If Politicians Had to Abide by the Realtor Code of Ethics

by Steve Crossland, REALTOR in Austin TX on November 1, 2010 · 2 comments

As we’re all bombarded for one last night on radio, TV and our mailboxes with the offensive and intellectually insulting ads produced by maggot politicians seeking our votes, I thought it would be interesting to see what the world would be like if these scumbags had to follow the same Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics that we do as Realtors.

Article 1
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 means instead of seeking power and wealth for yourself, Mr. and Mrs. Politician, you work toward the best interests of your “clients”, those being the constituants whom you are suppose to serve and represent.

Article 2
REALTORS® shall avoid exaggeration, misrepresentation, or concealment of pertinent facts relating to the property or the transaction.

Stop telling lies about your opponent, about yourself and about the issues. You’re all worse than a bunch of 5 year olds. It’s embarrassing to watch your ads on TV. You all should be ashamed.

Article 3
REALTORS® shall cooperate with other brokers except when cooperation is not in the client’s best interest.

Work together to solve common problems, not to feed your ego, your personal aspirations, and your pet projects.

Article 4
REALTORS® shall not acquire an interest in or buy or present offers from themselves, any member of their immediate families, their firms or any member thereof, or any entities in which they have any ownership interest, any real property without making their true position known to the owner or the owner’s agent or broker.

Article 5
REALTORS® shall not undertake to provide professional services concerning a property or its value where they have a present or contemplated interest unless such interest is specifically disclosed to all affected parties.

Article 6
REALTORS® shall not accept any commission, rebate, or profit on expenditures made for their client, without the client’s knowledge and consent.

Article 7
In a transaction, REALTORS® shall not accept compensation from more than one party, even if permitted by law, without disclosure to all parties and the informed consent of the REALTOR®’s client or clients.

Article 8
REALTORS® shall keep in a special account in an appropriate financial institution, separated from their own funds, monies coming into their possession in trust for other persons, such as escrows, trust funds, clients’ monies, and other like items.

Stop your back room dealings, lining your own pockets, padding your campaign coffers, taking of special gifts, favors and bribes. If you or someone close to you has a personal stake in something you’re involved with, disclose it up front or recuse yourself. Stop trying to make your personal fortune from public service.

Article 9
REALTORS®, for the protection of all parties, shall assure whenever possible that all agreements related to real estate transactions including, but not limited to, listing and representation agreements, purchase contracts, and leases are in writing in clear and understandable language expressing the specific terms, conditions, obligations and commitments of the parties.

Quit writing bloated, unclear legislation that nobody can interpret or understand. Keep it simple stupid.

Article 10
REALTORS® shall not deny equal professional services to any person for reasons of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. REALTORS® shall not be parties to any plan or agreement to discriminate against a person or persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.

Quit playing the race card on everything. Treat everyone like an equal and with respect.

Article 11
The services which REALTORS® provide to their clients and customers shall conform to the standards of practice and competence which are reasonably expected in the specific real estate disciplines in which they engage …REALTORS® shall not undertake to provide specialized professional services concerning a type of property or service that is outside their field of competence unless they engage the assistance of one who is competent on such types of property or service, or unless the facts are fully disclosed to the client.

Stay out of stuff you don’t understand. Your incompetence can harm others. Stick to what you know, admit when you don’t know, and get help if you need help understanding something.

Article 12
REALTORS® shall be honest and truthful in their real estate communications and shall present a true picture in their advertising, marketing, and other representations.

Does this even need commentary? Realtors can be hauled in front of an ethics hearing for the slightest fib in the description of a property or its attributes. But look at the advertising allowed by these maggot politicians. It’s despicable. A disgrace. You should all be ashamed.

Article 13
REALTORS® shall not engage in activities that constitute the unauthorized practice of law and shall recommend that legal counsel be obtained when the interest of any party to the transaction requires it.

The spirit of this again goes to competence and fairness. Understanding that the upper hand and/or best advice is always owed to the client.

Article 14
If charged with unethical practice or asked to present evidence or to cooperate in any other way, in any professional standards proceeding or investigation, REALTORS® shall place all pertinent facts before the proper tribunals of the Member Board or affiliated institute, society, or council in which membership is held and shall take no action to disrupt or obstruct such processes.

If you make a mistake, or are caught doing willful misconduct, take your medicine and submit to the processes in place and allow yourself to be held accountable. Don’t run and hide or try to blame others.

Article 15
REALTORS® shall not knowingly or recklessly make false or misleading statements about competitors, their businesses, or their business practices.

Again, does anything more really need to be said? Wouldn’t it be nice if truth was a requirement of these people?

Article 16
REALTORS® shall not engage in any practice or take any action inconsistent with exclusive representation or exclusive brokerage relationship agreements that other REALTORS® have with clients.

Mind your own business. Don’t stick your nose into other people’s business when not invited.

Article 17
In the event of contractual disputes or specific non-contractual disputes as defined in Standard of Practice 17-4 between REALTORS® (principals) associated with different firms, arising out of their relationship as REALTORS®, the REALTORS® shall submit the dispute to arbitration in accordance with the regulations of their Board or Boards rather than litigate the matter.

Settle disagreements honorably, in a proper forum.

Odd, isn’t it, that Realtors and other professions have Standards of Practice and Codes of Ethics that mean something and are meant to protect the public against bad behavior, lies and self-serving actions. Yet we don’t hold out elected officials to standards anywhere close to the ones adhered to in the business world. Yes, there are bad Realtors, bad Lawyers, Doctors, etc. But come on, the politicians are so far removed from what can be honestly that it’s a wonder anyone decent would even want to become one.

It all ends tomorrow, until the next go ’round.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 George November 2, 2010 at 6:40 pm

They all boil down to, Do what’s right. If only we would all follow that rule.

Thanks for the thought-provoking post.

2 Michael @ The Stage Coach November 3, 2010 at 7:35 pm

[***chuckling***] Perhaps on your next blog, you’ll tell us who you really feel?

I will always remember Monica Lewinsky… the idea was brought up to make it a punishable offense to have a sexual relationship with an intern in the Capitol. The Representatives at the time wanted nothing to do with it. They were either guilty or hoping or both.

D.C. was built on a swamp – that’s why it attracts the scum…
Michael

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