The IREM Code of Ethics Was My Road Map to Success

We all join organizations to become part of something meaningful. For me it was IREM; to be a member of a group of highly ethical professional property managers.

In 1999 when I opened my business with one client, I was a little fish in a big pond and initially found it hard to grow. But that all changed when I became a CPM Candidate the following year. I was able to list on my resume that as a Candidate and future CPM, adherence to the IREM Code of Ethics put me on a different playing field than my competition.

I encountered my first ethical dilemma in 2000, when I received a call from a vendor bidding a very lucrative account. He told me that he also owned a limo company and I would have use of his fleet any time I wanted if he won the contract. Our code does not allow a CPM to benefit from client contracts. Needless to say, I continue to rack up many miles on my personal vehicle every year, and that vendor was never heard from again.

Today, 16 years later and 41 accounts strong, I can proudly say that the IREM Code not only molded me but helped make my company a successful AMO firm.

About the Author
Dawn Carpenter has been a Licensed Real Estate Professional since 1988, CPM since 2002, and is owner/broker of Dawning Real Estate, Inc. AMO®. She is also serving on the 2015 Chair IREM Ethics Committee, and is the 2015 Secretary/Treasurer of the New York State Association of REALTORS®.

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