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Realtor gumbo and the tech challenge

Letters From the Home Front
Published on May 27, 2009

A few weeks ago, I again found myself doing time at a committee meeting for our local multiple listing service. I call it "doing time" because, well, let's just say it's time consuming, this "getting involved" thing. The mission of this particular committee is to evaluate and recommend alternatives to our current MLS software. This has been a long process and promises to be longer yet. Alas, that is how committees work. So I find myself vacillating between a plumage-puffed sense of pride ("Look at me! I'm giving back!"), to one of deep regret ("If I write, 'I'm sorry I said mean things about our member organizations' 100 times on the blackboard, can I go home?"). But, I'm not a quitter, so I keep coming back. Forget Forrest Gump's box of chocolates. A room of Realtors is like gumbo. If you have ever attempted to make gumbo, you know there are no rules. Take everything you have in the kitchen, a bunch of random items of food origin, a...