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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

Consumer Revolution in Real Estate? Nader was right

Twenty years after consumer advocates gathered in Boston to seed a “Consumer Revolution in Real Estate,”  Ralph Nader’s prophetic words sting: “…we’ve all seen intervals in industries when there are reform movements and then, about ten, twenty years later, it’s

Posted in Bidding wars, Buyer agent, Consumer protection, Dual Agency Detective, Dump Dual Agency, Homebuyer Clubs, Housing bubble, Real Estate Bubble, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Unbundling the Commission

Open Data: What would real estate look like if there were no MLS?

Good morning, @_____________, First, thank you for taking a minute to read this private message. I appreciate the thought you put into your comments on Boston.com’s real estate blog, and have noted a number of times that our perspectives on

Posted in "We" companies, Bidding wars, Change Agents, Commission Reform, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Dual Agency Detective, Foreclosure Prevention, Housing bubble, Idea Bar, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, Real Estate Roundtables, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, reVRM, Unbundling the Commission, Unconference
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