I have no predisposition to hate Zillow or Redfin or any of the parade of modalities (interlopers some have called them) that have made an attempt over the years to climb onto the gilded pony called real estate. A lesson learned early in my career has taught me that there is room for all of us. Because someone chooses to espouse a way of doing business antithetical to our own doesn't mean it's bad, or wrong.
In my first two offices there was a real fear when the broker hired anyone new to join the team. The theory was there's not enough business to go around, bringing another body in will further dilute it. So the poor soul who came on board had to fight an uphill battle just to be accepted. Then when I joined Prudential, I was one of about 35 agents in an office that was always growing. The other side of the coin as I came to appreciate was that we had an impressive impact on our market. There was strength in numbers. We were a force to be reckoned with. Because there were more of us, we had more inventory and increased opportunities to sell.
With all those, especially the well funded, who enter the real estate arena, time and the market they play to will determine their worth and they'll either become part of the fabric of our business or die a natural death. We lose so much when we operate from a position of fear. It seems to be the natural instinct of our profession.