The nobility of being able to call yourself a realtor............

Real Estate Agent with Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes RS-78439 / BRE #01708344

By DRE terms, you would be called a sales agent.

When I think of sales agent, I think of used cars, telemarketers, and "hold the line for your next available sales agent".

How many "sales agents" that you know have to invest approximately $6000 per year just to be called a "sales agent"?

That's why I disagree with being called a "sales agent". 


We have state exams that we must pass.  We have conditional license terms that must be periodically upheld.  We are required to have technical, architectural, legal and environmental knowledge according to our state and fedaral government.

And on the ethical and spiritual side, we are using our skills and knowledge to help people make the largest purchase they'll ever make in their lives.

We're helping young couples start a new life and new horizons with new baby lives in their future.

We're helping the elderly deal with children having left the nest and making decisions about whether or not to hold on to that big house or find more suitable housing as they enter their golden years.

We're helping people who are going through the death of their loved ones with residential property and what to do with it with respect to those that the departed have left behind.

We're helping people going through divorces, perhaps with children, get through a highly emotional distraught period in their lives, and helping them to move on.

We helping those who have hit a financial roadblock in their lives to be able to make sound decisions as to their investment in their homes.

We're helping people.  People who are coming and going.  Lives who have left this plain, and new lives born into this world.

Someone's home is there most sacred place.  When you are helping them to find that place, your heart better be in it, or you're looking at some pretty heavy Kharma.

So please DO NOT EVER call me a "sales agent"

I've paid my dues, and I continue paying them for the privelage of being called a REALTOR.

I love being able to participate in helping people in such ways.

It's just icing on the cake to be able to earn a living doing it.

Respect yourself and respect your occupation. 

Uphold the values every single day.

You'll need help someday very soon, and you'll want and depend on it to be as genuine as you're giving now..............



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Angelia Garcia
Pure Realtors - Dallas, TX

I like the Bee Gee's especially "more than a woman."

Jul 27, 2009 10:12 AM #1
Joseph Harrison
Avalon Properties Group - Brunswick, GA

Well said Ralph!  Lovin the playlist!  I'll have to remember to pull up your blog next time I'm trying to set the mood with my wife

Jul 27, 2009 10:13 AM #2
Ben Charles

Hello Ralph,


I could not agree with you more. In fact, some colleagues and I are creating a "BLS" or buyers listing service for ONLY REALTORS to use. We believe in being in the business for the need not the greed. REALTORS have to abide by the code of ethics and that is exactly who we want representing our buyers while they make the largest purchase decision of their lives. Three cheers to you, Ralph.

Jul 27, 2009 10:35 AM #3
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Ralph, great post!  I agree whole heartedly (sic?), anyway I completely agree and I am glad that I didn't have to pass a spelling test to obtain my license so that I too would have the privilege of paying the necessary dues to be called a Realtor!  Thanks for the memories of your play list, I too like the Bee Gee's!

Jul 27, 2009 10:42 AM #4
Palm Springs Realtor Stewart Penn
Bennion Deville Homes - Palm Springs, CA
Bennion Deville Homes - Broker Associate

Ralph - I think many agents and consumers don't realize one needs to registered with the National Association of Realtors® before one can legally refer to oneself as a Realtor®.

Jul 27, 2009 11:14 AM #5
Brian Schulman
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552

I'm proud to be a Realtor.  But I'm also proud to be a salesperson.  I bring a valuable service to my clients.

Jul 27, 2009 11:17 AM #6
Terry Chenier
Homelife Glenayre Realty - Mission, BC


I would add to the comments; I pride myself in being an ethical realtor-almost to a fault.

Jul 27, 2009 05:35 PM #7
Gerry Khatchikian
Red Lodge, MT


I like visiting your blog.  Not only did you write another great post that I enjoyed reading but I enjoyed listening to the Bee Gee's too.   Thanks!

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Jul 28, 2009 12:05 PM #8
Anne Hensel
South Beaches Real Estate Professionals - Saint Petersburg, FL
Realtor - Broker - St. Pete Beach, Treasure Island

Ralph, great post. I will re blog it.

Aug 02, 2009 03:15 AM #10
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