Does Your Client Sit On Your Shoulders All Day Long?

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage NRDS # 146013739

ActiveRain Community Guidelines

The Old Saying Goes...

Common Sense Is Not So Common!

First of all, I want to thank Lynn B. Friedman for providing the platform for the 2017 JUMPSTART Challenge - Enhance Your Personal Best . This post is my view on our Community Guidelines. 

Many of us are re-visiting the Community Guidelines as we do every year. The common theme through-out the guidelines is "Respect".  I will visit "Respect" later.  




Common Sense

The first thing that popped into my mind when I re-read the guidelines was, all of this is nothing more than using a little common sense. Some explanation may be needed to explain what could happen if you don't follow the guidelines. But even then, common sense should prevail. 

For example, "You must not violate any Fair Housing Laws." Shouldn't all agents  know this implicitly?  Isn't this common sense?  



I decided to also re-visit the definition of common sense. Webster's New College  Dictionary defines common sense as:

"The ability to make sound judgments"  

Well, that certainly does not sound hard to do, does it?  As you read further through the guidelines this following line addresses my previous question.

 "Please take these rules seriously.  Don't try to look for loopholes; instead, take them to heart and respect the spirit in which they were created. We administrate this community using logic and common sense, and we will give greatest regard to the intention of the rule."

common sense definition



A day does not go by that you can't point to someone who is trying to find a loophole rather than following the spirit and intent of a rule or regulation.  Some people justify why the rule does not apply or does not fit a particular situation so that they don't have to follow it. 

In the end, those of us who use common sense have to put up with warnings and disclaimers on just about every product.



One of my favorite sayings on a virtual gravestone is:  


Beloved Husband & Father of Discretion, Responsibility, & Reason -

Rest In Peace"  - (unknown)



There are many definitions for the word "respect". In my opinion and what I find in the context of the Community Guidelines, the definition encompasses this: "agree to recognize and abide by" or in other words, a code of behavior. The word is much bigger than that definition. I live my life by the tenets of the Golden Rule - treat others as you wish to be treated and respect plays a big part of that. You have my respect... until you don't! 


One More Point

As real estate professionals, we need to be cognizant that every action we take including how we communicate with others and especially in this community, is scrutinized by consumers who use our services.  

Our actions and reputation in the real estate industry are always under the microscope and I choose to conduct my business as if a client was sitting on my shoulder all day long watching and listening to my every move. - Sheri Sperry 


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Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Very good post Sheri.  I enjoyed reading your thoughts here and strongly agree with you.

Jan 12, 2017 07:45 AM #1
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Good morning Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, very well written, hope it gets featured. Our actions and reputation...we all work so hard to have repeat business and referrals which can only be achieved by these two.

Jan 12, 2017 08:28 AM #2
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Sheri Sperry,  Love the blog and what a great way of putting it to us here in the rain.  Make it a great day!


Jan 12, 2017 09:01 AM #3
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


You made a very important point that potential clients are reading what you write, and when I see drive by comments which clearly demonstrate that they have not read the post, I wonder how they see 25 points more important than getting a deal...A

Jan 12, 2017 09:21 AM #4
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Where did you ever find that tombstone.  That is great.  Very nice outline of how we should play in the Rain.

Jan 12, 2017 09:22 AM #5
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Ah the justifications for breaking the rules, no doubt, for the sole sake of points, has always been a thorn in my side.  Can't control what others do, but I play in the Rain with integrity and intent to follow the guidelines.

Jan 12, 2017 12:09 PM #6
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - You made it very clear and factual. There isn't anything that I can see that's subject to interpretation. On the topic of loopholes, well, that just bugs the heck out of me. I think people like that are control freaks, who believe whether it's right or wrong, they are always right. In some ways, the people who find loopholes and go against the grain of truth are like the evil stepsisters, Anastasia & Drizella trying to get into the glass slippers, even though they would never fit trying to get into the glass slippers even though they would never fit. 

I hope you get featured. I know you put a lot of work into this one. You did a great job! And that headstone - oh my, it stops one dead in their tracks! 

Jan 12, 2017 04:35 PM #7
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Good old fashion common sense moves many problems before they happen.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jan 12, 2017 07:19 PM #8
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Sheri  I know some people who could use a big dose of common sense. 

Jan 13, 2017 02:31 AM #9
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thank you very much for sharing some of your successful business perspective.

Have a great Friday and an outstanding weekend.

Jan 13, 2017 03:54 AM #10
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Common sense, comes from experience and knowing the steps from listing to closing.

Jan 13, 2017 04:38 AM #11
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Sheri Sperry - MCNE®  I am surprised this was not Featured  it is so clever and really gets the point across 

Jan 13, 2017 07:33 AM #12
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Sheri, loved your picture of the Tomb Stone I would love to get one in my back yard:)) Endre

Jan 13, 2017 06:01 PM #13
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Eyes are everywhere...people who pretend to know what is like to be an agent or make sweeping statemtns about real estatte htat don't apply to every area...and careful....someone somewhere knows of what you write !

Jan 14, 2017 02:05 AM #14
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

The theme of respect is the one I see mentioned over and over. If everyone does that we would be free of conflict and have that feel good feeling. The good thing is we mostly do.

Jan 15, 2017 07:43 AM #15
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Connecting you to the L.A. real estate market

Excellent advice, Sheri. What we put on the internet is out there and cannot be erased. We need to conduct ourselves accordingly and think carefully about how we would like to be seen. 

Jan 18, 2017 06:09 PM #16
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Love this statement..

You have my respect... until you don't! 

Jan 18, 2017 06:49 PM #17
Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® 
There are so many wonderful parts of this post - I would almost have to copy it to praise you for each! So glad you joined in.
All the best -Lynn

Jan 29, 2017 01:02 PM #18
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