The Realtor Pledge, Code of Ethics and the Golden Rule.
Did you know the Golden Rule was in the Realtor Pledge?
The simple concepts expressed in this document just plain make good ethical sense on every point!
I AM A REALTOR®
I Pledge Myself...
- To protect the individual right of real estate ownership and widen the opportunity to enjoy it;
- To be honorable and honest in all dealings;
- To seek better to represent my clients by building my knowledge and competence;
- To act fairly towards all in the spirit of the Golden Rule;
- To serve well my community, and through it my country;
- To observe the REALTORS® Code of Ethics and conform my conduct to its lofty ideals.
The Golden Rule is embraced by almost every faith group, world wide in differeing ways, however the meaning is the same. "Treat others they way you would want to be treated."
I currently live in the State of Arizona and I am proud to say that we are a "Golden Rule State." The senate passed a Resolution in May of 2003 declaring the State of Arizona a Golden Rule State.
The State of Arizona sells Golden Rule License plates. Part of the funds from the license plate sales go to educate the community about the Golden Rule. There is a beautiful video going at the movies in Flagstaff, Arizona about living the Golden Rule with children from all over the world talking about their culture and the Golden Rule.
The city of Flagstaff, Arizona passed a resolution making Flagstaff a Golden Rule City in the Golden Rule State of Arizona in November of 2008.
The Realtor Pledge incorporates the Golden Rule and so does the Code of Ethics shouing the value placed on this ethical behavior.
Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice
of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS ®
Duties to Clients and Customers
Duties to the Public
Duties to REALTORS®
Where the word REALTORS® is used in this Code and Preamble, it shall be deemed to include REALTOR-ASSOCIATE®s.
While the Code of Ethics establishes obligations that may be higher than those mandated by law, in any instance where the Code of Ethics and the law conflict, the obligations of the law must take precedence.
Under all is the land. Upon its wise utilization and widely allocated ownership depend the survival and growth of 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...........
In the interpretation of this obligation, REALTORS® can take no safer guide than that which has been handed down through the centuries, embodied in the Golden Rule, "Whatsoever ye would that others should do to you, do ye even so to them."
Accepting this standard as their own, REALTORS® pledge to observe its spirit in all of their activities whether conducted personally, through associates or others, or via technological means, and to conduct their business in accordance with the tenets set forth below. (Amended 1/07)
In this time of economic change there seems to be an opportunity to help live the Golden Rule.
A friend of mine recently moved from Tuscon, Arizona to Ft. Myers, Florida and she is there helping the homeless and the women veterans from Iraq with a group called Sisters of Service. She is also helping the community with a Golden Rule website www.GoldenRuleFtMyers.com This website is the 21st century way of helping mankind. Anyone interested in READING about the needs of the Ft. Myers, Florida community can subscribe by being a "helper" to get a weekly e-mail list of needs that have been gathered throughout the week. After reading the list of needs and deciding the "helper" can offer assistance, the helper contacts the coordinator via e-mail and sets a time to connect. Some of the needs which have been filled in the past were requests for: crutches, shower curtains, bike lights, tents, computers, furniture and the list goes on with very easy needs to fill. A "Helper" may have the items needed by an individual in their garage, basement or spare room so helping someone can be as easy as reading an e-mail and responding.
Living the Golden Rule in 2010 is easy by helping when you can with small steps of kindness.
If you are in the Ft. Myers, Florida area and are willing to help with the Golden Rule project you can e-mail and let the group coordinator know! There are also beta test programs in Colorado, Arizona and Hawaii if you would like to help or get information about setting up a Golden Rule program in your area.
As the new year gets underway and the planning for helping others unfolds it is great to remember the Golden Rule and the ethic of Reciprocity in all actions. The CRS twitter page @crsconnect had a great link to Golden Rule actions in Social Media.
Revisiting 10 Golden Rules of Social media
Make 2010 the year of living the Golden Rule who knows, it could help with world peace!