Every so often it seems like I need to remind myself and my readers about why I write the Portland Real Estate Blog. As I interject a lot of my personal opinion I take the comments personally even when they are directed at a more general industry attack. I often feel that what I write isn’t being read before the “Realtors suck” contingent arrives. It should be clear now that I don’t agree with a lot of what is embedded in our industry (the legality of dual agency in resale real estate, the commission model, the political stance of our association, etc) but that is often lost.
I’ve stated before that the marketing component to the blog is that I hope it brings good clients to us who know who I am and respect what I say. January will mark the third birthday of the blog and I can say the clients that have come from it have been some of the most pleasurable to work with. It should be noted that I’m not aware of a client actually ever posting a comment on the blog. I don’t advertize our listings, get paid by Google or pay for my content. I cite my sources and give credit where due. I write my content and don’t cut and paste it off the Interent.
I have tried so hard to keep this an open forum and have never edited or deleted a comment to date. I did just ask Naysayer to leave but I did invite him to contact me privately and will reiterate it here so that maybe we can resolve our differences. A public forum is not the place for that to occur.
To conclude, I ask that you respect me and other commenters. I may not get along or agree with everyone but that, in my mind, is the point of this blog. If everyone agreed, what would be the point?