A lot of you know that I’m a contributor for a National Real Estate On-line Magazine called Agent Genius. If you are ever curious about the discussions that go on inside the real estate industry, outside Miami – take a jump over there and you may be pleasantly surprised….or not 🙂
I seldom publish articles there that I would publish here for obvious reasons (different readers) but this one in particular can be shared with all – since it is a rant and I feel better when I let these out.
I confess that I am embarrassed to be called a REALTOR
People avoid me (the real estate industry) like the plague. I had someone tell me yesterday that he would have no problem speeding up at an intersection if he knew the person crossing the street was a Realtor. At a party last week, a man asked the host to please not introduce him to me because he knew I was a Realtor and I would try to sell him a house.
The thought of being included in the same category as others that have continuously disappointed and cheated clients out of their best interest is embarrassing to say the least. I even had an esteemed colleague tell me this week after reading the “about us” page here, that including my architecture degree and Rick’s Accounting degree was of no value to my readers.
Feeling ashamed is just WRONG!
When our industry is looked as a whole and you ask someone to describe a Miami Beach Realtor, this is what people have to say: pushy, relentless, disrespectful, worse than attorneys, cheaters, snakes, scum……..I’ve heard tons more that are not appropriate for this blog, but you get the picture.
So here’s my point – Rick and I, together with a handful of “good Realtors”, strive to break the mold and change the perception of our industry one client at a time. I am proud to say that we are achieving just that – but what about the thousands of people that would not even give us a chance? The ones that keep trashing us and get nauseous at the thought of even addressing one of our “kind”?
As much as I’d like to admit that our industry is better after the down-turn and a lot of “bad agents” have left the business – there are more out there that are still making us look bad. I don’t have an answer on how to solve this, I can only do my part in trying to change the perception.
Not only do we go above and beyond our call of duty, but we also bring value to our clients and the industry – we are getting involved to break the mold and help educate? And most importantly, we don’t do what annoys the common public!
I keep hoping that the number of respectful real estate professionals keeps growing and with the help of this medium, we can spread the word more efficiently. (Take a look at Agent Genius…..that’s where you can find a lot of the “good” ones).
We are not all bad
(….not a good motto) – but a start.