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Mega-Broker Portal: Will homebuyers be left Upstream without a buyer agent?

Anyone else trying to make sense of the controversy surrounding Upstream, the code name for the mega-Broker Public Portal? Yesterday, Inman News published a guest opinion asking:  “Will Upstream be good for everyone?”  Not only was this author’s answer NO,

Posted in Buyer agent, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Disrupt Real Estate, Great Senior Sell-Off, IoT: Internet of Things, Pocket Listings, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, reVRM, Uncategorized

Pocket Listings: Smoking gun outs conflict of interest in real estate

  The first round of Real Estate is Broken, a hard-hitting agent-to-agent critique of the residential industry last week in Boston, began with this one-two punch: “When I grew up in the industry, pocket listing was a bad word; now

Posted in Bidding wars, Buyer agent, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Designated Agency, Dual Agency Detective, IntentCasting, Pocket Listings, RE2020, VRM, Whisper listings

Reform or disrupt? Where will real estate be in 5 years? #RE2020

  Loaded words were flying yesterday at Real Estate BarCamp Boston and it wasn’t real estate consumer advocates taking cheap shots, it was real estate brokers — even company owners and at least one attorney calling out the industry’s shortcomings and

Posted in Commission Reform, Consumer protection, Mlllennials, Pocket Listings, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, Real Estate Roundtables, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, reVRM, Savings & Rebates, Tech Trends

Tech-Hub Housing: Tech invasion or labs for innovation, corrective collaboration?

“In Trulia’s hometown of San Francisco, tensions are high over the lack of affordable housing and the growing wealth of technology companies and their workers.” — 5 Truths of Tech-Hub Housing Costs, Trulia blog Techies driving up housing costs? is a question

Posted in Affordable housing, Bidding wars, Co-Living, Creative class, Dual Agency Detective, Extreme Househunting, Pocket Listings, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Unconference, Whisper listings

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! pic.twitter.com/1Pxps6YlEs — 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

Seeding C2C / P2P real estate unconferences for consumers to connect, save money

    The powerful one-touch punch delivered in national media this week against pocket listing and dual agency / designated agency will send ripple effects through the traditional real estate industry and it’s regulatory environment; but time is short to

Posted in Bidding wars, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, DIY Homebuyers, Dual Agency Detective, FSBO: Best Practices, Pocket Listings, Proactive househunting, Real Estate Roundtables, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Unconference

Truth telling + Transparency = Transformative savings for real estate consumers

This morning, a columnist in the Boston Globe offered an opinion entitled, Four hard truths about housing.  Assuming the conversation is open to crowdsourcing, readers are invited to elaborate on (or debate) a 5th hard truth: Some in the residential brokerage industry

Posted in Bidding wars, Buyer agent, Commission Reform, Consumer protection, Dual Agency Detective, Pocket Listings, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, reVRM, Savings & Rebates, VRM

Will runaway bidding wars create real estate refugees in Cambridge? What would MLK do?

  It’s MLKing weekend, and that always challenges me to think about economic and social justice.  As a consumer advocate / buyer agent, our analysis of recent bidding wars in Cambridge leads me to ask whether the city might become a

Posted in Bidding wars, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Dual Agency Detective, Intention Inventory, Market trends, Pocket Listings, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, reVRM, VRM

Consumer advocates: What impacts are conflicts of interest having on bidding wars?

Imagine what would happen if the state of Massachusetts or your city or town imposed a real estate transfer tax of $50,000 on each transaction?  Consumer outrage, right?  Maybe even widespread opposition within the real estate industry? Yet, during 4Q2013,

Posted in Bidding wars, Buyer agent, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Dual Agency Detective, Dump Dual Agency, Pocket Listings, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Unconference

Real estate rebels plan Boston Realty Party to document slowdown, plot reforms

NEWS FLASH: Thanks to Boston.com’s real estate blogger for validating the off-season price reductions we discovered and picking some transactions out of the data to write his blog post today. Homebuyers, please share this 140 character message via Twitter or

Posted in Bidding wars, Bubble Hour, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Dual Agency Detective, Housing forecasts, Idea Bar, Pocket Listings, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Seasonality, VRM
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