In these days of terrible political division and incivility, I am struck by the deep patriotism that can be found in … get this … the preamble to the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the National Association of Realtors.
It says this:
Under all is the land. Upon its wise utilization and widely allocated ownership depend the survival and growth of the free institutions and of our civilization. Realtors should recognize that the interests of the nation and its citizens require the highest and best use of the land and the widest distribution of land ownership. They require the creation of adequate housing, the building of functioning cities, the development of productive industries and farms, and the preservation of a healthful environment.
Such interests impose obligations beyond those of ordinary commerce. They impose grave social responsibility and a patriotic duty to which Realtors should dedicate themselves, and for which they should be diligent in preparing themselves. Realtors, therefore, are zealous to maintain and improve the standards of their calling and share with their fellow Realtors a common responsibility for its integrity and honor.
As with any industry, there are some negative stereotypes about real estate agents. (Okay, maybe we have more than our fair share!) We’re sharky. We’re only in it for the money. Then there’s Glengarry Glen Ross [shudder].
But that preamble, above, is the basis of my industry, and presupposes that land ownership is of paramount importance to “free institutions” and even “our civilization.”
On Independence Day, as we consider the principles on which the United States of America is built, I think about the pervasive American Dream of home ownership. And I think, it’s pretty cool to know that the above Preamble serves as the foundation for what Realtors are all about. I’m happy to be in this business again.