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Trust in Real Estate: Who Do YOU Trust?

I had a bad experience last year - I won't go into details, but I took a great job with a respected company, but the executive leaders were rotten and myself and a few others quit because of it. You know the drill - when you work for people you can't trust, it's only a matter of time. It hurt to leave, but staying would have been worse, and it gave me a lot to ponder.

"Who can I trust?"....that's the question, isn't it? In corporate America, it's a tough question to answer - and in Real Estate, it's even harder. The problem is that the industry has so much independence, and such a focus on production, that "bad apples" can easily sneak in & set up shop without anybody noticing.

I trust Jesse Gonzalez, the founder/administrator of the REO Pro Agent Network. Jesse's been a great friend over the last few years, and he's always been straightforward with me - even when it's not in his best interest. He's honest, and that's a rare thing. I do volunteer work for him every now and then - not because it does anything for me, but because he's a good person trying to make a difference for agents, and that means something.

Another person I trust is Tim Harris, of Harris Real Estate University. I did some work for him last year - before I took the "great corporate job" - and found him to be friendly, honest, and having true integrity. A year later, that hadn't changed, so I started doing volunteer work for him, and it led to a role at the University.

Trust matters in life, and we all value it more now because I think we've all been burned. Between "fix & flip" schemes, mortgage-backed securities scandals, and "hot new lead-gen" packages, we've probably all put ourselves into one idea or another that failed miserably, and usually involved somebody selling us a dream that simply wasn't true.

Let's face it: the last few years have been tough for real estate - for agents and the entire industry in general. Sometimes it's been a tooth & nail struggle just to pay the bills, but somehow we've survived, and we're stronger, wiser people for it. If all that pain & struggle had some purpose to it, though, let's hope that it was to make us wiser people, and part of that wisdom is knowing who to trust - and who not to.

Now it's your turn: who do you trust? Who are some of the people in your life who've made a difference, kept their word, and been honest with you even when it might not be in their best interest? Integrity matters, and I think it's more important to give credit to the people who have it than it is to complain about the folks who might not...




Tim Ventura
Marketing Director
Harris Real Estate University
Real Estate Insider News


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