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Advice for the Rookie Realtor

Beware of brokers giving 'lip service' to ethics

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Re: 'Rookie Realtor says no ethics in real estate' (March 29) Dear Rookie, I agree with Rookie. I have been in the business for 15 years and I would say it has been the last couple of years that it has become worse as far as ethics are concerned. The brokers give it lip service but rarely act on unethical agents because at the end of the day it boils down to cash flow, and if your unethical agent is a top producer the broker magically looks the other way. It is like this in any business. You have to suck it up and slug it out to get the business–that is reality. If the brokers, the MLS and NAR really made it a focus and acted upon the "Golden Rules," it would be shocking how many agents would be fined, suspended or lost their license. Matt Stapleton Windermere Real Estate Bellevue, Wash. Dear Rookie, You are right. There are too many agents that really need to be slapped the way they do business. Most agents probably have not even read the first paragraph of the Code of...