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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 others.  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

Open Letter to Homebuyers / Disruptive Real Estate Innovators

Open Letter to Next Generation of Homebuyers / Disruptive Real Estate Innovators From my perspective as a real estate consumer advocate, National Homeownership Month has begun with a step backwards but the stage is set for a giant leap forward.

Posted in Commission Reform, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Discount real estate, Disrupt Real Estate, Idea Bar, RE2020, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Savings & Rebates

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

#RETech Roll Call: Who’s representing consumers, delivering money-saving innovations & reforms?

#BosRETech UPDATE: There are at least three events worth attending this week in #RETech, two in Boston and one beyond: 5/15-5/20/17: Realtors Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo — #NARMidYear https://www.nar.realtor/midyear.nsf/ 5/17/17: MIT’s #DesignX Pitch & Demo Night — Follow @MITDesignX

Posted in #SpeculatorsWithoutBorders, Bidding wars, Blockchain, Consumer protection, Crowdfunding, Disrupt Real Estate, RE2020, Real Estate Bubble, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Savings & Rebates

Blockchain in Real Estate needs Consumer Focus to deliver #P2P Savings

03/24/17 ORIGINAL:  Looks like the Spring Meeting of RESO, an international Real Estate Standards Organization, will be doing some foundational work on blockchain in real estate and the PUID — Property Unique ID.  As you can see from the link

Posted in Blockchain, Consumer protection, Crowdsourcing, Discount real estate, Disrupt Real Estate, Housing policy, HousingID, RE2020, Savings & Rebates, Tech Trends

Crowdsourcing insights into a slumping housing market in Boston

December 11 will mark the 9th anniversary of joining http://BostonBubble.com, a forum for homebuyers to crowdsource insights during the real estate recession.  Over that period, Real Estate Cafe contributed over 100 posts, and two offer context for the current housing market.  Obviously, they were

Posted in "We" companies, #REonTap, Bubble Hour, Bubble map, Housing bubble, Market trends, Price reductions, Savings & Rebates, Seasonality, Sweetest Deals

Who will put savings back into buyer agency?

My assumption is that many buyer agents who take fiduciary duties seriously have worked with buyers willing to pay over asking price because they believe rising prices will offset their leap of faith. In 1988, Nobel prize winning economist Robert

Posted in Bidding wars, Bubble Hour, Buyer agent, Defensive Homebuying, Dual Agency Detective, Great Senior Sell-Off, Housing bubble, Housing forecasts, Real Estate Bubble, Savings & Rebates, Seasonality, Timing the market

Can everything — including buyer agency — be ‘Uberfied?’

Last October, a pundit in Huffington Post asked, “Where is on-demand headed next?”  His answer: We’re now entering what I like to call “phase II” of the on-demand economy… …up the ladder to higher-end professions. It won’t just be drivers and dry

Posted in Buyer agent, Commission Reform, Discount real estate, Fee-for-service, Inventory, Price reductions, RE2020, Real estate rebates, Savings & Rebates, Seasonality

Beyond blockchain: Elevating real estate, delivering billions in consumer savings

“What’s Next?” was one of the themes at #ICNY / #ICNY16 and a day after two blockchain gurus wow’ed that audience in NYC, a blockchain-enabled Bidding War platform quietly won an MIT Hackathon!  Here’s the problem statement: http://bit.ly/BidWarHackIntro What’s next

Posted in Bidding wars, Blockchain, Consumer protection, Disrupt Real Estate, IoT: Internet of Things, RE2020, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Savings & Rebates, VRM
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