: If It's Sound Advice for the Seller...Shouldn't We Listen?

If It's Sound Advice for the Seller...Shouldn't We Listen?

If Austin's Alex Morris is right, Politics and Real Estate Don't Mix.  Homes for sale shouldn't have political signs, he reasons.  Well, what's good for the goose is good for the gander isn't it?

Should the REALTORS PAC be spending a more than $300,000 on TV advertising promoting the re election of Congressman John Adler from New Jersey's 3rd District (my District).  I don't have any problems with any candidate they chose to support.  It doesn't affect my vote in November.

But that's not the point.  Disclosure laws require all political ads to divulge who paid the bill...so that means at the end of Adler's political TV ads we get a 10 second disclaimer stating it was paid for by the REALTORS Political Action Committee (RPAC).  

We take our politics seriously here in New Jersey.  So with Adler in a close race with Republican Jon Runyan, who is the RPAC support helping?  I don't think it's New Jersey REALTORS®!  Back to the premise, real estate and politics don't mix.

Don't get me wrong, I like politics.  Believe it or not, I like direct mail...I've received several pieces from RPAC, extolling the virtues of the selected candidate.  But when you go on TV,  and announce to the world "REALTORS" support a particular candidate, you paint us all with the same brush and mix real estate with politics.

Rich Quigley, of Huntley,IL also has concerns about political endorsements, but for different reasons. 



Comment balloon 6 commentsLaura Giannotta • October 20 2010 05:40AM


applause applause Laura...I want to rip the cover off the front of the Realtor org magazine we just got that boasts "Realtors Support  X"....oh not.....I am one and I do not...I get it I get it....and I don't like it at all..

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) almost 10 years ago

Very interesting, Laura.  That's pretty tough that they are spending your money up there, then stamping it with your name.  I read the linked article, and you are exactly right.  It reads like every Realtor supports one candidate.  Yikes!

Posted by Alex Morris - Austin Real Estate Agent almost 10 years ago

Gregory - The point is not what candidate is supported, and I think if you re read the blog you'll understand that.  I like Congressman Adler, but if you wanted to endorse him, who should have done it on your own blog! :-}

Thanks Alex and Sally--You get it!

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) almost 10 years ago

Laura...funny that you would post this on the day after we received the MAR mailing telling us that  REALTOR[S] across Michigan endorse so & so [this case = two so & so's].  I totally despise being told for whom I should vote or not vote; I really don't like the fact that DUES are used to so do.  What make it more annoying is the FACT that this method when extended to TV ads does make the endorsers more important than the candidates & that REALTOR[S] will set the story straight.  No wonder some think that we are no better than the oft' abused-used-car-salesmen-image.

Barb & Sal
p.s. Our Home is on the market and this is the first year we have no political sign,  BUT that was due to the fact that the center has moved & we didn't get there.  It had nothing to do with our political stance,nor the listing of our Home.  Interesting. 

Posted by Barb & Sal Dragotta, Macomb County Michigan almost 10 years ago

Endorsements by groups like RPAC makes it look like the entire group is for a candidate.  A double edge sword if you ask me.   I don't support the candidate of many groups that I am affiliated with and don't want to appear to be.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) almost 10 years ago

Laura - Yes we get those RPAC thingy's as well... I too don't like to be put into a group ever no matter what the cause Just my two cents...

Posted by Robert Hammerstein, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Christie's International Real Estate ) almost 10 years ago