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Trust can be blown away in seconds!

Trust can be blown away in seconds! One of the things I value most in my life is my integrity, I have been accused of being stupid when asked questions where I give an honest answer, but to me it is all about protecting my integrity. I would rather be considered stupid but honest and therefore trustworthy, than smart but shifty.

I value this same quality in others, there are some people when you meet them you just feel straight away that you cannot trust a word they say, or anything they do, sometimes their body language belies the words coming out of their mouths, sometimes their words are just unbelievable.

Who do we choose to do business with, but those we know and trust. Be it a Doctor, a car salesman or mechanic, or even a Realtor. I often will say to clients we are on the same team, if you don't feel you can trust me then you need to find another Realtor whom you feel you can trust because you are going to reveal things that you are trusting me to hold in confidentiality for the rest of my life, be it your social security number, your date of birth, your situation, etc. So you really need to have a high level of trust in me not just to do my job but to abide by the code of ethics that my membership in the National Association of Realtors calls me to uphold. 

It is always easy to be honest, but it is equally easy to be dis-honest, trust can be blown away in seconds when you have taken months if not years building it. It really is a matter of choice whether you want to be considered as someone trustworthy or if you will put your interests ahead of those you serve as their agent. If being trust-worthy is one of your core values it really is not difficult to give honest answers to even the toughest question even if you lose a sale and you sleep better at night as well.


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Comment balloon 8 commentsNick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 • January 05 2012 11:38AM


Hello, I saw this post on a reblog by Christa Lombardi. Our integerity is so important in our work and our personal life. Honesty is the best policy and I like to sleep at night.:) Have a great day

Posted by Malinda Montgomery RSPS AHWD-Realtor (Adams Cameron & Company) over 7 years ago

Thanks for the comment Malinda and have a good nights rest.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) over 7 years ago

Good points!  Trust is built over time and it takes just seconds of dishonesty to blow it all away.

Posted by David Artigliere, ARTI Home Inspections, ASHI Certified Home Inspect (Reading, Pottstown, Norristown, Philadelphia) over 7 years ago

Nick and Trudy - I have to disagree with a small point in your blog...

It seems to me that you value your integrity and therefore would be trustworthy with or without the Code of Ethics.

I know plenty of people who give it lip service - and they are people around whom I always watch my back.

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) over 7 years ago

Thanks David, so true, where trusdt is concerned you can never let your guard down, because as you confirm, just a few seconds can blow it away.

Marte, I agree there are people who pay it lip service, but generally you soon realize who those people are, and their reputation is soon known to all.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) over 7 years ago

Hi Nick & Trudy - Sadly I have not found it to be the case that cream rises and slime sinks.  We have plenty of very successful top producers that I would not trust as far as I can throw a piano. 

Posted by Ruthmarie Hicks (Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605) over 7 years ago

Ruthmarie, I tyhought about that when I was writing this post, and agree, that sometimes people do seem to survive when everyone knows thier ethical level is lower than others, but then we have to consider that the code of ethics does allow us to bring a complaint when we feel or know of a fault. We just have to bring the complaint and get it out there. If enough people in the area did that, then eventually the person would learn that their way of doing things did not work.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) over 7 years ago

Hi Nick & Trudy,


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Posted by Beth Bourg, Adobe EchoSign (Adobe EchoSign) over 7 years ago

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