Jim Harrison apologizes for op-ed on Inman

Reposted with permission from Vendor Alley.

Vendor Alley Blog just posted this apology from Jim Harrison for his op-ed post on Inman earlier this week.

Editor’s observe: MLSlistings voluntarily despatched us the oped piece by Jim with the distinct understanding it was to be posted, they even requested it to be embargoed for a precise time. We honored the embargo. We have indisputable documentation of that sequence. Along with a preserved report that Jim posted a connection to the oped to his FB timeline from a tweet by Inman reporter Andrea Brambila, shortly after his oped was posted. Inman usually takes these types of stories really severely and only publishes them when we have taken good care to validate what is vital.

When I stand corrected, I do so as publicly as any other statements bearing my name. The “opinion piece,” though intended to prepare our leadership for the NAR conferences with new info, was in hindsight, not a honest presentation, nor was it really reflective of my sentiment and an correct representation of MLSListings.

The letter was created by our marketing consultant centered on inaccurate information that he shared with our team who has due to the fact been dismissed. Allow me say unequivocally, I have constantly labored well with NAR personnel and leadership. The integrity of NAR and its leaders, volunteers and personnel should really not have been known as into query.

I would like to take this option to profusely apologize to the personnel, leadership and volunteers of NAR for the effects and disruption this has induced with regional and point out associations and members all through this open dues discussion. I also apologize for the implication that there should really be prolonged-expression worry about the route of NAR beneath the leadership of CEO Bob Goldberg.

He has guided, and we have applauded the new open transparency and route we all love now from NAR. Goldberg has our entire assist and any implication to the opposite was misleading and fully untrue.

There are numerous concerns staying carried out by NAR, these types of as annual dues and a drive by membership to comprehend the organization’s economic expenditures, and these are problems that individuals attending the future NAR legislative conferences in Washington, D.C., should really be attuned to, and they should really participate by expressing their viewpoints. Again, the letter was intended to prepare MLSListings leadership for the NAR meeting and the continuing dialogue about finances and member dues.

When it was shared, Inman acquired word of the letter and known as my personnel.

In the scenario of charge boosts, they will hardly ever be appreciated and when charge raises are proposed, they encourage greater degrees of scrutiny of corporation shelling out. The exact same occurs below at MLSListings. I will constantly take the situation that we should really be equipped to talk to and solution tricky issues when it will come to our fiduciary duties — and make individuals responses recognised.

The primary letter unsuccessful by questioning the transparency and integrity of NAR’s use of the income from the IPO with no sharing this with NAR leaders. This was centered on wholly inaccurate information that have been offered to us and types we took at encounter benefit. We acknowledge the unfairness of this, and I want to express my deepest apologies for my phrases in this issue.

As NAR President Elizabeth Mendenhall has stated, “no members or personnel have profited from the DocuSign IPO,” and we stand by her statement.

We have been also presented a mischaracterization of remarks supposedly produced at the NAR Finance Committee conference and reactions to the shows. Again, these have been taken as actuality, which was a grave slip-up on our part. I regret this deeply and apologize to NAR leaders for these assumptions centered on untrue info.

In addition, it unsuccessful to deal with the outreach, info and clarity that NAR has delivered to all members, AEs and their Board of Administrators to be equipped to have this knowledgeable discussion on the dues. This is difficult do the job, and it is an unparalleled step for NAR.

The response to the “opinion piece” has been swift and in the scenario of NAR, justified in its rebuke. But it has also experienced the edge of spurring what I hope is a productive dialogue. I hope these phrases will enable carry about an option to have a dialogue — a single that precisely reflects my sentiments in a tone that is far more honest-minded and respectful.

My passion for structured real estate remains, and I will constantly be a devoted advocate for the tremendous do the job we all do and for the potential to make significant adjust that added benefits our memberships.

My passion for preserving the members and consumers in this marketplace remains. That passion may perhaps have been misplaced, but it remains targeted on what is very good for brokers and brokers, and individuals who believe in us with their organization.