Tearing Eye

A Sad Day for Lance Armstrong and Ethics Everywhere

August 24, 2012

Late last night before I went to bed I heard the reports that Lance Armstrong was going to stop fighting his doping allegations and would be stripped of his seven Tour de France wins. It just made me really sad. If he did dope years ago, why didn’t they catch it then? If he wasn’t doping, why is he giving up the fight? What is wrong with the system that seems to come up with guilty verdicts so often that it causes a man who survived cancer to back away from the process? Or is doping so commonplace that this system is effectively finding offenders?

I have never worn a Livestrong arm band and I don’t really watch biking events. I have never really given much thought to Lance Armstrong at all. But as a cancer survivor myself, I guess I privately had some respect for him and wonder how they will re-write history. But this question of ethics is huge for me and it made me wake up quite a bit sadder this morning.

As a Realtor, I abide by a Code of Ethics that is available for all to see at the National Association of Realtors website. There are so many times when clients, customers and friends question the ethics of Real Estate Agents and I am proud to explain that we have a written code that we live by. Sometimes news that people receive is not what they want to hear, but it is often within the rules and once I explain the rules, most people understand how the system works.

If someone is a Realtor, pronounced “real-tor,” it means that he or she is a member of the organization called the National Association of Realtors (NAR). If you believe that a Realtor is not following the Code of Ethics, you have a right to take your complaint to the local Board of Realtors in your area and have your case reviewed.

Anyone who has worked with me, knows that I take my job very seriously. I fight hard for my clients and give them my honest opinions. Although I am legally allowed to do so, I refuse to work with a buyer and a seller in the same transaction. I have to know who I am representing because when I work with clients, I’m all in. 

I know that the home buying process is daunting for home buyers and selling your home can be stressful for sellers. You always have the right to ask how we know if the other agent is not lying about how many offers they have or if the other offer is really better than yours. You will always get straightforward answers from me. If you have any unanswered questions, feel free to give me a call on my cell phone at 202-271-5301. I’ll do my best to answer them for you.

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