I've been hearing a great deal about how Zillow has purchased ShowingTime, and apparently that is one of the indicators of the apocalypse and the end of the world as we know it.
I wasn't aware that Zillow was one of the four horsemen portending doom. Of course Realtors have been walking around with that sandwich board (you know the one... "The End of the World is here!")... once when Zillow first emerged on the scene back in... oh, the Jurrasic period (can you believe it's all the way back in 2004 already?).. the world was rending their clothes and wringing their hands and foretelling the end of the real estate agent as we know it.
Then Zillow had the nerve, the downright unmitigated gall to purchase dotloop. Again, the collective cry went out... "Abandon dotloop! It's owned by the devil!... don't give them your information!!"
And now, Zillow has, once again, offended the rank and file and purchased Showing Time. And the cries go up again... "the world is ending! Zillow is going to take over your data, your clients!"
My guess is, and it's only a guess, mind you... that very little will change. Zillow will continue to reap record profits. Agents will continue to help their clients buy and sell real estate. And agents will continue to complain about Zillow.
The world continues to spin. Everyone return to your home offices... there's nothing to see here. Keep your head down, take a few cleansing breaths and move forward. Nothing to see here, folks. Nothing to see here.