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In Defense of Scorned 'Bottom Feeders'

March 17, 1991

Having read Ellen James Martin's front page real estate story mauling "bottom feeders" as scavengers, grubbers and bargain hunters, my sensibilities as both an environmental engineer and a licensed real estate broker are in a very raw state indeed. Were it not for beneficial bottom feeders in nature, our oceans would have become open sewers. These various organisms act as debris scavengers and should be applauded for their work without which there would be no world as we know it.

In real estate, bargain hunters provide the same cleansing action as scavengers do deep in our oceans and waterways without which there would be no balance between supply and demand.

My advice to those seeking property is to act as a bargain hunter and make those bottom-feeding offers until a strike is made.

ROBERT L. ROD

Marina del Rey

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