Reblogger Nancy Laswick
Real Estate Agent with United Real Estate SA542701000

Barb Kelly has written a terrific post on a subject that is a hot topic in much of the real estate news these days --- integrity. The public doesn't give our profession very high marks and I imagine much of that has to do with how they were treated when they bought or sold their home. Barb outlines a way for us to regain the their confidence. It won't be easy and it won't happen overnight but it can happen. Whether you agree or disagree, be sure to stop by Barb's original post and leave a comment.

Original content by BARB KELLEY 604512

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Would you agree that Integrity is our most valuable asset?  Success comes and goes, but having Integrity remains forever. Having Integrity means that we do the ‘right thing’, whether we are being watched or not. It seems that on the Active Rain Real Estate Network, we see Integrity being key in our posts.  It sets us apart from other blogs and groups and makes us better people. Integrity takes years to build and can be lost within seconds.  Without Integrity, it doesn’t matter how much experience or knowledge we have.  Here are four thoughts about Integrity:

1)    Building trust

           All personal and business relationships are built on trust. To become trustworthy, you must be respectful and fair while delivering on your promises. Trust enhances openness and allows others to express their views and opinions without fear of intimidation or rejection. Through trust, we can ensure that we (and our brands) stay ahead of the competition.  Trust increases our connection and level of engagement with clients and our communities. Trust and Integrity are intertwined.  People use the presence or absence of Integrity to determine if trust is warranted. All relationships will eventually proceed or stop depending on the level of trust and Integrity in them.

2)    Reputation

Reputation is widely associated with business.  A high reputation attracts more clients while a low reputation is seen as unfavorable and hinders business. If you act with Integrity, you build and enhance trusting relationships.  Customers love associating with trustworthy people who are known for delivering quality services.  A person looking to buy or sell a house will feel better using a reliable and trusted real estate professional.  For me and my team, we call this ‘The Golden Experience’.

3)    Raising the Bar

Integrity not only makes a business grow; it raises the general standards by which we, as real estate professionals, operate.  We often hear that this is lacking in our industry, but through Integrity, the services that we deliver and our clients’ experience in the transaction will provide us with the respect we want, repeat business, referrals, clients that we enjoy working with and financial success!  Also, clients are satisfied paying our commission because they feel that they are receiving top quality services along with Integrity for the best value.  It sets us apart.

4)    Client loyalty

 I think it’s a fact that having Integrity in business is essential for client loyalty and the growth of our businesses.  Unfortunately, Integrity doesn’t develop in us (or our businesses) automatically. It has to be learned and cultivated.  But the payoff to ourselves, family, friends, associates, clients and communities is ‘Golden’! 





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Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Nancy. Good choice for a re-blog. A good one for all of us to pay attention and emulate for sure.

Jun 21, 2016 06:27 PM #1
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Nancy. I agree with you and think integrity is the most important thing.

Jun 21, 2016 09:09 PM #2
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Nancy, Barb certainly covered the word, "Integrity" thoroughly, and we as agents should strive to be trustworthy to all our clients. Nice one to reblog too.

Jun 22, 2016 06:57 AM #3
Pamela Cendejas
Second Self Virtual Assistance - Kingman, AZ
Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235

Yes, yes and a thousand times yes!  Integrity is one of our most valuable assets.  People without integrity are, among other things, committing professional suicide.

Jul 07, 2016 01:59 PM #4
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Hi Nancy Laswick !

Thanks for the re-blog - had not seen it before!

We wish you great success with your blog posts and networking with other members of Active Rain!

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Jul 23, 2016 02:59 AM #5
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Nancy I missed this post of yours or should I say Re-blog of yours and needless to say missed Barb Kelley  original post... my take is the industry is not as bad as people make it out... most Realtors work hard individually to dispel this notion, just by the steps outlined in this post, Endre

Aug 13, 2016 02:40 PM #6
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

So many things come down to having integrity and knowing yourself and how you affect others every day.

Aug 14, 2016 02:29 PM #7
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

It's OK if you miss this post because you have a lot of integrity yourself and present it every day as far as I'm concerned

Aug 14, 2016 02:32 PM #8
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