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How will AirBnB’s move expedite, expand uses of Blockchain in Real Estate?

Eager to see what kind of ripple effects this news will have at the upcoming VRM / IIW conference, and PersonalData and blockchain communities in Boston and beyond.  AirBnB’s acquisition and 17 million users certainly raise this question: How will

Posted in Blockchain, Disrupt Real Estate, Personal data, RE2020, Real Estate Roundtables, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, reVRM, Tech Trends, Unconference, VRM

2016: Will Blockchain enable “New Deal on Real Estate Data”?

In what amounts to a New Year’s forecast, Brad Inman, publisher of Inman.com wrote on Facebook: “This coming year, more disrupters will claim a stake in real estate.” The question isn’t whether disruption is coming to the real estate industry,

Posted in Affordable housing, Blockchain, Commission Reform, Disrupt Real Estate, IoT: Internet of Things, RE2020, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, reVRM, Unconference, VRM

Fooled again? Let’s use tech to reform real estate / BLIND biddings wars

After nearly two months on the road, this April Fool’s Day finds me playing the Who’s classic to psyche myself up: Won’t be fooled again! / http://bit.ly/FooledAgain1978 As aging baby boomers know, the lyrics are a mix of contradictions – “meet the new

Posted in Bidding wars, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Disrupt Real Estate, IntentCasting, RE2020, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, reVRM, Unconference

Too many agents & too little consumer protection = regulate or disrupt real estate?

  Too many real estate agents?  Here’s one way to answer Boston.com’s question:  a map showing the distribution of real estate agents across Massachusetts courtesy of Matt Carroll, a former Boston Globe real estate reporter: http://bit.ly/REAgentMap (click to search interactive map)

Posted in Bidding wars, Buyer agent, Commission Reform, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, reVRM, Savings & Rebates, Unconference

Tech-Hub Housing: Tech invasion or labs for innovation, corrective collaboration?

“In Trulia’s hometown of San Francisco, tensions are high over the lack of affordable housing and the growing wealth of technology companies and their workers.” — 5 Truths of Tech-Hub Housing Costs, Trulia blog Techies driving up housing costs? is a question

Posted in Affordable housing, Bidding wars, Co-Living, Creative class, Dual Agency Detective, Extreme Househunting, Pocket Listings, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Unconference, Whisper listings

Fuming with “Holy Anger”? Can Millennials reform real estate, expand housing options?

Join us for a Q&A with @zillow CEO @spencerrascoff tomorrow at 5pm at the @HarvardGSD! pic.twitter.com/1Pxps6YlEs — Harvard JCHS (@Harvard_JCHS) February 4, 2014 The “double whammy” that has Millennials fuming isn’t “just” a problem of mega-trends, like the two described

Posted in Affordable housing, Bidding wars, Consumer protection, Dual Agency Detective, FSBO: For Sale By Owner, Housing bubble, Mlllennials, Pocket Listings, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Unconference

Seeding C2C / P2P real estate unconferences for consumers to connect, save money

    The powerful one-touch punch delivered in national media this week against pocket listing and dual agency / designated agency will send ripple effects through the traditional real estate industry and it’s regulatory environment; but time is short to

Posted in Bidding wars, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, DIY Homebuyers, Dual Agency Detective, FSBO: Best Practices, Pocket Listings, Proactive househunting, Real Estate Roundtables, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Unconference

Consumer advocates: What impacts are conflicts of interest having on bidding wars?

Imagine what would happen if the state of Massachusetts or your city or town imposed a real estate transfer tax of $50,000 on each transaction?  Consumer outrage, right?  Maybe even widespread opposition within the real estate industry? Yet, during 4Q2013,

Posted in Bidding wars, Buyer agent, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Dual Agency Detective, Dump Dual Agency, Pocket Listings, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Unconference

Bubble Hour using “unconference format” to engage, inform homebuyers

In August, we posted a comment on Boston Bubble asking if “the housing market already entering the beginning of an unsustainable burst?”  Two months later, does this one-two punch validate our perspective and fears? Lawrence Yun’s proclamation that August was

Posted in Bubble Hour, Buyer agent, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Housing bubble, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Social funding, Talking offer, Timing the market, Unconference

Call for Complaints: Top 10 Issues Facing Real Estate Consumers

Friday, Boston.com’s real estate blog screamed, Misleading listings have buyers fuming.  The complaint drew few echoes; instead readers said, in one way or another, there are much bigger problems in the real estate industry that need reform. Monday, thousands of Realtors

Posted in "We" companies, Bidding wars, Commission Reform, Consumer protection, Consumer surveys, Dual Agency Detective, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, Unconference
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