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Puffing the housing market: Time to pause or go proactive?

The headline above is distressing enough without using bloated list or asking prices — a stat that is meaningless so rarely quoted — to throw gas on overheated markets nationwide. Without more precise local information or insight into the economy,

Posted in Bidding wars, Bubble Hour, Buyer agent, Defensive Homebuying, Housing bubble, Intention Inventory, Proactive househunting, Real Estate Bubble, Savings & Rebates, Timing the market

InventoryGate: Fact checking “tight inventory” & “the rest of the story”

The headline, “Home buyers face tight inventories, rising prices this spring” followed a predictable script for the past two years, but the level of sensationalized reporting in the Boston Globe’s recent story may have crossed a line.  First a cash bidding

Posted in Bubble Hour, Buyer agent, Counterintelligence, Crowdsourcing, Defensive Homebuying, DIY Homebuyers, In the News, Intention Inventory, Proactive househunting, Tipping Policy

Return of frenzied real estate spin? Don’t be fooled again

Excerpt from broker facing MLS: Concerned that the housing market this Spring could become irrational again,’s real estate blogger raised questions today about the risks / rewards of waiving contingencies: A buyer’s most foolish move Yesterday, one of Real

Posted in Bidding wars, Buyer agent, Commission Reform, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, DIY Homebuyers, Proactive househunting, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Savings & Rebates, Unbundling the Commission

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

DIY Homebuyers: Go PROACTIVE to identify “Intention Inventory,” avoid costs

Kudos to the Boston Globe for writing / blogging about a proactive house hunting strategy homebuyers used to create a win-win scenario with grateful if unintentional home sellers. Targeting homeowners who may sell in the future isn’t just “a new

Posted in "We" companies, Bidding wars, DIY Homebuyers, Extreme Househunting, IntentCasting, Intention Inventory, Proactive househunting, reVRM

Right-sizing your American Dream: An extra bedroom or 1/3rd off the price?

On Saturday, one of the Real Estate Cafe’s new clients, a five-person household (husband, wife and three kids under 11) seriously considered making an offer on a two-bedroom condo in Cambridge. When I shared this experience with my adult daughter

Posted in Buyer agent, Defensive Homebuying, Luxury buyer agent, Luxury homes, Price reductions, Proactive househunting, Savings & Rebates

Neighbors in a post-Snowden era: Would N-Scores increase Happiness?

To ask “Are you the neighborhood snob?”, as’s real estate blog did yesterday, misses the point of Trulia’s Neighbor Survey.  Is anyone else concerned that 2/3rds of American say they like their neighbors, but nearly half don’t know their

Posted in Buyer agent, Extreme Househunting, Homebuyer Clubs, Idea Bar, IntentCasting, Mapping, Proactive househunting, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, reVRM, Tech Trends, VRM

Whisper listings open questions, highlight benefits of Proactive House Hunting

When whispers scream my house is for sale, who needs a listing broker?  Or for that matter the MLS?  Isn’t that what Pocket Listings, Quiet Listings, and Whisper Listings have been demonstrating for the past six months in California and

Posted in Bidding wars, Buyer agent, DIY Homebuyers, Dual Agency Detective, IntentCasting, Pocket Listings, Proactive househunting, reVRM, Savings & Rebates

Got DIY content? It pays to do your homework here!

  “It pays to do your homework here!” That was one of the headlines used in the first full-page ad placed by the Real Estate Cafe in April 1996. To dramatize that we were turning the real estate industry upside

Posted in Bubble map, Buyer agent, commission rebate, Commission Reform, Defensive Homebuying, Discount real estate, DIY Homebuyers, Fee-for-service, Proactive househunting, Real Estate Bubble, Savings & Rebates, Tipping Policy

Are DIY homebuyers & sellers already doing the IntentCast Dance?

If “dancing is the vertical expression of a horizontal intent,” are Zillow’s MakeMeMove listings and Proactive House Hunters already doing the IntentCast dance? In real estate, “IntentCasting” is simply telling others your home buying or selling intentions and inviting responses.

Posted in Bidding wars, DIY Homebuyers, Extreme Househunting, Idea Bar, IntentCasting, Proactive househunting, reVRM, Savings & Rebates, Tech Trends, VRM
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