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Virginia Realtors slam Ted Truitt

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A Virginia Association of Realtors campaign, which calls attention to the Realtors' Code of Ethics, gives Ted Truitt a bad name. Truitt is a sort of ethical nightmare -- a real estate guru who celebrates questionable behavior and mocks the best practices. Decked out in a white suit, orange shirt and bad tie, Truitt offers a humorous, highly animated and totally interactive online training session in ethics at the Web site. The spoiler: He's a fictional character portrayed by an actor. While real estate professionals may have encountered Ted Truitt-like personalities in the industry, the intent here is to teach Realtors not to be a Ted. Real estate professionals do suffer from a very real image problem -- real estate brokers are regarded by the public as among the lowest-ranked in prestige, according to a Harris Interactive poll released in July 2006. The highest-ranked professions in the poll included firefighters, doctors, nurses, scientists, teachers and military office...