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! /

As aging baby boomers know, the lyrics are a mix of contradictions – “meet the new boss, same as the old boss.”  Is there an unwritten, timeless truth — the more things change, the more they stay the same?  Or are we really at an inflection point, where there is new hope for new laws, new consumer-centric “revolutions”?

New technology? (Learn about The Intention Economy, video from WSJ)

If you are a Christian or Jewish, this is a week to follow the Who’s instructions:  “get on your knees and pray” for deliverance, renewal, and liberation!  And as Holy Week unfolds and Passover approaches, the tech calendar in Boston offers a hopeful answer to “Why is this night different from all other nights?”

​Ironically, on April Fool’s Day!​

First, at 4:00pm today, the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government hosts a conversation with the Chief Information Officer of the City of Boston entitled, Citizenville: Government as a Platform.

Then at 5:30pm, Microsoft & the Venture Cafe hosts an interactive conversation on Civic Innovations for Neighborhoods at District Hall: (share if you’d like to TweetUp this evening)

Beyond that talk, is there hope we may witness another “British Invasion?”  Will a new Consumer Rights Act in the UK raise the bar and inspire new consumer protections in the US, specifically a Real Estate Consumer Bill of Digital Rights in the US.

As the Boston Globe writes yet another front page story on BLIND bidding wars, hope the call to reform the real estate industry echoes on both sides of the pond.  Please share these links so millions of homebuyers — particularly millennials and seniors — won’t be fooled again!  Please share these:

Victims or fools, time for Emergency Bidding War Transparency Act

Will Bidding Wars trigger local regulation or global reformation?

If it’s too late to join either of the events today in Boston, mark April 13th.  Author Malcolm Gladwell will be speaking in Cambridge about his book, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.  Let’s see what we can learn from that past 22 years, and make another pass at waking the sleeping giant of the consumer movement.

April 2 & 3rd marks the 22nd anniversary of the Consumer Revolution in Real Estate, a two-day event in Boston featuring Ralph Nader, Steve Brobeck of the Consumer Federation of America, and real estate consumer advocates from around the country.  Should we cohost an unconference or hackathon with app developers to disrupt real estate / co-create an open ecosystem capable of delivering billions in consumer savings annually?

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

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