Editor’s note: The following is a reader comment on the Sept. 30 Inman News column, "Sucking on a real estate ‘binky.’"

"… While no one has a crystal ball, as agents we all have access to valuable data. And intelligent interpretation of this data leads to truth about local markets. Truth is a process of discovery. I have found that sharing market data on my blog with anyone who cares to read it has created a conversation about the market (and) a collective intelligence, which leads to greater understanding for anyone who reads. Though I may not have fully foreseen the enormity of the mess we’re in, there were some on my blog who did, and they’ve been talking about it for two years, which means recent events haven’t been entirely shocking to my audience as a result.

"People need to know the truth about current market conditions so that they can make intelligent choices. Our industry needs to drop the spin and explore the truth, no matter how difficult that may be." —Diane Cohn

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