Public Opinion: "Are you an Asset or a Liability?" - Community Guidelines Re-Visited

By
Real Estate Broker with Keller Williams West Sound Realty

 A Harris Interactive poll revealed that out of 11 of the most popular consumer-oriented service professions, real estate agents were one whose advice was least trusted, 2nd to last place, just above Stock Brokers.

Obviously, as an industry, we have a credibility issue. Or a perception problem. Or both.

In some recent blog articles here in the Rain, there's been an excellent dialogue concerning our collective value proposition and how we can best articulate/justify our worth to those we serve. You might want to hop over and catch the Bolen Brothers in action. It's really great stuff!

In our continuing series on gaining a better handle on the ActiveRain Community Guidelines, we're going to discover one rather obvious way that our actions/behavior can either be an 'asset' or a 'liability' towards the public's perception of real estate professionals.

~  o  ~  o  ~  o  ~  o  ~  o  ~  o  ~  o  ~  o  ~  o  ~ 

Our next guideline reads:

  • Respect the public that this community serves and derives its living from.
  • I remember taking an elective class in high school entitled "Science Fiction Literature." One of the required books was George Orwell's "1984" where the entire society was under the watchful eye of 'Big Brother.'

    Even though this is a Network for Real Estate Professionals, the majority of what we contribute here becomes part of the public record, and as such, is under the watchful eyes/scrutiny of consumers.

    I wonder,..What kind of impact do our conversations here on ActiveRain have on their perception of our industry?

    One of my favorite writers here on ActiveRain is Maureen Francis. Her kind mentoring during my early days on this Network were incredibly helpful. She wrote a popular article entitled "Hey, We Are Being Watched, And Not Everyone Likes What They See. Another great post comes from Mariana Wagner, a Keller-Williams agent down in Colorado Springs. She wrote a rather introspective article, "Perception = Reality: Real Estate Agents Suck!"

    To me, the most meaningful way we can communicate and demonstrate our RESPECT for the general public is by the manner in which we treat our fellow professionals.

    Now granted, this medium called blogging has a history of being somewhat adversarial in nature. And many people seem committed to continuing that tradition. But does it really help to improve or elevate the public's perception of our industry when we constantly argue and attack one another in our blog posts and ensuing comments? Transparency is one thing, but personal character assassination is quite another. Do you really think that someone is going to want to work with us when they observe our petty bickering? Not likely.

    So, what are YOU doing today, both on this platform and in your business, to turn the tide of negative public opinion and perception?

    Are you an 'ASSET' or are you a 'LIABILITY?'

    For your added reading enjoyment:

    "Monsters in the Blogosphere"

    "Playing Fair in the Blogbox: The Core Rules of Netiquette"

    Posted by

    Follow KitsapAgent on TwitterFriend Rich Jacobson on FacebookJoin Rich Jacobson's LinkedIn NetworkSubcribe to Rich Jacobson's YouTube ChannelListen to My Sweet Tunes on Last.fm

    close

    This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

    Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
    Spam prevention

    Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

    To submit the form,
    drag the flag to the circle on the side.

    Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

    Tags:
    activerain community guidelines
    respect the public

    Comments 54 New Comment

    Anonymous
    Post a Comment
    Spam prevention

    Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

    To submit the form,
    drag the airplane to the circle on the side.

    Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

    Ambassador
    527,146
    Rich Jacobson
    Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker
    Keller Williams West Sound Realty
    Gary - yeah, I am really liking the way/where that Jonathan is leading us, and that he recognizes the value of hiring from within...always big in my book. I had only spoken with Brad once by phone a few months ago. Even talked for a while with his wife. Great gal. They'll fit in nicely!
    March 20, 2008 07:32 PM
    Ambassador
    588,735
    William J. Archambault, Jr.
    The Real Estate Investment Institute

    Rich,

    I commented directly to a non-Rainier today about us. So many seem to miss the point of our society. I wrote:

    You so miss the point of Active Rain! There are 79,000 members and unknown thousands of non-members like you who also read AR. It may look like a "rah, rah" group at times, if you only take a quick glance. The people that have discover individuals members of AR do tend to want to learn and most comments are to aid in learning. The beauty of AR is that you can learn so much. You can also learn by disagreeing, trying to sell your point of view to the opposition will clarify your thoughts and make the others justify theirs.

    If you're respectful you can be totally wrongopposed and still participate. If you can't keep to civil tryp you can start your own blog, you'll find there are always those that agree with you. There are always people to flock to any idea, divine inspiration or crackpot! You need look know feather than the Senate to know it's true, after all Harry Reed keeps getting reelected. There is no litmus tes to join or participate in Active rain!

    Most people who are active on AR are trying to be part of the solution, probably even you. There is no better voice for positive real estate than my friend Bryant Titus. One of these days we may even get him to embrace the idea of fiduciary.

    Persuade us if you can, but don't fault us for rallying around a leader that we believe represents our position! There are 70,000 other on AR many might believe as you do. Join the group and I'd be glad to send you an invitation, we'd all be better off for it.

    I love redundancy so you get it too.

    Orwell was only off by a little bit! I live in Las Vegas where most intersections are watched on camera as the people rush to the casinos where only the toilet stalls are out of big Brother's sight. Many of them drive there in their Onstar equipped cars where their every move is known, while caring a GPS equipped cell phone so they can be traced with in a few feet when they get out of the car!

    Bill

    William J Archambault Jr

    The Real Estate Investment Institute.

    March 21, 2008 11:33 PM
    Rainer
    28,230
    Abe Do
    Thank you for writing about this topic, I think we all need to strive for better and it never hurts to be reminded of this between professionals.
    March 21, 2008 06:18 PM
    Anonymous #53
    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I am an asset. I am up now helping a buyer and checking active rain blogs to keep the day going while other mls pages load. Thanks for all the interesting blogs!
    March 22, 2008 02:35 AM
    Rainer
    65,301
    Jan Evett
    Panama City Beach, FL
    Ryan Properties

    Rich,

    I hope I am always on your "A List" of AR Assets!  Interesting thread here... for the most part I've only experienced the positive.  If I click on a controversial post now I just read and move on... in the beginning I was lured into a couple of heated debates.  Now I find there is so much positive and way too much to learn that will benefit the consumer and my business that I don't care for the controversy and personal agendas.  Great post! 

    March 23, 2008 12:24 AM
    Anonymous
    Post a Comment
    Spam prevention

    Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

    To submit the form,
    drag the computer to the circle on the side.

    Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

    Ambassador
    527,146

    Rich Jacobson

    Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker
    Ask me a question
    *
    *
    *
    Spam prevention

    Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

    To submit the form,
    drag the foot to the circle on the side.

    Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

    Additional Information

    Providing Knowledgeable Empowerment and Relentless Representation of Real Estate Clients throughtout the Western Puget Sound, including all of Kitsap County WA, and portions of Mason, Pierce, and Jefferson Counties.

    "Helping You to Successfully Achieve Your Next Adventure in Life!"

    Rich Jacobson
    Rich Jacobson
    Create Your Badge