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Real estate consumer advocates run Best Quarter ever in $30B Savings / Reform Marathon

Two weeks before race day, began thinking of the Boston Marathon as a metaphor for another marathon with a historic starting line in Boston. Those who have run any distance know the preparation, persistence and pacing it takes to finish

Posted in Best of Breed, Commission Reform, Consumer protection, Designated Agency, Disrupt Real Estate, RE2020, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, Real Estate Roundtables, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Savings & Rebates, Unbundling the Commission

Use Pi Day to explain, hack the way the real estate commission pie is sliced?

IDEA STARTER:  Should #RE2020 use Pi Day, the celebration of a never-ending number to celebrate the approaching end of the bloated, two-side real estate commission pie? Real estate is not rocket science nor is it complex math which is why

Posted in #REonTap, Commission Reform, Consumer protection, Discount real estate, Proactive househunting, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, Real estate rebates, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Savings & Rebates, Unbundling the Commission

WSJ exposes privacy issues in real estate, need for Consumer Bill of Rights

The @WSJ reported today that popular phone apps like #HRMonitor, #Flo and #Realtor sent private data to @Facebook without users’ knowledge. No wonder advertisers are addicted to FB audience targeting tools, but what of #dataprivacy? Read the WSJ report: https://t.co/7YDv3YhT1w.

Posted in Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Dual Agency Detective, HousingID, IntentCasting, Personal data, Privacy, RE2020, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Tech Trends, VRM

Homebuying 101: What is the highest form of agency?

To my surprise, one of real estate’s thought leaders posted photos on Facebook today from an event 25 years ago in Boston we hosted called the Consumer Revolution in Real Estate. Last November, the National Association of Realtors hosted their

Posted in Best of Breed, Buyer agent, Consumer protection, Crowdsourcing, Defensive Homebuying, Dual Agency Detective, Dump Dual Agency, RE2020, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance

Controversial practices used by incumbents & innovators renew call for Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights

“Upstarts are beating incumbents at their own game” the headline shouted this morning in a leading #RETech news service; but within minutes, comments fired back with a screenshot raising questions about controversial business practices. http://bit.ly/RETables Privately, real estate consumer advocates have

Posted in Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Designated Agency, Disrupt Real Estate, DIY Homebuyers, Dual Agency Detective, Fee-for-service real estate, HousingID, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance

The Future of Real Estate: Moon shots or consumer movements? #RE2020

Yesterday, a leading real estate tech conference announced that Realogy’s new CEO, Ryan Schneider, would be making his public debut at their event.  His topic: “How Technology and Data Can Send Your Business to the Moon.” Before reading our response, understand the

Posted in Consumer protection, Crowdsourcing, DIY Homebuyers, Dual Agency Detective, HousingID, Personal data, RE2020, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, Real Estate Roundtables, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance

Real Estate: Change benefits consumers, invite multiple stakeholders to collaborate

Twenty-five years ago, Ralph Nader said you call tell a lot about an industry by the way members talk to each other.  To dramatize that point, here’s a revealing update from agent-to-agent Facebook group called, Real Estate is Broken — What

Posted in Blockchain, Change Agents, Commission Reform, Consumer protection, Crowdfunding, Crowdsourcing, Disrupt Real Estate, RE2020, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Savings & Rebates

“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

In #DysTrumpian era of “Consumer Protect Thyself,” powerful DIY tool for Homebuyers

In #DysTrumpian era of “Consumer Protect Thyself,” will real estate innovators step into the gap to help consumers make informed decisions? This campaign was launched today, #FlagDay and the first day of #NAREE17, to give homebuyers a powerful DIY tool:

Posted in Buyer agent, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Designated Agency, DIY Homebuyers, Dual Agency Detective, Dump Dual Agency, RE2020, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance

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
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