I want to share with you my thoughts about the release to the public of the D.A.N.G.E.R. Report (Definitive Analysis of Negative Game-Changers Emerging in Real Estate), a link to which I shared with you last month.
The 164-page document, which was commissioned by the National Association of REALTORS®, takes a critical look at issues and challenges facing brokers, agents, N.A.R., local REALTOR® associations and MLSs. The report does acknowledge that its findings may not apply to every part of the country, and encourages readers to adjust the report’s assessments to reflect the realities of their own real estate market.
When I read it, my first reaction was why was this document, which was for the benefit of our industry and those that make a career out of real estate, released to the public in the first place? It paints a pretty discouraging picture about REALTORS® and offers no solutions.
My second reaction was that the report’s pessimistic commentary about agents does not fit with how I see things here at BH/GLAAR.
For example, it states that “The real estate industry is saddled with a large number of part-time, untrained, unethical and/or incompetent agents.”
As a sign of how serious BH/GLAAR is in helping to raise and maintain the standards of our members, the strategic plan recently adopted by our Board of Directors places a priority on ensuring that our members “are ethical, respectful and professional.”
At BH/GLAAR, I am proud of the high-quality training we provide new members on how to be ethical and respected agents. Our instructors are knowledgeable and well-respected members of our industry and our association. I am also proud of our dedication in promoting and enforcing the N.A.R. Code of Ethics, and the dozens of workshops and classes we offer to all of our members throughout the year to help ensure their professionalism and success in real estate. By the end of this year we will have offered more than 200 courses, including live and online sessions, on scores of topics.
So don’t believe everything you read in the D.A.N.G.E.R. Report. Like real estate, the report’s conclusions depend on where you are. It’s all about location, location, location. Here at BH/GLAAR, I think our members are a step above others, thanks to the education and training we offer.
Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
Beverly Hills/Greater Los Angeles Association of REALTORS®