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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

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

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

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
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