So earlier today, I get an interesting email from our form on 7DSAssociates.com:
First Name: NAR
Last Name: Scandal
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Comments: Breaking News! New Scandal at the NAR
Exclusive from NARscandal.com
A new scandal is brewing over at the National Association of Realtors and we at (www.NARscandal.com) have the “exclusive story” along with quality in-depth reporting you can find no where else.
This scandal is a true living tale of real estate, the internet, technology, money, power & greed.
A must read for every member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) as well as every citizen and homeowner within the United States and modernized world, as this one actually has the power to affect our future as well as future generations to follow, in so many ways.
Click here to read all of the latest details at ( http://www.NARscandal.com ).
The Researchers & Writers
“The Next Generation of Real Estate Media”
Naturally, I am intrigued by the “Next Generation of Real Estate Media” that is talking about scandals and intrigues, power and greed, a shadowy powerful conspiracy with the power to affect future generations for years to come! I’m sure there’s some sort of a DaVinci Code type of puzzle or three involved. Tom Hanks and sexy French lady can’t be far behind!
Wait A Second… You Want My Money?
So I go on over and visit the site. Looks professionally designed, and look at these headlines!
- Breaking News! RETS Scandal at the NAR
- Upcoming! Our “NAR Deep Throat” Series
So I click on an article. What’s this then? You want my credit card info? You want me to subscribe?
Hrm… well… now it depends. Who the hell are you? I don’t know that I’m all that comfortable giving some company my credit card information when I don’t know much about them.
So Who Is NARScandal.com?
So naturally, I go over to the handy dandy About Us page:
Our writing staff is comprised of a team of highly skilled real estate technologists, researchers and industry analysts who luckily stumbled upon a powerful but little known NAR and MLS technology network more than 3 years ago.
We were tasked to compile background information on the NAR and MLS as it related to several next-generation real estate technology legal cases making their way through the courts.
Huh. So I go searching for who these real estate technologists, researchers and industry analysts are. No names. No identities. No nothing.
Hrm, well, they were “tasked to compile” information on NAR and MLS. By whom? Well, it says that NARScandal.com is a “division of Imagine Publishing, Inc.” based in Wilmington, DE. But a search of the WhitePages.com for “Imagine Publishing” returns no results. And a Google Search returns some results that don’t really fit…
There’s an Imagine Publishing in the UK that publishes a bunch of photography magazines. There’s Imagine Publishing, Inc., which sounds like the right company, but they publish educational books, and is based in New York. There’s ImaginePublishing.com, which appears to be some sort of a religious ministry website.
None of those guys appear to be the type of company that would have had a three year investigative reporting campaign.
But here’s the thing. This is an operation that’s claiming to be the “next generation of real estate media“. MEDIA. We’re supposed to rely on this for information. Anonymous sources in news are a common thing, but anonymous reporters and editors? I don’t think so. Even the Pravda on the Hudson lists its editors on the masthead; the stories have bylines with names of reporters attached to them so those who have stories written about them know who to contact for corrections.
Researchers & Writers? More like Cowards and Character Assassins. Some of the allegations they’re making are baseless, wrong, and expose incredible ignorance. Put your names up, boys and girls. You ain’t sources; you’re not the “Deep Throat”. You’re supposed to be the reporters and the editors. Step up, or shut up.
Media, my ass. And then you want me to give you my credit card information, for a “company” that has no mailing address or telephone number?
Riiight. Sorry; I don’t pay cowards and assassins from mysterious “companies”.