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Arg 4 choice of real estate agent

The following appeared in a letter from a homeowner to a friend.

Of the two leading real estate firms in our townAdams Realty and Fitch RealtyAdams Realty is clearly superior. Adams has 40 real estate agents; in contrast, Fitch has 25, many of whom work only part-time. Moreover, Adams' revenue last year was twice as high as that of Fitch and included home sales that averaged $168,000, compared to Fitch's $144,000. Homes listed with Adams sell faster as well: ten years ago I listed my home with Fitch, and it took more than four months to sell; last year, when I sold another home, I listed it with Adams, and it took only one month. Thus, if you want to sell your home quickly and at a good price, you should use Adams Realty.

Write a response in which you examine the stated and/or unstated assumptions of the argument. Be sure to explain how the argument depends on these assumptions and what the implications are for the argument if the assumptions prove unwarranted.


C1: Of the two leading real estate firms in our town - Adams Realty and Fitch Realty - Adams Realty is clearly superior.

G1: Adams has 40 real estate agents; in contrast, Fitch has 25, many of whom work only part-time.

G2: Moreover, Adams' revenue last year was twice as high as that of Fitch and included home sales that averaged $168,000, compared to Fitch's $144,000.

C2: Homes listed with Adams sell faster as well:

G3ten years ago I listed my home with Fitch, and it took more than four months to sell; last year, when I sold another home, I listed it with Adams, and it took only one mont

C3: Thus, if you want to sell your home quickly and at a good price, you should use Adams Realty.


A1 (G1, C1) more full-time staff would entail better efficiency

A2 (G2, C1) revenue and average prices in the past can be used to predict the success of individual transaction in the future

A3 (G3, C2, C3) the particular case of selling faster can be used to support a general claim (individual cases could be used to make a general claim; things do not change over time)  


According to the author of the letter, his friend should try to sell the home through Adams because the company has more full-time agents, sold more homes at higher average prices and had a record of selling homes faster. A number of assumptions had been made in the argument and we need to examine them critically to devide if the recommendation is reasonable.


To begin with, it is assumed that a real estate company with more full-time agents would always sell a home faster and better. It is true that with more staff members working full time, Adams will have more human resources available to sell different homes. But it is important to note that they also generate more revenue which means they will need to sell more homes.Yes...but... Therefore, the human efforts devoted to each home for sale are not necessarily greater in Adams. The misleading average It is also assumed that full-time agents are always better in selling homes than part-time agents. But it is possible that selling a particular home requires the networking with a particular groups of customers that only part-time agents with more time to spend with other people may have. In cases like this, using Fitch may even be more desirable. Explore alternative scenarios or possibilities



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