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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

Want an EFFECTIVE Buyer Agent (or Listing Agent)? Better Shop Around

Eating lunch at the Cambridge Common near the Harvard Law School, and the overhead speakers are playing a 1960’s classic from Smokey Robinson & The Miracles with the prudent advice above, “you better shop around.” The same words could apply

Posted in Buyer agent, commission rebate, Discount real estate, DIY Homebuyers, FSBO: For Sale By Owner, Listing agent report cards, Luxury buyer agent, Proactive househunting, Real estate rebates, Savings & Rebates

Back to the Future: Do buyer agents really help consumers save money?

Only one previous blog post during 2018 — is this another abandoned real estate web site? Hardly.  While the housing market has been grossly overheated, and irrational exuberance drove bidding wars $100,000 over asking price; our attention as buyer agents, and leading

Posted in #REonTap, Bidding wars, Buyer agent, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Housing bubble, Luxury buyer agent, Proactive househunting, Savings & Rebates, Seasonality

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, Boston.com’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 Boston.com’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
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