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More on Pocket Listings, and Discrimination in Real Estate

I’ve long thought pocket listings is an opportunity that will be captured in a big way (see here as well as here for some previous writings).

discriminationOne thing I hadn’t thought through was the downside of pocket listings. It’s the same as the downside to community (a topic I think about every day).

Discrimination.

IF you take fairness off the table — ie if it no longer matters whether African Americans, Hispanics, Jews, etc have equal opportunity to get housing — there is really no need for real estate agents to exist as technology would easily enable people to find and buy real estate within their own trusted networks.

Agree, or disagree?

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About Drew Meyers

Founder of Geek Estate Blog / Geek Estate Labs. Zillow Alum. Travel addict & co-founder of Horizon. Social entrepreneurship & microfinance advocate. Fan of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Kiva.

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