Sorry, but I use the word CHEQUE. I have been using it for years. I am not a stickler for the English Language and Grammar rules. I am not a Linguistics Expert, nor am I a novelist or English major. Hell, I can barely read and only own a Dictionary for the pictures.
I caught hell today from a friend of mine who made me explain my usage of the word Cheque.
So here it is....CHECK per Webster
· An action or influence that stops motion or expression; a restraint: Heavy rains were a check on the army's advance.
· The condition of being stopped or held back; restraint: kept my temper in check; holding agricultural pests in check with sprays.
· An abrupt stop in forward movement or progress; a halt.
· The act or an instance of inspecting or testing, as for accuracy or quality; examination: the careful check of each unit before sale; gave the car an oil check.
· A standard for inspecting or evaluating; a test.
· A check mark.
· A ticket or slip of identification: a baggage check.
· A bill at a restaurant or bar.
· Games. A chip or counter used in gambling.
· A written order to a bank to pay the amount specified from funds on deposit; a draft.
· A small crack; a chink.
and cheque per Webster
n : a written order directing a bank to pay money
So what does this have, if anything, to do with Real Estate. Nothing.....Nothing at all. It has Everything to do with Professionalism. I read contracts all day every day. I see the simplest mistakes and I think, (sometimes out loud) are we professionals?
Most of us are, and most of us are Damn Good if Not great Realtors, but there are a few of us that are either too lazy to try, too busy to care, or too rich for either.
I read an outstanding post from one of our future outstanding agents about what our cars say about us....well what does your writing say about you?
Here are the common mistakes I see every day
misuse of there - their - they're Sic. (Thier)
misuse of to and too
Misspelling of Refrigerator, Appliances and Air conditioner.
I find a myriad of other simple mistakes that Spell Check will not find. Now I know that there is someone going through my other rants and ready to point out my every incorrect usage of this wonderful language. They are there to be found and I have embarrassed the teachers who tried so valiantly to help me learn....but I TRY to get it right and sometimes do.
My all time favorite is this quote from a website.
Sic. " I beleive in continuing education, along with my required education/courses I have obtained my Florida Mortgage Brokers license, GRI-Graduate Realtors Institute and e-PRO certification . As a Florida licensed Real Estate Instructor I instruct the 63 hour Pre-license real estate course, 72-hour Real estate Broker course, the 45 hour post licensing course for real estate sales associates, the 60 hour post licenining course for real estate brokers and the 24 hour mortgage broker course.