Realtor reputations have not fared especially well over the past decade, but neither have the reputations of lawyers, used car salesmen, and politicians. Yesterday on the news the results of a poll by Public Policy Polling was revealed. “We’ve seen poll after poll after poll over the last year talking about how unpopular Congress is but really, what’s the difference between an 11% or a 9% or a 7% favorability rating? So we decided to take a different approach and test Congress’ popularity against 26 different things.” What they found is that Congress is less popular than root canals, head lice, cockroaches, colonoscopies, Brussel Sprouts, and France. [See the full poll results at The Reputation of Congress.] What an interesting approach to polling!
Realtor reputations have taken a beating too. If you poison a pond, it will typically be a long time before anyone wants to swim in it again, and if a consumer has a bad experience with a Realtor, they will be hesitant to engage a Realtor again. I know this because I’ve talked to many clients over the years who have had very bad experiences, and I have to spend quite a bit of time trying to overcome the damage that was done.
Trust is so important in a relationship between a home seller and their Realtor or a buyer and their Realtor. Honesty and integrity are often assumed, but we can acknowledge that these values are not universal in the human race. If they were, we would have world peace, and there would be no need of harsh laws to protect victims from bad behavior.
Realtor Reputations in Sequim
I’ve had the privilege of working with many wonderful Sequim Realtors and Port Angeles Realtors. Most are Realtors (the trademark name given to a real estate agent who becomes a member of the National Association of Realtors). Some in the profession argue that being a member of the National Association of Realtors and therefore subject to the NAR Code of Ethics establishes a higher level of professionalism and accountability. But honesty, integrity, loyalty, competence, and professionalism are not created by having members swear to a code of conduct. These important values are part of who each individual is, or they are not. A person is honest, or not. A Realtor is honest, or not. A Realtor has integrity, or not. Realtor reputations have taken some big hits by those who are in the “not” category.
Sequim and Port Angeles Real Estate as a brokerage lives and breathes the values clients expect–honesty, integrity, competence, hard work, loyalty, and professionalism. But when I meet with potential clients who have had a very bad experience with a Realtor, it is often impossible to overcome the negative association they have with my profession. That’s too bad.
Realtor Reputations and Trust
I hope you’ll take the opportunity to review the reputation and experience of this Sequim Realtor. You’ll find over 1,300 articles on this real estate blog all about Sequim real estate and Port Angeles real estate. You can learn more about me personally, Chuck Maurnde, and you’ll also find some videos and audios that buyers have found helpful. I don’t know what your personal experience has been in regard to Realtor reputations, but I would appreciate the opportunity to prove that this brokerage is worthy of your trust.
Chuck grew up in remote Alaska, graduated from the University of Alaska with a degree in Economics and Teacher Certification, and after teaching high school for two years, went to law school at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. He served four years as a Captain and JAG in the USAF at Nellis AFB in Las Vegas. After practicing real estate law for 20 years in Washington, Chuck founded iRealty Virtual Brokers covering Sequim and the beautiful Olympic Peninsula. He is the author of 2,200 real estate articles and a dozen real estate books, and he produced over 100 real estate videos. Chuck combined his love for real estate and technology to create a massive Internet presence, and his articles and videos and books have been viewed by millions. Chuck is a well recognized real estate expert and his counsel is sought by other brokers and practicing attorneys around the country. Buyers from New York to Hawaii and from Florida to Alaska seek him out to retain him as their buyer's agent, and home owners around the State of Washington seek him out because of his new Flat Fee Listing Service.
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