Sometimes I feel like everywhere I turn I find television shows, newspaper articles, books and blogs criticizing the honesty of real estate agents.
It is funny, because this stereotype is so dramatically different than the feedback that I receive from my clients. I have been told over and over how grateful my clients were for my help, how stress free I made the transaction and how they would definitely work with me again or refer me to their friends and family.
So why the disconnect? Who are these distrustful real estate agents who are giving the rest of us a bad reputation?
I know that in every industry there are the 'good, the bad and the ugly.' What I don't understand is the constant bashing that we receive.
Is it because of the way we are paid--commission only? Is it because the public does not think we have adequate required education? Is it because of our visibility to people at all income levels? Or are we all perceived to be 'rich?'
What could we do differently to improve our reputation? For those of us who have chosen to work in real estate as a career, and not just a job, this is a constant irritation. While I don't think it affects my daily work, I would love to be able to have people understand how proud I am of what I do when I tell them I am a Realtor. Instead, while I stand proud of the path I have chosen, I see the puzzled looks and the implied, 'why is she doing that when she is smart and well-educated?'
I am proud of what I do and look forward to a day when the public percieves us as their ally and not their enemy.
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