The older I get the more I notice and care about. That said I don't care one iota about how things are viewed unless it is in a professional context. It has always been my view that there is a higher standard of conduct required at work: whether that work is real estate related, in education or at the highest level of government.
Unfortunately, there is little concern today about the integrity associated with work. It matters not just how good and knowledgeable you are if you are not believed or trusted. My eyes are wide open and so are your clients and customers. Remember that and act accordingly.