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Open Letter to National Association of Real Estate Editors #NAREE17

Open Letter to #NAREE17 Greetings, members of the National Association of Real Estate Editors As a longtime real estate consumer advocate and industry critic, look forward to your live tweets and event coverage during and after #NAREE17 this week in Denver.

Posted in Buyer agent, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Designated Agency, Dual Agency Detective, Dump Dual Agency, Investigative Reporting, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Unbundling the Commission

Will Wall Street cause Consumer Advocates to revisit Real Estate Cartel?

An article by Inman News, a leading real estate technology news site, has traditional real estate agents buzzing about a potential threat.  More revealing than the headline, Welcome to Wall Street’s housing market, is the subhead: Investors will eat agent commissions and

Posted in #REonTap, #SpeculatorsWithoutBorders, Bubble Hour, Commission Reform, Consumer protection, Disrupt Real Estate, Housing bubble, RE2020, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Unbundling the Commission

What’s “out of sync” with housing? Can we solve by next #LeapYear: 2020?

Let’s use what’s left of this Leap Day to catapult into the future by asking what will the real estate industry look like in the NEXT Leap Year — 2020? Because we’re eager to begin creating a public awareness /

Posted in Affordable housing, Bidding wars, Blockchain, Commission Reform, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Disrupt Real Estate, Fee-for-service real estate, Great Senior Sell-Off, Housing Justice, Impact Rebates, Intentional Communities, Pope's Encyclical, RE2020, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, Real Estate Roundtables, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, reVRM, Trend analysis, Unbundling the Commission

Back to the Future: Save billions in real estate fees by 2020?

.@KendallFlyers Can #FlyersRights be model for #realestate? @RalphNader 1st addressed #BuyerAgents 23 yrs ago today pic.twitter.com/gb0nDeM37A — Bill Wendel (@RealEstateCafe) October 28, 2015 Twenty-three years ago today, Ralph Nader energized a budding buyer brokerage movement with his first speech on

Posted in Blockchain, commission rebate, Disrupt Real Estate, Impact Rebates, RE2020, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, reVRM, Savings & Rebates, Tech Trends, Unbundling the Commission

WANTED: Innovators & advocates to help real estate consumers “save tens of billions annually” in fees

If you scan the months listed on the right side of this page, you’ll see a gap between blog posts during October 2014 and January 2015: 10/07/15:  Disrupt, reform or realign real estate: Opportunities to connect dots & build synergy 10/09/15:

Posted in Commission Reform, Consumer protection, Disrupt Real Estate, Dump Dual Agency, RE2020, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, Real Estate Roundtables, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, reVRM, Unbundling the Commission, Uncategorized

Will fee-for-service movement launch “Agency Revival” or DOJ/FTC inquiry into real estate?

Yesterday, Inman News — arguably the leading real estate technology news service — launched an impressive report on a new generation of money-saving, disruptive real estate business models.  What they call “hybrid real estate” others, including the former chief economist (shown above)

Posted in Commission Reform, Consumer protection, Discount real estate, Disrupt Real Estate, Dump Dual Agency, Fee-for-service real estate, Hybrid real estate, Investigative Reporting, Real estate rebates, Unbundling the Commission

Uber-fication of Real Estate? Fee-for-service consultants available on-demand (for past 20 years!)

Very pleased that NPR’s nationally syndicated talkshow @OnPointRadio aired a program today about the on-demand economy: Uber, But For Everything We look at the “Uber-fication” of the marketplace.  On-demand services for almost anything, everything, are catching on. Changing our economy

Posted in Commission Reform, Discount real estate, Fee-for-service, RE2020, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, Real-time real etate, reVRM, Savings & Rebates, Tech Trends, Unbundling the Commission

Disrupt, reform or realign real estate: Opportunities to connect dots & build synergy

A question asked yesterday in Entrepreneur Magazine has been echoing across the internet this year:  “Is it time for real estate to be disrupted?” The question is appropriate but too simplistic if it fails to recognize decades of failed reform efforts and that

Posted in Change Agents, Consumer protection, Dump Dual Agency, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, Real Estate Roundtables, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Savings & Rebates, Unbundling the Commission, VRM

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

Crowdfunding vs GreedFunding: How to redirect the “Double Dip”

Surveys show that the majority of consumers believe that real estate agents are overpaid. Does that mean individual agents are greedy?  Not necessarily but it does mean that the prevailing two-sided commission is obsolete, and the amount of compensation that

Posted in ASAP: AIDS Shelter Alliance Partners, Buyer agent, Change Agents, Commission Reform, Consumer protection, Crowdfunding, Dual Agency Detective, Dump Dual Agency, Fee-for-service, Unbundling the Commission
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