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Deep Stewardship: The Intrinsic Rhythm of Asheville's Land as Felt in the Practice of Real Estate- This is ethics at the deepest level

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 acreage for sale in Asheville NCsense 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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Comments

I'm smiling. :) Good job with this one.
Posted by Stephanie Edwards-Musa, knitwit at thred UP (thredUP.com) over 10 years ago
By the way, did you want this to be part of the February Challenge? It would fit in...Stewardship.
Posted by Stephanie Edwards-Musa, knitwit at thred UP (thredUP.com) over 10 years ago
Simply beautiful!  This reminds me of the Arts and Crafts architiects like Frank Lloyd Wright who designed a home to blend in with and enhance the natural surroundings...in harmony with rather than changing the environment.
Posted by Diane Aurit, Lake Norman Real Estate (LKN Realty, LLC) over 10 years ago

janeAnne,  "forever intrinsic rhythm of the land." It sings to us

Beautiful phrase. I never thought of the land as singing, but of course it does, the harmony of creation abides there!
Posted by Ginger Sala, Wilmington NC Real Estate & Relocation~ (Wilkinson & Associates, Wilmington NC) over 10 years ago

Look beyond the apparent.                  

A prudent idea.

Presumptuousness can be very harmful indeed. .

Silence the internal dialog hear the land.

All else is insignificant.

John Thomas Narrin

 

Posted by John Narrin (ECO-Steward Realty) over 10 years ago

Hi janeAnne - your words as you write them about your area are like poetry in motion.......

beautiful!

Ann

Posted by Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent (RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine) over 10 years ago
Oh my gosh,  John has your poetry and writing skills.  Outstanding!
Posted by Stephanie Edwards-Musa, knitwit at thred UP (thredUP.com) over 10 years ago

Ok Dearhearts...if it is OK with you...may I combine your comments into a poem from the heart-of-land ?

 

We Can Hear the Land

They sat side-by-side, as we do now. . .

Designed a home to blend in with and enhance the natural surroundings..
One i
n harmony with the environment,
One where the harmony of creation abides ...
And the forever intrinsic rhythm of the land...yes...poetry in motion. . .

She said to him,

"Let us always look beyond the apparent."
   "A prudent idea,, " he replied.
" Presuming can be very harmful indeed. . .
Together we can silence that vacant internal dialog that plagues us,
We can hear the land!
All else is insignificant. "

~^~

 

Thank you to all who contribute so beautifully here. You all are so appreciated.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 10 years ago
jA, AAAAHHHH, what a sweet way to end my day. I will sleep sound in the rhythm of the night, ad wake to the beckoning song of the morning light.
Posted by Ginger Sala, Wilmington NC Real Estate & Relocation~ (Wilkinson & Associates, Wilmington NC) over 10 years ago
Beautiful....we do need to take care of the land.....balance and harmony, one.
Posted by Kathy McGraw, Riverside County CA Real Estate (CELLing Realty) over 10 years ago
What a nice pleasant post to find this evening. I hear ASheville is a very special place. The magic of nature is never far from us when we stop to notice and acknowledge it. Aloha to you.
Posted by Ronnie Margolis, Kauai Realtor - CDPE, ABR, RA - On Top of the Aloh (KW Kauai) over 10 years ago

Hey janeAnne - that's beautiful, and you are so talented..........

Ann

Posted by Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent (RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine) over 10 years ago

Stephanie, Diane, Ginger,John, Ann~

 Your comments bring to mind the real meaning of possibility for all concerned and ETHICS, at its deepest level. When real estate professionals  operate from this level of caring, it feels to me, we are graced with happy clients and prosperity. There is nothing stingy about the way this unfolds, then.

 

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 10 years ago

Kathy~ 

I appreciate your sentiment and your comment. Taking good care/stewardshipof home and land and neighbors feels to me just to make "good sense"   and there is the space ..out of the brambles...to listen without the need to be "right" or "wrong"...but just to be together and learn from one another'...one of the opportunities most appealing to me at Active Rain.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 10 years ago

Ronnie~

So nice to hear from you. You commented, " ...the magic of nature is never far from us when we stop to notice and acknowledge it..."   How true,. How true!

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 10 years ago

As one grows comfortable with their surroundings
A simple truth is found
The fact that there are no permanent owners
Only temporary caretakers
Nurturing souls upon this ground

We share the legacy of our ancestors
As we leave our own to our progeny
Our footprints remain, our decisions provoking future ones
The ownership of land entails more
Than a simple commodity

Posted by Kent Simpson, Real Estate Is About People (Realty One Group Mountain Desert) over 10 years ago

Hey janeAnne - I see it's turned to winter in green Asheville!  I hope your head is nice and warm now with your lovely green winter hat pulled down tight!!

;-)   Ann

Posted by Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent (RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine) over 10 years ago
I like the photo....B & W with the green hat :)
Posted by Kathy McGraw, Riverside County CA Real Estate (CELLing Realty) over 10 years ago
janeAnne, this was such a beautiful post.  I love the way you wove care for the earth into caring for ourselves and our neighbor/friend/associate.  It is all intertwined.  Thank you. Very refreshing...
Posted by Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home! (Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate) over 10 years ago
Hi janeAnne, I love the emoticon...I have never seen that one before!  Great post, too.  Cheers, Harley
Posted by Harley Ramsey, Chatsworth, CA Real Estate (Keller Williams) over 10 years ago

Hi janeAnne - I thought this post was great the way you wove consumer and ethics together.  I included this in this week's Week in Review!

Ann

Posted by Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent (RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine) over 10 years ago

Just want to say hello from Waynesville/Maggie Valley.  Enjoyed your post very much... thank you!


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