As Washington realtors attempt to convince voters to fund more infrastructure they can overwhelm for big profits, the New York Times writes today that despite the mandatory ethics training Realtors receive, their image is less than stellar. Apparently a Harris poll was conducted last year that ranked occupations in terms of prestige, and real estate brokers came in at the very bottom of the list.
I think the bad image thing is overblown. If it were a situation with critical mass, we wouldn't see so many realtors in our area getting elected to public office. (I think maybe you get a special jacket and a campaign manager when you pass the broker test.) Perhaps when voters connect the dots and realize "if you build it they will come" they'll understand the disingenuousness of realtors who claim they'll make congestion better by enabling more drivers to move here.