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  • "HUD PROPOSES NEW RULE TO ENSURE EQUAL ACCESS TO HOUSING REGARDLESS OF SEXUAL ORIENTATION OR GENDER IDENTITY"

    This is an important step from HUD especially coming on the heels of the change in the Code of Ethics of the National Association of REALTORS Article 10 which added sexual orientation a protected class for all REALTORS.  HUD Secretary, Shaun Donovan declares, "it is a fundamental issue of fairness.  We have a responsibility to ...
    Posted to Sheila Bell (Weblog) by 615345 on January 27, 2011
  • Musings

    Having recently changed companies, I am in the process of examing the future (immediate, near, distant).  It occurs to me that I've been in somewhat of a fog for far too long and it's time to get off of my proverbial "butt".  There is so much to do, so little time in which to accomplish that which I intend.  ...
    Posted to Sheila Bell (Weblog) by 615345 on December 14, 2010
  • Realtors Amend Its Code of Ethics to Include Protection for the GLBT Community

    Is sexual orientation discrimination in housing legal? Maybe. By Lani Rosales on November 9, 2010 Can landlords legally deny renting to a gay couple because they’re gay? Can a Realtor refuse to negotiate on behalf of a transgendered woman because she’s transgendered? Can a builder jack up the price of ...
    Posted to Sheila Bell (Weblog) by 615345 on November 9, 2010
  • Listing Photos Reveal Photographic Trickery...?

    In reading the article on the following ad in a NY publication, I was struck by the dilemma Realtors sometimes encounter.  Is it in the best interest of their sellers to alter a photographic image to enhance the listing?  Or does dramatic alteration violate Article 12 of the Code of Ethics which states:  REALTORS® shall be ...
    Posted to Sheila Bell (Weblog) by 615345 on October 10, 2010
  • ACT NOW! Stop bullying!

    An Important Message from Ellen About Bullying - The Ellen DeGeneres Show Please open and read this important message from Ellen about the epidemic of bullying (and in too many cases, results in suicides) of our children! Please send letters to the editor of your local papers; contact school officials; contact public officials and anyone else ...
    Posted to Sheila Bell (Weblog) by 615345 on October 1, 2010
  • A Conversation with a Friend

    I had lunch with a good friend last week who owns a management consulting company.  As always, the conversation was insightful and useful.  We are both especially interested in customer relations management, so that was our primary topic. We compared stories and they were startling!  How about calling a purported sales professional ...
    Posted to Sheila Bell (Weblog) by 615345 on August 9, 2010
  • Use of the term 'Realtor' in a registered domain name is restricted by trademark.

    As a consumer, you should be aware that there is a trademark on the word "Realtor" and it is an important distinction for you.  As the client of a Realtor, you are assured that they are governed by a Code of Ethics.  IF for some unfortunate reason you need to complain about your treatment by your Realtor, you may contact the ...
    Posted to Sheila Bell (Weblog) by 615345 on July 21, 2010