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Mr. Arrington, Please Stick To Your Knitting

Kevin Boer, Broker Owner, 3 Oceans Real Estate, Inc. ()

September 28th, 2007 · 3 Comments

michael_arrington.jpgMichael Arrington, founder and editor of tech blog TechCrunch, piles in on the Move.com vs. Active Rain dustup in a highly entertaining post entitled Highly Entertaining:  Realtors Suing Realtors.

His summary of the controversy is well done.

His grasp of the real estate industry, however, is not, as evidenced by the post title itself.

Active Rain is not a Realtor, or Realtors.  It is an Internet startup.  Its product is a blogging ecosystem for real estate professionals.

Move.com is not a Realtor, or Realtors.  It is an established Internet company, affiliated with NAR, which itself is also not a Realtor, or Realtors, but an association of Realtors.  Move.com’s products, until recently, specifically did not include a blogging platform.

Fairly predictably, Mr. Arrington could not resist the opportunity to take yet another swipe at the real estate industry, though it is hard to argue with one of his statements:

…a lot of people have had negative experiences with realtors and wish there was [sic] a better way to buy and sell houses.  And whenever we write about how screwed up that industry is, the realtors come out and start trolling in the comments.

Ok, I admit, I was one of those trollers.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jeff Brown // Sep 28, 2007 at 9:30 pm

    I was wondering who would take on that characterization.

    The one constant I’ve noticed about AR is the loyalty shown by its bloggers.

    It’s admirable.

  • 2 ARDELL // Sep 28, 2007 at 10:45 pm

    Kevin? You? A Troll? I don’t believe it.

  • 3 Active Rain versus Move - for the layman : Real Central VA // Sep 30, 2007 at 6:10 am

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