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They've Got Soul

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Regarding the "We lost the war" letter to the editor in the June 30 issue commenting on the "The Curious Case of Parcel 106-101-054," the author writes, "The only folks looking forward to the green rush are realtors. We know how soulless most of them are. They don't give a damn about anything but their fees and commissions."

Concerning realtors, this is a professional entity which operates (enforced by-laws) with a high level of fidelity with a legally enforced fiduciary duty. Discriminating according to race, religion or occupation is not tolerated. Fiduciary duty means putting the clients' objectives ahead of yours. It is a very competitive business and not all thrive in the long term. The vast majority, if not all of the real estate professionals, operate with high ethics in Humboldt County because the Humboldt Association of Realtors monitors members and they take it very seriously. If you mess up, the association will revoke your license. They also, through Realtors, have donated more than $1 million to local charities and scholarships since inception. This group has shown a high level of love and soul in our communities. It has been an honor to work with a group of professionals sharing the lofty ideals the association espouses.

Your concerns on inflated home prices due to the "green rush" are understood, we do need affordable housing. We need to protect the small farmer from the mega corporations. Hopefully you and many others will find jobs in the green rush and buy a fixer and put some sweat equity into it. Be diligent and disciplined and you can do it. When renting, you do avoid losing money if the home market drops. It is a long-term investment and there are many that owe more than their home is worth. Lobby for affordable housing and code changes that would allow for a denser small home affordable subdivision.

Don't give up on the dream of owning a home.

Dave Raney, Willow Creek


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