Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Unwavering, Ever-Present Ethics

Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Unwavering, Ever-Present Ethics

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Whew! No matter what side of the political aisle you sit on, 2016 was a challenging year, replete with accusations of ethical missteps and dirty dealing from every political persuasion. If you Ye like me, you had some interesting conversations over holiday dinners. But whatever you thought, however you voted or whether you voted at all, this election cycle brought up a lot of issues for each of us to ponder, and we sometimes had hard choices to make based on those issues and our responses to them. For those of us holding IREM designations, the topic of ethics probably came to mind more than once.

IREM was founded for the purpose of setting standards for and encouraging ethical business practices in real estate management, and that foundation is part of the warp and woof of every class, every gathering and certainly every designation IREM provides. The IREM Code of Professional Ethics is a comprehensive standard and guide for members of our profession. Many of us include this code in our proposals to potential customers or attach it to our resumes when looking for a job. As members of IREM, we don't just discuss ethics, comment on ethics or tsk-tsk other people's ethics or lack thereof. No, we live ethics and practice it each business day, and I venture to say that those ethical practices bleed into our personal lives as well. It's a significant part of who we are, and it's why our designations are a source of meaning and pride in our professional and personal lives.

When we observe unethical behavior in another individual or corporate entity, our first responses are usually dismay and shocked surprise. …

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