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“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

#RE2020 radar screen includes Blockchain & much more

  Since the early 1990’s, Real Estate Cafe has scouted innovations at the intersection of real estate + technology + consumer advocacy, but we’ve never attended a streak of events like the past month. As new technologies and players come

Posted in Best of Breed, Blockchain, Consumer protection, Disrupt Real Estate, IoT: Internet of Things, RE2020, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, reVRM, Tech Trends, VRM

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

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

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

Collaborating with housing & real estate labs to save BILLIONS annually!

  This morning, NPR listeners in Boston were greeted with news of one of the largest gifts ever given to MIT — a $118 million gift to MIT’s Center for Real Estate (MITCRE) to “advance socially responsible and sustainable real

Posted in Bidding wars, Commission Reform, Crowdfunding, Disrupt Real Estate, FSBO: For Sale By Owner, IntentCasting, RE2020, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, reVRM, VRM

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

Pocket Listings: Smoking gun outs conflict of interest in real estate

  The first round of Real Estate is Broken, a hard-hitting agent-to-agent critique of the residential industry last week in Boston, began with this one-two punch: “When I grew up in the industry, pocket listing was a bad word; now

Posted in Bidding wars, Buyer agent, Consumer protection, Defensive Homebuying, Designated Agency, Dual Agency Detective, IntentCasting, Pocket Listings, RE2020, VRM, Whisper listings

Millennials: Getting killed by housing costs, or killing homeownership?

  Remember the scene in Dead Poet’s Society where Robin Williams stands on his desk, and challenges his students to change their perspective?  His message:  the way you see a problem or opportunity depends on where you stand.  So the

Posted in Affordable housing, Buyer agent, Defensive Homebuying, DIY Homebuyers, FSBO: For Sale By Owner, Intention Inventory, Mlllennials, reVRM, Timing the market, VRM

Truth telling + Transparency = Transformative savings for real estate consumers

This morning, a columnist in the Boston Globe offered an opinion entitled, Four hard truths about housing.  Assuming the conversation is open to crowdsourcing, readers are invited to elaborate on (or debate) a 5th hard truth: Some in the residential brokerage industry

Posted in Bidding wars, Buyer agent, Commission Reform, Consumer protection, Dual Agency Detective, Pocket Listings, Real Estate Consumer Bill of Rights, RECALL: Real Estate Consumer Alliance, reVRM, Savings & Rebates, VRM
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