Community Guidelines-Respect the Real Estate Industry

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"Respect the Real Estate Industry

ActiveRain is a place where real estate professionals can network with their peers and discuss industry insider topics. It is also a public forum where consumers can pull back the curtain and see what the real estate industry is really about"

One of the community guidelines of Active Rain is stated above, "respect the real estate community."

If we who work, live and breath real estate don't show respect, how can we hope the general public will? 

When we follow the REALTORS® Code of Ethics, we show respect for the industry. Article 15 of the Code of Ethics states, "REALTORS® shall not knowingly or recklessly make false or misleading statements about other real estate professionals, their businesses, or their business practices."

In this age of reality television, back-biting, bullying and lack of regard for others is all too common. One can rise above that, and set a good example to our peers and the public, simply by keeping respect in mind.

And one need not be a REALTOR® to follow this guideline -- it's available to all.

working together with respect

 

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Rainmaker
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Sharon Miller
RE/MAX Platinum - Crane Hill, AL

Lottie,

Your post is a great reminder, as most everyone today, face increasing levels of skepticism, prejudice and "group think" when dealing with others. A majority of individuals, would rather interact with those who they perceive to be honest, trustworthy and accommodating. Sadly, there are many today whose only mission in life, can be summed up with the following phrase......"what's in it for me"?

 

If we all would institute the following, "treat others as you wish to be treated", there would be a "sea change" regarding interpersonal relations among all members of our society! 

Jan 23, 2018 07:06 AM #1
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

We recently had a sale, referral from a great friend/client  that really shows how our reputation as Realtors isn't always the best. The folks were so skeptical and untrusting of real estate professionals. You could tell they think we all make tons of money and do very little. We just listened and tried not to judge or take it personal.  Eventually, we won them over. They even sent us a gift at closing with a very sincere thank you  phone call. ( They won't be moving up from California for several months)  

It always makes me pause to think we have to take ethics courses.  How can we operate any other way and stay in business? 

Jan 23, 2018 07:17 AM #2
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Thanks a Lottie....

Jan 23, 2018 07:47 AM #3
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Tim Maitski
Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage - Atlanta, GA
Truth, Excellence and a Good Deal

That section of the code is about making false or misleading statements about an agent or business practice.  I don't think it's really about showing respect.

It doesn't mean that you can't bring attention to some aspect of the industry that might not reflect well on it. As long as it's not false or misleading.

If the following is something we stand by:  

"consumers can pull back the curtain and see what the real estate industry is really about"

Then I have no problem telling the public about the good along with the bad and the ugly of the real estate industry.  

I recall a saying that I think might apply.

"Dissent is the highest form of patriotism"

 

Jan 23, 2018 09:04 AM #4
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Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around

Hi, Lottie!

A good reminder to all of us about respect.  Now, if only we can convince the politicians to set a good example . . . . .

Brigita

Jan 23, 2018 10:03 AM #5
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Hello Lottie: I constantly have to fight the battle against the public's perception of agents. While I would never in a million years make up crap, knowingly or recklessly, I do speak the truth. There is a difference. And there are some type of agents I do not respect. The hardest thing is getting the public to understand we are not all the same.

Jan 23, 2018 10:43 AM #6
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Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Lottie Kendall,

Congratulations on a very worthy featured post! You are so right you don't need to be a Realtor® to follow the guidelines..its meant for all whether in personal life or business!!

Jan 23, 2018 04:19 PM #7
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Lottie- We have to show some respect for each other, agent or not. Just be decent, respectful, and courteous. 

Jan 23, 2018 05:10 PM #8
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Lottie Kendall
Today | Sotheby's International Realty - San Carlos, CA
Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco

Hello Sharon Miller - WIIFM - not part of our Code of Ethics - or part of the Active Rain Community.

Hi Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - the experience you related is exactly why we need to do all we can to respect the industry, improve it as we can, and earn the public's trust.

You're Richie Alan Naggar 

 

Jan 23, 2018 05:31 PM #9
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Lottie Kendall
Today | Sotheby's International Realty - San Carlos, CA
Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco

Hello Tim Maitski - dissent in the Active Rain community is welcomed, as it is/should be in other parts of life. One can dissent and be respectful; I believe by so doing the public's perception of our profession will be enhanced and we will have taken a step in earning their trust.

 

Jan 23, 2018 05:35 PM #10
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Lottie Kendall
Today | Sotheby's International Realty - San Carlos, CA
Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco

Hello Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker amen to that!

Speaking the truth is something we should never stop doing, Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents - doing so in the respectful manner enhances the way the public will view us - or such is my hope.

Hi Dorie Dillard - our Code of Ethics are good ones for all to follow, and not only in business.

Jan 23, 2018 05:38 PM #11
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Lottie Kendall
Today | Sotheby's International Realty - San Carlos, CA
Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco

Hi Kathy Streib - amen!

Jan 23, 2018 05:39 PM #12
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Rob Spinosa
Guaranteed Rate, Marin County, CA - San Anselmo, CA
Vice President of Mortgage Lending, Marin County

Great post, Lottie.  Thank you.  Our country, for better or worse, is being forced to take sides on the matter of respect in a very broad sense.  Let's not forget that respect is earned.  And the earning is accomplished through integrity, honesty and fair dealing.  Those who would care to sidestep those three on their way to a position of respect will do so at their own peril.

Jan 24, 2018 06:46 AM #13
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John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Lottie, I appreciate your reminder to respect.

We must do all we can to bring trust and professionalism to the real estate agent. 

Thanks

Jan 24, 2018 07:17 AM #14
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Lottie Kendall
Today | Sotheby's International Realty - San Carlos, CA
Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco

Good morning, Rob Spinosa - I like your take on earning respect, and agree.

Hello John Wiley - by treating others (and our industry) with respect through our actions, we can hope to earn the public's respect.

Jan 24, 2018 07:27 AM #15
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Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Lottie,

Giving & demanding respect may be boring, but pleasantly so.

Feb 01, 2018 05:04 PM #16
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Lottie Kendall
Today | Sotheby's International Realty - San Carlos, CA
Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco

Hi Dörte Engel - many of the routine things we do can be seen as boring, but they make life flow smoothly and pleasantly; being respectful is one of those. My best to you,

Feb 01, 2018 07:17 PM #17
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