In the practice of real estate in Asheville, North Carolina, one gets to enjoy long drum rolls, loud and lengthy drum rolls- for human ingenuity. This unique ability to blend common sense with "sixth sense" means many real estate professionals and their clients know how to find our way to deep stewardship.
For me, deep stewardship is the very music of a life lived in balance. Comprised of vibrant sounds and pauses, the subtleties, it requires a lot from me in the way of participation. I must know my parameters, do the ground work, look at facts, and energetically gather data.
And never, never may I ignore what lies beyond the apparent.
Here in our bioregion, where the streams vocalize their way down the mountainsides, and valleys quietly promise abundant harvests, life is generous.
It is not so difficult to gather facts when there is time, and there is food, and there is a spirit of community. You and I can afford to look around us. We can see large acreages with great potential. We can collect facts via surveys, plat maps, aerials, and what they're saying down at City Hall. We can calculate "value" by gathering data. But never, never can we ignore the sometimes subtle, yet forever intrinsic rhythm of the land.
It sings out to us. That song creates insights. Insights teach us how to harmonize practice and possibility -the all-inclusive (both, all, and side-by-side) positive momentum of life....ethics at the deepest level.
Yesterday I talked about that deep level of ethics from the "living green" perspective:
1) BE humane- from the inside-out. Call your neighbors and talk before you make judgments.
2) Only then, take considered action.
3) Discipline yourself with diet, exercise, and humor.
4) Enhance compassion for all living things.
5) Reduce your impact on what's around you.
6) Engage in a sustainable lifestyle.
7) Make eco-wise choices.
8) Honor nature's cycles.
9) Think about quality of life. Do NOT compromise it for your grandkids.
10) Adopt a philosophy of deep stewardship.
Today, I am looking at this deep level of ethics from the perspective of the real estate professional and our Code of Ethics where the first two items..1) BE humane- from the inside-out. Call your neighbors and talk before you make judgments....and 2)Only then, take considered action...so often come into play.
Take for example Article 12 Standards of Practice. 12-8 says we have an" obligation to present a true picture in representations to the public...and this includes..." information presented" on our web sites. Your web site may be independent of Active Rain, or you may be using your place at Active Rain as your main outreach to the public. In any case, 12-8 says that you and I need to use " reasonable efforts" to make sure that information is "current."
Just the other day, I ran into a case where individuals were surfing their colleagues web sites/BLOGS, (as we are inclined to do,) and they found a 12-8 situation at hand; several sites were not current! Maybe they had been abandoned? Maybe there was an illness? They didn't know. Deep level of ethics prompted a neighborly nudge to those involved. I heard that gratefully, they received this information so that they could "promptly take corrective action."
One of the individuals told me that this way, real estate professionals, our clients and the general public all are favored. And I so agreed. I'd be interested to know what you think ...
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