August 8th - 2012

Letter to the editor

I really liked the article, “Keep clothing professional” that appeared in REALTOR® EDGE’s June issue. I’d like to add a couple of points:

I really liked the article, “Keep clothing professional” that appeared in REALTOR® EDGE’s June issue. I’d like to add a couple of points:

Identification – While working, all salespeople and brokers should wear their REALTOR® pins and nametags to clearly identify us as professional registrants. We should also carry our wallet-sized RECO registration certificate on us at all times. When viewing a property, we should also present a business card, preferably with an updated picture, as a courtesy to the seller. If the sellers are out, leave your card so they know you were there and kept the appointment.

Scents and hygiene – Avoid wearing cologne or perfume and use scent-free soap and deodorant, since many people are adversely affected by strong scents. Also make sure to use mouthwash or toothpaste and check that your clothing does not smell. 

Vehicle – If you drive people to showings, keep your vehicle clean inside and out and make sure there are no leftover smells from fast food, hockey equipment or pets. Keep hand wipes, a map, street guide, flashlight, tape measure and car safety kit in your vehicle, especially in winter. Have another kit in the car for all OREA and board forms and pamphlets, including brokerage clauses. Most important, ensure you have the correct type of auto insurance to protect your clients.

Eric McCartney, Real estate broker, Aurora, Ontario 

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