My position, again, is that of a non-professional - my business is not Real Estate. I didn't even know what Redfin was until a week ago. However, I have examined the facts at hand and done the research. Mr. Allen is quite correct.
Please allow me to quote the following, directly from Redfin's site:
QUOTE FROM REDFIN
In major metropolitan areas, our own agents deliver fanatical customer service and a commission refund of 50%; elsewhere you can work with Redfin partner agents whose client references we have carefully screened, for a commission refund of 15%.
More info at this source: http://www.redfin.com/real-estate-agents
Again - Mr. Allen is quite correct to take the position that "he doesn't wish to post his listings or open houses to a Competitor's Site". I CAN appreciate your view also as a consumer - to provide an existing listing or open house with maximum exposure. But, as an objective business decision, it makes perfect sense for him or any other agent to not wish to list with Redfin or any other site that has it's own agents.
I even understand the implications. Let's say that once a customer is already signed with him, that he COULD list open houses or whatever with redfin. One might say, "Hey what's the risk - he's already got the listing, right? So, why not do it - isn't this better for his customer? So ... what's the risk"?
The risk is the following - were he to do so, he would be indirectly (at the very least) helping a competitor to his company. In the long run, this could be damaging to his business.
Coldwell Banker doesn't list on Keller Williams and visa-versa. They BOTH list on realtor.com and Trulia. You - as a consumer - WISH in most emphatic terms that they would also list on Redfin. But ...
Your arguement is predicated from the standpoint that Redfin is some kind of totally independent resource that is available to all, with favors toward none. Were this true - If Redfin were similar in nature to realtor.com, trulia.com, yahoo.com, msn.com, etc - then I would Agree that "yes - everyone should list their stuff on Redfin and have no reason not to". Redfin is not an independent resource. Again - they are NOT. Why is this so? Simple - they have their own agents and a partner program.
I do agree that Redfin has created a really cool site, and have little doubt that others will follow in providing them in various look / feel / features. But - they aren't "just another place to list your stuff".
Steven - with respect - I disagree with the vehement position taken against Mr. Allen. But not you personally. I am doing so based on the facts at hand, all without the slightest personal motivation as my business isn't real estate associated in any way.