Speed Dating & the REALTOR Code of Ethics

From Wikipedia: Speed dating

“is a formalized matchmaking process or dating system whose purpose is to encourage people to meet a large number of new people.

In practice folks are rotated to meet each other over a series of short ‘dates’, usually lasting from three to eight minutes depending on the organization running the event. At the end of each interval, the organizer rings a bell or clinks a glass to signal the participants to move on to the next date.”

On the day one of our first retreat, the 2007 class of Virginia REALTOR Leadership Academy speed dated. Our directions, as I recall, were to ask a real estate related question that would be a good conversation starter. I totally failed on my very first speed date.

My question was, “What would you do if NAR, VAR or your local association decided today to do away with the Code of Ethics?” Should spark lots of great conversation – right?

First Response: “I’d quit.” PERIOD – end of discussion.

WOW – great answer! That’s the REALTOR I want to work with – that’s the REALTOR I strive to be.

What’s your answer?

Related Links:
2008 Code of Ethics
The Code is Good Business
The Code in Straight Talk

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One Response to Speed Dating & the REALTOR Code of Ethics

  1. Ethical people don’t need their ethics to be codified. The Code of Ethics exists not for the ethical, but for the unethical; in the same way that laws exist not for the law-abiding, but for the law-breaking.

    As James Madison said, “if men were angels, no government would be necessary.”

    Would I quit if the Code of Ethics were abolished? No. One thing that abolishing the COE would do is reveal the truly ethical.

    The question to be asked is, “If the COE was abolished, would your practice of real estate change?” That is the answer that really matters.

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