Active Rain Should NOT Ban Political Posts- Real Estate is Political

Reblogger Don Rogers
Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield

Katerina in her post makes some very strong points.  As I said in my comment, I believe that the preamble to our Code Of Ethics calls every REALTOR(r) should be politically involved.  There are many issues not only today but coming in the future that will require us to take a stand.

This platform known as Active Rain is a great place to voice our concerns.

What say YOU?

Original content by Katerina Gasset DRE# SL641317

      If You Are A Realtor® You Are In POLITICS!

There is outcry that Active Rain should ban political and religious posts and blogs. There are people who are very polarizing on both sides of this debate.

A Realtor® who does not get involved with the political process does not understand real estate.


The definition of Politics:

politics in real estate

If you are a Realtor® - you are a member of NAR. NAR is a special interest group that is heavily involved with definition # 1. 

If you are a Realtor®- you are benefiting from the political process that the NAR is involved in ( and sometimes not).

If Active Rain did choose to ban political posts and blogs from its' platform then Active Rain would no longer be a true Real Estate platform. The Google juice that is garnered because of Active Rain has made a difference in political outcomes and to throw that away because some members don't know how to use their mouse to click out of a post they don't want to read is just not a wise decision.

 

Where would the staff draw the line on what constitutes a political post? There is just too much gray involved.


To prove my point- let's discuss what constitutes 'political' according to the definition in Webster's Dictionary:

1. NAR is a huge advocate to keep banks out of the business of real estate. They lobbied on Capital Hill for keeping banks out and they succeeded. That is a political battle for your livelihood and the well-being of your customers. Any post addressing banks in real estate would NOT  be allowed on Active Rain because that is a political post.

2. Your county is going to vote on raising the property taxes in your community. Your board of Realtors® has asked you to support the fight against property taxes being raised. Taxes are political. You write a post to tell your community to get involved with the political process and go to the county meetings- that post would NOT be allowed on Active Rain because it is a political post.

3. FHA guidelines, HUD directives and lending regulation- All political subjects. No posts venting about FHA or HUD would be allowed.

4. Short Sales and HAFA regulations- If you state an opinion or are in favor of regulating banks or not- to post about this is political. Therefore you would no longer be able to write posts about certain aspects of short sales.

5. The Housing Market Boom and Bust is also a political arena. If you venture into writing posts about the housing market rise and fall- those could not be allowed either.

6. Eminent Domain Issues- That is a biggie and guess what- Eminent Domain is VERY political. Too bad we would not be able to help homeowners learn about Eminent Domain issues. Those posts would no longer be allowed.

Let's just say that there is a developer in your town that wants to use eminent domain to take down a section of town to build a hotel or a condominium. He or she is friends with the state representative for this area and you find out about it. You would want to let the people in the neighborhood know that this is taking place- yet- your hands would be tied on Active Rain- that would be a political post.

7. The Financial Crisis- Well, we know we can't go there!

8. Cap and Trade as it effects the sale of new and resale homes. NAR has been lobbying for changes to lift the burden off of homeowners in regards to being required to spend money they don't have in order to just sell their home - this is a political debate that needs to happen. But of course, if political posts were banned from AR- you would never get to have that debate.

9. Property Rights! Huge Real Estate issue. If you don't care about property rights you should not even be selling real estate. Property rights- a political discussion.

10. You as a small business owner have concerns and issues that are being discussed on Capital Hill and that right there turns those concerns into political discussions.

You can take almost any Real Estate subject and discover that it is part of the political discussion going on today.  It would be nearly impossible to regulate fairly what constitutes a political post or what does not, then have the word police assigned to seek and ban posts which would result in a loss of membership.


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Rainmaker
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Heather the Realtor Orlando, Lake Mary
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I understand AR has the right to do this but to do that is stifling the free speak of many. Like katrina said if youre a REaltor then you are in Politics. As with everything in life there will peoples views you dont agree with get over it.

Jan 29, 2010 08:26 AM #1
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LLoyd Nichols
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I think getting involved is great, but I don't believe that writing fanatical blogs, espousing a party or the other, is that appropriate or relevant.

Jan 29, 2010 08:26 AM #2
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Don Rogers
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Heather,

I am not so sure AR will be stifling the membership, they have more class than that.  We just need to learn how to say what we have to say and not get angry when others disagree.

Jan 29, 2010 09:22 AM #3
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Don Rogers
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Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Lloyd,

You have made the points that need to be made and said it very nice.  Thank you sir.

Jan 29, 2010 09:25 AM #4
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William Feela
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I don't believe that they should ban these.  There are some great posts that give some good info many times.  Some just need to tone things down a bit.  We should agree to disagree at times.

Jan 29, 2010 11:53 AM #5
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Toula Rosebrock
Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ - Lacey Township, NJ
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Hi Don:

Provided that posts are not offensive or abusive, I believe in freedom of speech on AR!!!

Jan 29, 2010 01:27 PM #6
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
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Don, I agree 100% with Katerina..

Jan 29, 2010 01:56 PM #7
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Katerina Gasset
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Don- Thank you for the reblog Don! I appreciate it. It has created quite the comment stream on my blog. I don't think many agents realize that they are being political just by becoming a member of the NAR. But I am not surprised because many agents that I work and speak with don't even treat this a real bonafide business. 

Jan 29, 2010 04:02 PM #8
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Ann Hayden
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Don,

This is still a free country....let's not ban the political discussions...

Ann Hayden in Wildwood, MO

Jan 30, 2010 01:38 PM #9
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Don, I rarely do political posts. However; I do follow politics. I just don't do them because once I get started...

Jan 30, 2010 08:17 PM #10
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Don Rogers
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William,

There are many fine political posts and we should be able to disagree without being disagreeable, IMHO.

Jan 31, 2010 07:54 AM #11
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
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Toula,

You have got that right unfortunately there are some that either can't or won't agree to disagree and move on.

I personally don't think that AR will prohibit these type of posts.

Jan 31, 2010 07:56 AM #12
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Don Rogers
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Rebecca,

Me too.....

Jan 31, 2010 07:56 AM #13
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Don Rogers
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Katerina,

You are welcome ma'am. And you are so right about some agents not knowing that we are called to be involved in the political arena.

Jan 31, 2010 07:58 AM #14
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Don Rogers
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Right on Ann,

I agree with you and like I have said I do not think that they will prohibit these posts.

Jan 31, 2010 07:59 AM #15
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Don Rogers
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Michael,

I think that this is the first political post that I have done but, I do respond to some.

Jan 31, 2010 08:01 AM #16
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