I mean, I’m an amateur when it comes to real estate. I’m like that kid in the back of the classroom who ate paste. And I don’t mean the kid in second grade. I mean the kid in college who sat in the back eating paste.
I’m also, officially, a Redfinnian.
I’m not entirely sure how I got the job as a writer here. I spent the past nine years writing for videogames – none of which were real estate-related, by the way. I’ve been following the market for the past couple of years, but I came to it the same way most people do, I suppose; my wife and I were considering buying a house. We started reading up to educate ourselves. We started checking out Redfin.
Prices started to drop, then plummet, and we decided to wait until the dust settled a bit. But in the meantime, I continued going to the site, checking on my favorites like they were my prized petunias. I kept reading the blogs and the news. I was like some sort of armchair home-buyer. It’s entirely possible that I was a little obsessed with the process.
One day, my wife spotted the job listing on Redfin for a writer. One short whirlwind later, here I am.
Since I got the job, it’s been interesting to read what people say about Redfin, on blogs and discussion boards, or wherever. Because I’ve always loved the site. The data is great. The map is great. I can spend hours just browsing for houses.
But a lot of people love the site. The interesting part is reading the Internet chatter about the people of Redfin. That they’re crazy, or trying to ruin the industry, or that they haven’t thought their business model through, or that they don’t care about their customers. Or that they’re making some Big Mistake that will doom them to failure.
As I was struggling to commit to my blog entry, Glenn Kelman gave me some advice. He told me, above all, to keep it real. So here it is: You’re never going to meet a smarter, more passionate, more customer-focused group of people than you’ll find stepping off our elevator. Believe the hype. This place is the real deal, and it’s intimidating as hell, frankly.
As for the Big Mistake… oftentimes, the chatter was right. The people here have made some Big Mistakes, some of which might really have killed the business. But it’s a funny thing about mistakes – they only kill you when you refuse to acknowledge them. And if there’s one quality the people here seem to hold above all others, it’s this: You admit when you’re wrong, and you learn from it.
So, for what it’s worth, I promise to work my butt off as the new guy here on the site. I promise that I’ll make my mistakes as quickly and entertainingly as possible. And I promise I’ll do my level best to learn from them.