The Harris Interactive Poll below proves what any self-respecting real estate broker already knows: When it comes to viewing prestigious occupations. . . well, there’s solace in assuming that at least used-car salesperson must rank even lower.
The table is pretty depressing, but regular readers of this blog know full well the dismay, even disdain, with which I tend to view my competition. While everyone is aware that what we do, after all, is sell, too many of us ignore ethics, flout the law or engage in hyperbolic language that defies credulity.
Yet there are brokers whose approach is to build relationships rather than merely close a deal. They take seriously the responsibility to represent their clients’ best interests. And they make a point of knowing their market, the nation’s economic situation, mortgage options and the best way to ensure a safe and smooth transaction.
Such brokers are in the minority, so little wonder that the public stereotypes us as having a less prestigious occupation than a farmer, accountant or stockbroker.
We’ve made our bed, and it’s high time we changed the sheets.
Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker
Senior Vice President
Charles Rutenberg Realty
127 E. 56th Street
New York, NY 10022