Too often, I think that REALTORS get carried away with the WHO rather than the WHAT of whether something is a good idea or not. That concerns me because in that fog of irrationality is where good sound decisions made based on principles get thrown out the window and those people who normally have a lot of wisdom and common sense make decisions based on neither.
I am seeing that more and more with discussions heating up on Facebook and in the Real Estate blogs about syndication. Seriously? Some people want to paint GOOD and TALENTED folks in the industry with evil intent simply because they disagree with them. I do not think that is appropriate or right.
That said, when I think someone is wrong on a POSITION I will say it. In a recent Facebook thread that was seen by quite a number of REALTORS, I saw two people who I admire treated well… less than kindly regarding Syndication. I am going to mention them by name because credit is due where it is due.
Jay Thompson is a good guy. He and I will likely agree on many things but disagree on some where it comes to Syndication in general and Zillow in specific. Just because I like Jay personally, we have kids about the same age, we are both techies, our kids are both band geeks, and etc etc does NOT mean that I have to buy 100% of what he is selling for Zillow. But it also does not mean that people should disparage him personally either. He WORKS for ZILLOW. There is nothing immoral about that. Take his views on that with that objectivity and examine the FACTS, but please do not disparage people personally.
Inna Hardison is an IMPRESSIVE WordPress web designer. I do not agree often with her regarding syndication. That said, it is not personal. She does TREMENDOUS work in her business and I am sure she and her husband Jon are great people. Same advice as above. When I hear people disrespect her personally, it frustrates me. We can disagree without being disagreeable. It is business and not personal.
Many times large companies hire a person like Jay because he can make a faceless company look and feel much more personal. They need that interface between themselves and the industry to both provide them feedback, but mostly to effectively connect in an ongoing way to the industry and to make it personal. Jay is awesome at this.
That said, what is at issue in the industry is how much of the online real estate space that Zillow is entitled to. That issue is NOT personal and NOT something directly connected to Jay or any other person. Zillow and other syndicators compete with everyone else for space at the top of Google and everywhere else. Soon they will compete on Facebook and other places as well (I could argue that they already do).
The real estate industry has to consider much of what it is doing. These are business decisions, so lets rise above the personal and the petty. And talk business.
Just my point of view.