As most of my real estate practitioner friends remind me, there are lot of people who would like to muscle in on a piece of those big, fat, juicy real estate commission checks. And the data people are definitely a part of that.

But if real estate data sets were to be realigned as a revenue source instead of a way to shuffle the deck chairs among the existing real estate interests, then it might be good to identify what groups of people might have to get along well enough to achieve that. And even if nothing is to change about the nature of real estate data, identifying the kinds of mindsets that are applied to data-related problems is going to be beneficial. So here goes.

Data producers

Facts exist, whether we record them or not. The tree definitely falls in the forest, even if no one is there to hear it. However, for facts to become useful someone has to record them and share them with other people. These people are the data producers.

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