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Monday
Feb142005

Valentine's Day Cartoon Caption Contest

Represent0_1Fellow real estate consumer advocates:  Fred Meyer's quick suggestion to change the caption of the Valentine's Day cartoon, which also appears under the "Dual Agency Detective" section of this blog, caused me to erase the original quote and post this blank version online.  If you click on the image at left, a full-sized image will pop-up.  Feel free to download it, and adopt it for your own needs.  If you want to share your Valentine's Day makeover with others on this forum, just click "comment" and post your suggested caption / bubble quote. 

Fred's says "The Valentine Dual Agencies Got" should read

"You don't love me? You don't represent
me?

After all the time we've been together!"

Monday
Feb142005

Heartbreaking news for real estate consumers

Represent_3Just in time for Valentine's Day, here's the cartoon used in a Massachusetts statehouse blitz when the original designated agency legislation was proposed in Massachusetts.  As we know, the controversial legislation hidden in last years budget bill could open a new era of heart break for real estate consumers unless industry regulators adopt strict guidelines for certifying informed consent as proposed by REAFRA.

Friday
Feb112005

Leaking results of savings survey

Convfloor_468For nearly a decade, one of my passions has been chasing the cutting edge of new business models online in real estate, identifying "best of breed" savings opportunities for home buyers and sellers. 

Over the past six months that pursuit has led to hundreds of tradeshow booths at the Mass. Association of Realtors conference in September; the New England Mortage Brokers Association in October; the National Association of Realtors convention in November; Connect 2005, a real estate technology conference in January; and finally the International Homebuilders Association in January.  Now after five more weeks of updating a database of savings opportunities in 2000 vs 2005, it's time to begin leaking those results of that comprehensive study of approximately 175 companies to current and potential clients through this blog.

Maintaining an industry wide "menu of savings" is an ongoing challenge.  We need your feedback so we don't overlook a "best of breed" company or misunderstand someone's "value proposition."  Beyond tracking those savings opportunities, our goal is to help seed a new generation of "embedded real estate
reporters" or citizen journalists. To do that, we will pay you to contribute in this experimental blog.  If you are a client, we'll reduce your fee by $25 for each comment and $50 each comment that includes a photo or video clip.  For more details, call 617-661-4046 and ask about The Real Estate Cafe's "tipping policy."

 

Friday
Feb112005

Moblogging After Home Builders Show

Beachbar_468After attending the BuildersShow.com in Orlando, I flew to South Beach and video taped some of the nightlife using my new Treo 650.  Steve Garfield, a leading video blogger in Boston was so impressed with the quality of the Treo 650 video that he posted it online at his VSPAN weblog.

If you can shoot video this good inside nightclubs, imagine what real estate consumers will do in the future, particularly if they are given a financial incentive to share their grassroots expertise as The Real Estate Cafe does with it's "tipping policy."

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