As I’m scrolling through my twitter feed yesterday I stumbled across this article from the Province “Top-selling Vancouver Realtor’s license cancelled after allegedly doing business while under suspension.” It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that Realtors have a very negative reputation amongst the public. For me it might be one of the hardest things to deal with in this profession. Knowing that you’re under scrutiny from the general public every time you tell people what you do for a living. Each time you introduce yourself you know their initial reaction is to think lower of you and that hurts.
Unfortunately it comes from stories like this. Where a top selling Vancouver Realtor screws over his buyer by being dishonest just to earn a commission cheque. It’s scary knowing he (Lester Lin) was a top producer, it makes you wonder how many other clients he may have cheated? Because of his actions the entire industry gets painted with the same brush. Perhaps it’s deserved, I’m not convinced the council is doing enough to enhance our image. Nothing is more important than reputation, as Warren Buffet once said, “If you cost me money I will forgive you. If you cost me my reputation I will be ruthless.” Unfortunately some Realtors have it backwards. Best of luck in your future endeavours Mr. Lester Lin, your actions will stick with you for life. Nothing is more important than reputation, now excuse me while I get back to trying to repair it.