You began the ad hominem. And if you're going to describe yourself as "smart" and "professional" you probably actually should do a better job spelling. I didn't bring up all your errors - just made sure I cited you properly. Feel more than free to point out all of my spelling errors. It won't take you long.
I'm not sure why you are taking this so personally. I got on my soap box after reading a bunch of industry b.s. from people trying to make a buck while pretending to have an interest in the well-being of the home buyer. Here's a prime (and concise) example from Carlos:
Read this: http://www.northfulton.com/Articles-i-2008-04-10-171546.1121
stop hesitating, and pull
As to the rest of your post, here are some other points:
"If the agent is professional and has ethics they qualify the buyer. Qualifying the buyer doesn't only mean qualifying whether they "can" purchase a home but whether they should be purchasing a home at this point in their life."
Notice the "If" - does that have anything to do with the current housing mess or the point I am trying to make?
"both the buyer/seller and I benefit."
I was asking who benefits, you or I, if a buyer buys in a declining market. The answer is that you benefit. It won't really affect me much. But the buyer may very well NOT benefit if the market tanks and something happens and the buyer can no longer make the payments or must sell for some reason. Do we have to go into that?
"Something else I'd like to point out is that you seem bothered by the fact that I get paid for my hard work. Of course I benefit when my client buys/sells a house...it's called earning a living."
I'm not bothered at all by your earning a living. I do think your commission level is excessive, however. I would venture to say I'm in the majority there. I will say that in the current market, sellers' agents may very well deserve what they earn. But now that agents no longer have a monopoly on info, commission levels are beginning to come under attack, no?
"For some reason people like you have this crazy notion that my hard work shouldn't be compensated....When was the last time you felt someone should give a portion of their "paycheck" to you for bad service or a bad product?"
When did I say that your hard work shouldn't be compensated? I really have no idea what your fourth paragraph even means.
"I'm sick of people like you bad mouthing an industry when it affects many good people. Yes, there are bad agents...but there are great agents too."
Why do you think so many people are critical of your profession? Why do you think real estate agents are generally held in such low regard? Why are they so frequently viewed as dishonest, greedy and opportunistic? Why not spend some of your time being the voice of reason and objectivity on boards like this instead of attacking people who dare to stand up to the NAR company line constantly spewed out?
"Also, even in a terrible market where we don't know when the bottom will happen, it is still a great time for some buyers/sellers to move. It depends on their individual circumstances."
Finally a realtor who admits that the market is terrible. Exactly what should happen here. And I don't particularly disagree with that statement.
"So, why don't you relax and live and let live for a change?"
I'm relaxed. Just fighting the monopoly. But I do think it's funny you chose to end your rant with those words.