowns, Price reductions, Price trends, Real Estate Bubble, Savings & Rebates, Sweetest Deals
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