3 reasons why ethical leadership important for REALTORS®

Trainer Bruce Aydt uses his experience as a REALTOR® and a lawyer to connect with his students.

Trainer Bruce Aydt shared a day’s worth of lessons about the importance of ethical leadership with members of the 2017 Leadership Development Program at the Illinois REALTORS® offices Wednesday.

Near the end of the day, he offered three insights any Illinois REALTORS® could take to heart about ethical decision making:

  1. “Ethical choices in leadership roles go well beyond the (REALTOR®) Code of Ethics,”
  2. “Leaders face ethical choices in virtually every part of their leadership role,” and
  3. “Leadership roles — like building consensus — revolve around building ethical principles.”

Participants in the Illinois REALTORS® Leadership Program meet periodically for training that could help them assume leadership positions on the state and national level. The 2017 class, which met for two days in Springfield this week, took part in today’s session, titled: “Ethical Business Decisions.”  Aydt’s includes:

  • Ayn Bartok, All in One Real Estate Company (Egyptian Board of REALTORS®);
  • Michael Gobber, Real Living Gobber Real Estate (Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®);
  • Terri Jeffries, United Real Estate-Chicago (Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®);
  • Becky Kirchner, RE/MAX Plaza (Heartland REALTOR® Organization);
  • Eric Porter, RE/MAX Realty Associates (Champaign County Association of REALTORS®);
  • Debbie Prodehl, Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group (Three Rivers Association of REALTORS®);
  • Timothy Ryan, Real People Realty, Inc., (Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®);
  • Michael Simpson, Lifestyles Real Estate Inc. (REALTOR® Association of the Fox Valley);
  • Dena Turner, Century 21 Tucker-Swanson (Capital Area REALTORS®);
  • Andy Velkme, Caton Commercial Real Estate Group (Northern Illinois Commercial Association of REALTORS®);
  • Jim Waller, Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group (Champaign County Association of REALTORS®); and
  • Joyce Zelazik, Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group (Three Rivers Association of REALTORS®).

Third Pro Standards Video gives 3 reasons why mediation tops arbitration

In many instances, mediation helps preserve the unique dynamic of cooperation between REALTORS® who are also in competition with each other, says REALTOR®/Trainer Diane Disbrow, GRI, CRS, ABR.

In “Professional Standards Toolkit 3 – The advantages of mediation,” Disbrow says mediations are better than arbitration because they promote communication between real estate agents and help both parties work better together in the future. Sometimes, the discussions reveal surprises that make resolutions come about more easily – such as buyer disloyalty.

Compared to arbitration hearings, mediations are:

  • Quicker,
  • Less formal and
  • Help restore the relationship between REALTORS®.

See all three videos in the Professional Standards Toolkit series.

Members-only video helps REALTORS® avoid social media mistakes

REALTORS® must properly identify their real estate business on Facebook, Twitter and other social media, according to the Illinois REALTORS® Professional Standards Toolkit Video, “Article 12 Compliance,” featuring President-elect Matt Difanis.

“REALTORS® must – in a readily apparent manner, not in the fine print – identify the full name of their firm, in all advertising, all marketing, in any medium,” says Difanis, speaking about Article 12 Compliance. “Some of the most frequent violations occur in social media context.” See the video.

Facebook tends to give users plenty of room to include the full name of the business, while Twitter can present challenges because of the 140-character limit per tweet. While the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) has amended Article 12-5 to allow members to link to required information, Difanis says Illinois License Law has not changed, so those who use such a link for tweets may still be technically violating the law.

Pro Standards Toolkit video explains difference between arbitration and mediation

When it comes to resolving disputes between REALTORS®, would you rather use arbitration or mediation?

In the first members-only Professional Standards Toolkit video, “Arbitration vs. Mediation,” REALTOR® and trainer Diane Disbrow, GRI, CRS, ABR, compares the two options, explaining who makes the final decisions in each scenario, the financial costs, the time needed and the after-effects of the decisions.

REALTORS® — Find out what’s right for you. See the video now.

RPAC fundraising kicks off at Professional Standards Workshops

(l to r) Doug Carpenter and Mike Drews reveal the winning name in the RPAC Raffle at the Pro Standards Workshop Tuesday.

RPAC raffles at the Illinois REALTORS® Professional Standards Workshops raised nearly $11,000.

Last year, our REALTOR® PAC helped elect pro-REALTOR®, pro-business candidates to public office, stopped efforts to expand sales tax to professional services and advertising as well as efforts to expand home rule in several communities.

In the year ahead, we will fight to protect the mortgage interest deduction and vigorously oppose potential changes to the standard deduction and the elimination of most individual deductions, which would eliminate the tax advantages of homeownership.

Jessica Devore of Green Acres Real Estate in Clinton and REALTOR® Judy Panozzo of Real People Realty, Inc., in Mokena won RPAC Raffles Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. Local Governmental Affairs Director and Member Outreach Manager Gideon Blustein received help from the following volunteers at the workshops: REALTORS® Jayme Ahlden, Karen Barbagallo, Doug Carpenter, Mike Drews, Mike Gross, Jim Haisler, Carol Meinhart, Mike Oldenettel, Judy Panozzo, Matt Persicketti, Karen Robertson, Madelyn Staack and Steve Volkodav. Thanks to every REALTOR® who contributed to the raffles with their time and money.

(Disclaimer: The REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) solicits contributions from Illinois REALTORS® members only.)