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I was sitting in a real estate finance class today, when the teacher made the comment that realtors should never take an active role in controversial election issues, particularly local issues like school funding. His reasoning was that you would always alianate more people than you would befriend and this would be bad for business. I personally disagree. I think you can take sides in issues without being strident and that being engaged on a local level can help develop long term relationships. I was wondering what others thought?

Rich Kruse
Gryphon USA, Ltd. - Columbus, OH

Welcome Melissa.  Don't let mullet man or others without substance to their views get you down. 

Sep 25, 2006 02:16 PM
Linda Davis
RE/MAX Home Team - Gales Ferry, CT
I'm an elected official and often take sides on controversial issues. As long as you remain professional, be honest and willing to listen to both sides,  it won't effect your business negatively. In fact, I've found it does quite the opposite.
Sep 25, 2006 02:33 PM
Colleen Irwin
Retired - Irondequoit, NY
Creative Real Estate Solutions...
Congratulations Melissa on your first Blog here at Active Rain.   I tend to stay neutral when it comes to politics.   But that is me, very conservative...   Trust your instincts, and make sure you have all the facts before you openly express your opinion.   I agree with Linda, as long as your remain professional how can you go wrong?
Sep 25, 2006 03:10 PM
Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate
Majestic Properties - Miami Beach, FL
I personally don't like to get involved with politics, but when it comes down to expressing my opinion, I will never hold back.  It's always about religion and politics.  They also say to not show religious afiliations, but I apply that to home sellers because it can turn off potential buyers.
Sep 25, 2006 03:12 PM
Rich Jacobson
Fathom Realty West Sound - Poulsbo, WA
Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker

I think one of the most important things we can do in life is to be principled, have convictions, and hold to them. When we're with clients, we don't have to force them down their throats. It rarely comes up. But we should be active within our communities. and stand up for what we believe in.

Rich Jacobson, www.KitsapLife.com

Sep 25, 2006 06:35 PM