Larmer's generalizations unfair

  Paul Larmer’s blatant attack on Realtors in the most recent High Country News makes me wonder exactly what he was thinking when this dribble was deemed printworthy in a publication with such high journalistic standards (HCN, 1/23/06: For sale: The West). My "mug" is one of those that he would recognize in area publications "hawking" real estate. To be sure, not every real estate broker is conscientious about environmental issues or gives financial support to worthy organizations that work to protect precious natural resources, but I do, and several of my colleagues do as well.

Larmer’s comments about real estate professionals "cheerfully touting the classic Western charm of a bungalow that you know for a fact has a rotting foundation and floors" are particularly insulting. There are safeguards built into the law that protect the buyer as well as the seller in a real estate transaction. In addition, the buy/sell contracts themselves are laden with rights of inspection and appraisal that serve to guarantee the buyer certain safeguards when purchasing real estate.

I don’t know what bug crawled up Larmer’s "foundation" but his overall accusatory tone regarding real estate professionals was totally unwarranted.

Zach Mann
Broker Associate, Re/Max
Paonia, Colorado

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