The following post was on an unauthorized topic by one of the local real estate mavens who contribute to Redfin’s blog. The writer no longer works for Redfin, which has published a retraction on our corporate blog. We have great and genuine respect for Kris Berg. We apologize for this post. (Glenn Kelman, Redfin CEO)
I am not a big fan of “competitor” bashing. I usually figure that, unless someone does something that is unethical, disingenuous or hurtful, there is room in this world for differences. The abundance of choices and our freedom to make them is at the very foundation of this country’s moral compass.
Redfin has sometimes been characterized as the anti-realtor. That is a manipulation of the truth. Sure, there are lots of things we don’t like about traditional real estate and making a change motivates us. But, those who tout our demise are the traditionalists looking for reasons to justify the preservation of practices we truly don’t support. Barbie is one of those looking. Not only is she looking, but she is stewing, biting, overindulging and making herself sick.
In all fairness, hunger makes people behave badly. I am reminded of the proverb about the impoverished old lady who stole a loaf of bread to feed her family. Did her desperation justify her actions? The difference is that our lady isn’t starving, in fact she’s feeding herself to excess. And she’s doing it with others’ contributions.
Anyone can organize a canned food drive, but without can openers, a cook top and plastic ware, what good does it do? Isn’t that pretty superficial? Same with blogger fodder. What is the value of feeding your readers meat of any quality if you took the goods from someone else’s fridge and then serve it up with bitter herbs? Everyone ends up with a bad taste, longing for a barf bag and mouthwash.
Barbie and Ken have accrued quite enough wealth of their own and could easily throw a gracious party. Yet, they choose to feed on the wealth of others instead, taking just the bits they want and serving a meal without all the food groups. If you want a canned meal disguised as a formal soiree, they’re throwing a gala. If you want a quality caterer without all the pretentious fluff, there are better places to party.
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