The following appeared in a letter from a homeowner to a friend.
"Of the two leading real estate firms in our town—Adams Realty and Fitch
Realty—Adams 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.