I believe Aretha Franklin sang it better than anyone could say it...
Find out what it means to me
Take care, TCB
Oh (sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me)
A little respect (sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me)
Whoa, babe (just a little bit)
A little respect (just a little bit)
I get tired (just a little bit)
Keep on tryin' (just a little bit)
You're runnin' out of foolin' (just a little bit)
And I ain't lyin' (just a little bit)
(re, re, re, re) 'spect
That catchy little tune captures the heart of what most everyone wants. Respect. And yet, I find that more and more respect has to be earned instead of freely given, especially in the world of Real Estate.
Recently, I actually had someone say to me, "Oh you're a Realtor®? Well, so what?" That kind of ticked me off. I thought to myself, you know, "I don't go around trashing what you do. How about a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T here!" So I got to thinking about it. Why exactly would someone care that you or I are a Realtor...or whatever we are. And further, apart from working to earn someone's respect, what is it about being a Realtor that IS a big deal?
1. First of all, being a Realtor® is a big deal because it means I am self-employed. Owning your own business isn't easy. The tax burden alone will make you choke on your dinner. And tracking expenses and being responsible means that if you aren't pretty sharp, you won't be a Realtor® for very long. And being in business for yourself is hard work. You have to set your schedule and keep yourself motivated. It is your own responsibility to be successfull...or not. So I respect Realtors® and anyone else who goes into business for themselves. Way to go!
2. Being a Realtor® is a big deal because it gives me acccess to people in every profession I need in order to help my clients. Need a roofer? I know the good ones. Same thing goes for plumber, electrician, lawyer, title company and home builders. I don't do business with professionals who pull strings or do underhanded stuff. And I don't refer to them either. And I don't know any other Realtor® in Owasso who would either. And that's because of number three.
3. Being a Realtor® is a big deal because I am bound by a Code of Ethics that is designed to protect buyers and sellers. Think this is no big deal? Think again! The Real Estate Code of Ethics is nationwide. It keeps Realtors from intentionally misleading the public about homes and real estate. Further, it guides us in how to properly handle transactions, account for money and work successfully for our clients. If you come across a Realtor who violates the Code of Ethics, you have a way to deal with that. You talk with Local Board, who will then take up the matter, do an investigation and handle any discipline. I don't know how many other professions provide this kind of oversight for their contractors and customers, but I can't think of that many - especially in the small business world.
4. Being a Realtor® is a big deal because I work in cooperation with every other Realtor® and every other licensed Real Estate company. You want to see that house, listed by xyz company? No problem. I can show it to you because the Real Estate profession is a cooperative environment. Yes we compete, but we also work together to help one another and to help our clients to buy and sell successfuly. Does it work? Absolutely! Why do you think so many more homes are sold with the services of a Realtor than those who have no representation.
5. Being a Realtor® is a big deal also because I am local. I live in my market. I know the neighborhoods. I know the houses too and typically what is going on with them. When you move across country, often the Realtor is one of the first people you contact. You will be amazed how connected to the community Realtors are. We live where we work and we love what we do.
The next time someone trashes Realtors®, I think I'm going to start singing Aretha to them! Okay, just kidding. You don't want to me sing. It ain't pretty. But I will do this. I'll tell them to go their Real Estate license and then jump into my shoes for a year. After that, you can come back and trash what I do if you want. But not until you walk a mile in my shoes.
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Originally Posted at: My Owasso Home