By Victoria Reviel • 2018 President

We all know we should play nice in the REALTOR sandbox, but there are some who feel the need to win at any cost. The Texas Association of REALTORS tells us to have respect for the public and property but how about respecting our peers? 

Texas REALTORS Respect for Your Peers:

1. Identify your REALTOR and professional status in all contacts with other

REALTORS. 

2. Respond to other agents’ calls, texts and emails promptly and courteously. 

3. Be aware that large electronic files with attachments may be a burden on

recipients. 

4. Notify the listing broker if there appears to be inaccurate information on the listing. 

5. Share relevant information about a property, including the presence of pets, security systems and whether sellers will be present during the showing. 

6. Show courtesy, trust and respect to other real estate professionals. 

7. Avoid the inappropriate use of endearments or other denigrating languages. 

8. Do not prospect at other REALTORS’ open houses or similar events. 

9. Carefully replace keys in the lockbox

after showings. 

10. Mutual respect is essential to be successful in the business.

11. Real estate is a reputation business. What you do today may affect your reputation and your business for years to come. 

So how about putting yourself in your peer’s shoes for a moment and remember death, divorce, disease and sometimes just having a bad day does not just happen to our clients, it also, unfortunately, affects your fellow REALTORS.

So let’s all remember when you get ready to blow your top with the other REALTOR — stop and think if this is the way you want to do business or the way you want to be known in your industry. Do you really want to hurt this other person whether it is verbally or financially? Take a moment and think. You never know what is happening in the lives of your fellow REALTORS.

I believe that each one of us holds the key to a door of hope for someone — perhaps in ways — we’ve never before considered. As members of the Williamson County Association of REALTORS, 2,000 agents strong, your role as a WCREALTORS leader is to be mindful of the choices you make every day and contribute to raising the professionalism in the real estate industry.

In conclusion, remember to follow the National Association Code of Ethics, be kind to each other, always play fair, keep the doors of communication open, be careful not to let the door slam shut on friendly relations and cooperate with your fellow REALTORS.  RL