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How many times have we read a story in the newspaper about some type of con artist? Some guy, or gal, goes out and purposely rips off old people. They get the old person to pony up their entire life savings in order to help the world or save an animal or whatever. The con artist always ends up getting away without a trace, but the it ends up that they are wanted for doing the same thing all over the place. They simply keep doing the tricks of the trade wherever they can, until they get caught, and then they move on. The old adage about changing their stripes always holds true.

Most of us get really outraged when we read about con artists. Just the fact that they rip people off is enough to get our blood pumping, but we all hate to be lied to. Someone who tells lies is considered untrustworthy. Even though the con artist may consider themselves an upstanding person in other areas of their life, there is still the fact that they are a con artist. They practice to decieve, and that makes them, in total, a non-trustworty person. Are they telling lies again, or are they being truthful this time? We never know.

In the business world, we are always hearing about people who hold themselves out as something that they are not. Here on AR, we are all in the real estate, building, or related businesses. Most of us are not only licensed by our states, but are also regulated by a state board which makes us promise to be ethical. Just that little ditty means always telling the truth in our dealings with clients and other business colleagues.

Lately I have seen an increase in unethical behavior in both the construction and real estate fields. Lots of people telling lies in order to make a buck. Folks acting like they are something that they most certainly are not.

Lets be careful out there. Take a look a who you are dealing with! Do not be afraid to investigate potential lies. It is your responsibility.



Kevin Robinson is a building consultant. He is formally educated in general residential construction as well as "schooled" on the job. Formerly licensed as a general contractor in the State of Idaho, he currently shows potential owner builders how they can save thousands managing it themselves.  He has written guest articles for a few construction type  magazines and also publishes his own small newsletter for owner builders. Email Kevin at


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Comment balloon 7 commentsKevin Robinson • October 25 2009 09:45AM


I'm on our local grievance committee at the board of Realtors.  It's unbelieveable some of the crap that people with real estate licenses are pulling on people.  Geez!

Posted by Rob Arnold, Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F (Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Kevin this is so true and there seems to be no end in sight. It's not just done to old people, but to anyone who is unaware and trusting. My husband is a contractor and we see it here everyday. A two - three hour job becomes an all day job. It's a shame.

Posted by Suesan Jenifer Therriault, "Inspecting every purchase as if it were my own". (JTHIS-Professional Home Inspection Team) over 9 years ago

I am on the professional standards committee at our board and am just amazed at the things some ppl do!

Posted by Karen Singbeil, Living In & Selling Shuswap : Sicamous | Mara Lake (Royal LePage Access Real Estate | Associate Broker | Personal Real Estate Corporation) over 9 years ago

Kevin - It's a reflection on the direction society has been taking, and it extends from the guy robbing the convenience store to Wall Street. I think it stems from the "I want it now." mentality.

Posted by John Mulkey, Housing Guru ( over 9 years ago

I'm considering whether to file an ethics complaint or a lawsuit against a real estate agent who is selling a piece of property that I manage. She has ignored my relationship with the property owner AND has failed to perform per the instructions of our mutual client!

I have advised her how the tenant documents AND security deposit must be handled in escrow and she has ignored our instructions.

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) over 9 years ago

Kevin - Good advice, I hope the seniors read this and do their utmost to investigate and read before they sign anything. Doesn't that sound so famaliar?

Posted by Broker Nick, Broker Nick Relocation Broker Service (South Florida Real Estate & Development, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Kevin,  I've heard some doozy stories out of my Board.  I've also heard some outrageous stuff out of other Realtors that leaves me talking to myself.  My license is too valuable to risk on a fast buck. 

Posted by Bonnie Vaughan, CNE SFR - Buyers/Sellers - Lackawanna & Surroundin over 9 years ago