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REW Public Comment : CENTURY 21 Mills First, Inc. (Edwards, David) 10/21/2005, REW-0112

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Comment No.: REW-0112
Received: 10/21/2005
Organization: CENTURY 21 Mills First, Inc.
Commenter: Edwards, David
State: FL
Attachments: None


From: dedwards@c21mills.com [mailto:dedwards@c21mills.com]
Sent: Friday, October 21, 2005 3:14 PM
To: ATR-Real Estate Workshop
Cc: ftcdojworkshop@realtors.org
Subject: Competition and the Real Estate Workshop"-Comment, Project No.

Please see the attached letter in Word Document format.

David Edwards, Manager

CENTURY 21 Mills First, Inc.
Tarpon Springs
727-934-1111 (Office)
727-580-6635 (Cell)

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October 21, 2005

Antitrust Division
U.S. Department of Justice
Liberty Place, Suite 300
Attention: Lee Quinn
325 7th Steert, NW
Washington, DC 20530

RE: "Competition and the Real Estate Workshop"-Comment, Project No. V050015

The real estate industry is a model of competition that works. In an economy in which large, national corporations -- such as Wal-Mart and Microsoft -- dominate the marketplace, real estate stands apart. We are an industry made up predominantly of small businesses and independent contractors who represent the entrepreneurial spirit this country was founded on.

All of us serve localized markets where we compete for business every day. Fierce competition is fueled largely by the uniquely intense and personalized nature of the service we provide to our clients -- which, in turn, determines our future success through referrals and return business.

Barriers to entry are low. If you are willing to take the time to learn the business in your local market, pass the state license examination and adhere to the REALTOR® code of ethics, there is nothing to stand in the way of success in this industry. I had to learn the business and pass the state licensing examination, but it is my own work ethic, commitment to professional standards and dedication to client satisfaction that determine my success. I started in 1994 and have been an active Realtor for almost 12 years. This business is very competitive although we also have to cooperate with another in-order to complete the transaction.

Even through the economic downturns our country has experienced in the past few years, our industry has continued to provide opportunity -- something I would say is confirmed by the thousands of new agents that join our profession every year and the over 2 million Americans who are now licensed to provide professional real estate services in communities across the country.

Nothing encourages a competitive business environment more than providing consumers with choice. In the residential real estate marketplace, consumers not only are able to choose from more than 76,000 brokerage firms and more than 1.2 million REALTORS®, but also from a variety of business models.

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to express my thoughts on the issue of Competition in the workplace.


David J. Edwards, Realtor
Century 21 Mills First, Inc.

Updated June 25, 2015

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