In my experience, if you ask anyone “are you an honest person?”, almost all will answer the question the same way – YES. What if the question were asked, “are you ethical in your dealings with other people?” This is a much more complicated question with more nuanced answers. I spent the better part of a morning taking a renewal course which focused on the question of ethics in real estate. Like any good course, it raised as many questions as answers that it provided.
The National Association of Realtors® requires all of it’s members to operate under a specific set of guidelines called the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. This document put’s in place a set of standards that Realtors® agree to follow in their business life. The following is just the first Article of the code;
When representing a buyer, seller, landlord, tenant, or other client as an agent, REALTORS® pledge themselves to protect and promote the interests of their client. This obligation to the client is primary, but it does not relieve REALTORS® of their obligation to treat all parties honestly. When serving a buyer, seller, landlord, tenant or other party in a non-agency capacity, REALTORS® remain obligated to treat all parties honestly.
It probably comes as no surprise that we are charged with protecting and promoting the interests of our clients. However, the code of ethics goes on to say that Realtors® must treat all parties honestly — ALL PARTIES. It sounds a lot like the Golden Rule doesn’t it? Treat others as you would like to be treated? Doesn’t everyone want to be treated with honesty, respect, and fairness?
Yes, we have all heard of the unethical agent that puts their interests above that of their clients. However, I can say that in my experience, this is just not the case. The folks that I work with at Lyon Real Estate consider themselves to be professionals. They are dedicated, intelligent, earnest, and demonstrate a high level of care for their clients. They come from diverse backgrounds with rich life experience. Many have corporate or working backgrounds that are invaluable in assisting their clients.
I am proud to be a Realtor®