Respect the Real Estate Industry – Remember Transparency

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Respect the Real Estate Industry – Remember Transparency

 

As part of the 2017 Blog JUMPSTART Challenge, Lynn Friedman offers a number of opportunities to share our opinions, beliefs and knowledge in 1 of 3 JumpStart formats – Mini, Midi and Maxi. You have until the end of the month to write your posts and garner lots of bonus points as a benefit of learning and sharing.

 

One requirement, no matter which tract you take, is to talk about some aspect of the ActiveRain Community Guidelines. It’s a great opportunity to re-familiarize yourself, or in some cases familiarize, with these guidelines and a creative avenue to provide your own interpretation and thoughts.

 

“Respect the real estate industry” is the first in the list.

 

shaking hands is professionalWhile it may be unfortunate that we even have to be reminded about respect, given what ActiveRain is all about it’s wise to have a written reminder about why we are here, and the industry binding us as a community.

 

The issue related to respect that really stood out for me is transparency.

 

Transparency is a hallmark of not only AR but the Internet is general – a place where what we say and do becomes visible to anyone who chooses to look. While it’s probably top of mind when you are first getting started online by sharing opinions, beliefs, information, photos, links to other articles, and comments – indeed, you want to be in the public eye, don’t you? – over time the impact of being transparent might get forgotten.

 

transparencyActiveRain is a highly visible window through which anyone can gaze upon the real estate industry, whereby members, non-member real estate professionals and affiliates, and most importantly consumers, can see and hear about the workings of this business.

 

It’s not always a pretty picture in the real world, but also online given the way that some portray it, what they share and how, and the manner in which they treat other real estate professionals and affiliates in our online community.

 

Therein lies the risks of transparency!

 

Consumers, and other members, can only see, hear and interpret what is presented without the benefit of the real life experience that may portray a different angle or render another perception.

 

Because of this window to our world it’s imperative to show respect for our industry, and those within it, by behaving professionally, sharing information truthfully and accurately, treating others appropriately, and keeping our emotions in check (as we would hopefully do in any transaction, and with clients and vendors).

 

Respect for our industry is even more critical given the lack of body language and visible emotions in our online world, since viewers - other members, other non-member agents and affiliates, and consumers - have only written words to judge, which can easily be misinterpreted or distorted, resulting in a bad impression of a person, a situation, or our industry as a whole.

 

The very visible nature of our activities in our community - the transparency with which we discuss the good, the bad and the ugly; the way we treat each other; our conduct and opinions; how we talk about clients and transactions -  conveys a powerful message to the public about the real estate industry and its practitioners. Each of us has the opportunity, and responsibility, as real estate professionals to contribute to a positive view of our industry and to provide useful education.

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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Jeff,

I really appreciate your point of view on the subject.  I have preached that we should stop denigrating each other for bad behavior, and handle amongst ourselves as a profession and not air out the dirty linen in view of the public.  I hated when books have come out outlining the incompetence and the"danger" of incompetent agents!  When we did management consulting for physicians and attorneys, I learned that unlike real estate agents, they have a board to manage this quickly and efficiently and keep it out of the public eye providing now laws were broken.  I wish we did that.  A

Jan 10, 2017 02:26 PM #1
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Will Hamm
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Hello Jeff Dowler,  You point out some great information in this bog and one that everyone should read.

Jan 10, 2017 02:33 PM #2
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Hannah Williams
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Jeff Dowler  Excellent read .. wonderful points on how not to belittle other  Real Estate agents . By doing so it makes us as a group look bad . 

In our area we have a grievance committee and  a ethics committee if you are a member of the board of Realtors and have a complaint about an agent or brokerage .  There are also rules we must abide by to be a member of the MLS .

Jan 10, 2017 02:59 PM #3
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Jeff Dowler
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Hi Ron and Alexandra Seigel 

Thanks so much for your comments - I so agree! Thankfully most here behave well and there is much information that should be shared with the public, but sometimes I cringe at some of the comments/posts in the public arena, or the manner in which a few people talk to others. It not only creates a bad impression for those reading but also potentially the public. There is nothing wrong with disagreement and varying opinions on different topics but the personal attack has no place here, or well, anywhere.

Jeff

Jan 10, 2017 03:11 PM #4
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Joe Pryor
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Very true words and it reminds me of the classic 1960's Pogo line, "We have met the enemy and he is us".

Jan 10, 2017 07:06 PM #5
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Jeff Dowler
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Thank you Will Hamm . It was fun to think on and write about.

I think all that is true in many areas, Hannah Williams  Problem is many agents do not file complaints. And bad behvarior here creates a negative impression but is not likely reportable except to Bob. But by then the damage is done.

Jeff

Jan 10, 2017 08:22 PM #6
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Joe Pryor 

Well that says it pretty succintly. Can't argue with Pogo's logic!

Jeff

Jan 10, 2017 08:23 PM #7
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Jeff Dowler, I love this read and totally agree with your point of view! How can we expect the public to respect us if we don't respect ona another!

Jan 10, 2017 11:29 PM #8
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Hi Jeff -- your post rings true.  Our words whether be in our conversations - our posts - our comments are "out there" and likely longer than we will be.  Muse wisely.   

Jan 11, 2017 07:47 AM #9
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Jeff Dowler
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Hi Debe Maxwell  - that's an excellent question. Unfortunately people are influenced by first impressions and then make assumptions.

Michael Jacobs  - wise words my friend! Thank you!

Jeff

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