All this government money spent on combatting the real estate profession is misplaced. Why not go after the health care industry, which has a far greater impact on more Americans?
When I buy a house, I know how much the fees are going to be. When I go to the doctor, neither the doctors nor the staff HAVE ANY IDEA how much my visit costs.
Seriously. When I went to physical therapy and asked whether I could pay cash, the woman was flabbergasted; she stammered that they had “something called a ‘self-pay’” option, but nobody used it.
Why not advocate for transparency and competition in health care? Realtors are among the most competitive professionals I know. Health care – not so much.
Update 11 October 2007:
Jay has good review of the site’s merits and some of its inherent shortcomings.
Ardell at RCG weighs in as well.
real/diaBlog has good commentary as well that makes me wonder – in light of the following numbers locally regarding the “agent bubble” – if 500 agents haven’t done a single transaction all year – isn’t part of competition that many will fail?