Once Again, Real Estate Professionals Go To War Against The Web

from the gotta-protect-those-margins dept

Last month, popular real estate site Zillow was enjoined from operating in Arizona because the site didn't have an appraiser's license. The action was a pretty bald-faced move by the state's real estate appraisers to keep a potentially disruptive service from messing with their business. It looks like another similarly disruptive real estate service, Redfin (which allows people to buy and sell houses at a fraction of a broker's typical fees), is under attack in Washington. Real estate brokers are upset about a Redfin-sponsored blog that allows non-brokers to post reviews of properties that appear in the area's Multiple Listing Service, a database that brokers use to get information on properties. Access to the database is limited to registered participants, which Redfin is. But one of the rules is that brokers are given the sole right to manage their marketing campaigns, and the brokers aren't happy that Redfin lets outsiders post housing reviews. The situation is a little different than the Zillow case in that it's the MLS that's threatening to revoke Redfin's access to the service rather than an official state agency. However, because the real estate industry operates as a state-blessed oligopoly, the MLS' threat basically carries the full force of the government. Because Redfin can't afford to lose its access to the database, the site has removed the offending blog. Chalk it up as another victory for professional organizations and their constant efforts to keep disruptive tech services at bay.

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    JJ, 20 May 2007 @ 12:59am

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    Agent in Dallas, the argument that you have a family depending on you gives you the right to limit people's speech about properties you sell? It gives you the right to an oligopoly? That's completely absurd. My suspicion is that you are afraid of change. You live in fear of it. Change is inevitable. All markets change. It's called Evolution.

    Reality will force itself upon the real estate oligopoly, one way or another. Yes I do suspect you are possessed by at least one demon. :) You don't know this of course. I'm speaking about the ego and the 'pain-body' (look it up).

    From my experience, most people live and are greatly motivated in life by fear. Fear of the future, fear of change, fear of loss, fear of pain. All actions become a motivation to avoid what one fears (homelessness, poverty, starvation, etc etc). Almost all of this fear is fictitious, a hypothetical future, created by a mind conditioned by society to fear. This is the fear of the ego.

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