What the HellThis morning, Good Morning America, gave a sneak pre-view of tonights ABC 20-20 programming. For me, it was not pleasant to look at but I will definitely be tuning in tonight to see the report. Personally, I was shocked at what I saw but it encouraged me to write this post.

There’s been a lot of news recently about renegade REALTORS or real estate agents.

Update: Here is a link to the ABC 20-20 program from May 2nd, 2014

I could give you a list of various news articles from around the country that highlight agents and prominent companies, that either, ignore or flagrantly disregard the REALTORS Code of Ethics that we all swore to uphold, as well as local, state and federal laws.

There are news stories of breach of contracts, misappropriation of funds, solicitous acts, invasion of privacy, the list goes on and on.

But I won’t give you that list ……. All of the information is available online if you do a little research, so there’s no need for me to provide it for you.

What I will say, is that there are bad apples in every business and bad apples make news! None of the people or instances that make headline news represent the majority.

Think about it, a medical professional falsified mammogram reports as highlighted in this news article:

Does that mean, you will never go for a mammogram again. Who are you hurting, you or her?

 

A school teacher that is accused of assaulting a child:

Will this stop you from sending your kids to school?

 

A police officer that is accused of murder:

Will this stop you from calling the police when you need them?

 

The point I’m trying to make, is that what makes news, horrific and all that it is, is not representative of the entire profession.

There are some really amazing doctors, teachers and police officers out there but they rarely make headline news.

So if you watch the ABC 20-20 segment tonight, just know that not all REALTORS are cut from the same cloth as the ones you see in the news.

We are a small independent company. We don’t have to follow the rules of a national syndicate but we do have to follow the REALTOR Code of Ethics. Very often that is a higher standard than corporate business or state legislation.

We as a company, we care about our clients, we don’t do anything that will risk our license but more importantly we don’t have the funds to fight any flagrant disregard for our Code of Ethics. We are not, in essence, protecting a corporate culture but we do protect our Bryan / College Station residents. (Maybe that is because we might meet you in the store, at a school event, the local wine bar or at one of our many twin city festivals and entertaining events.)

Bottom line is, we can meet up with you anywhere.

We know then, that we have to do it right, not only the first time but every time.

We are here for you and I promise you, we are as shocked by many of these news articles as you are.