Please wait as we prepare your PDF file ....

Mission Chronicle Blog

Search Blog

our goal is to help you stay informed by providing timely and interesting articles.

Canadian Realtor under fire over Christmas card

12/26/2018

Download PDF

Many real estate agents send holiday cards to clients. But this year, one Canadian Realtor has raised a commotion online after critics took offense at his Christmas card’s depiction of his wife and three daughters with their mouths duct-taped shut while he held a “peace on Earth” sign.

Realtor Dwight Streu, based in Edmonton, Alberta, with Realty Executives Encore, is on the receiving end of a blast of criticism that his card to clients joking about the women in his life talking too much. Some women found the card’s depiction of women as needing to be silenced as inappropriate and sexist, especially in the wake of the recent global #MeToo movement of women speaking up against harassment and historic discrimination.

“As a society, we’re having such public conversations about #MeToo and gender based violence and gender equality, and for a local businessperson to think that this would be a good idea to send it to his clients is just beyond me,” Paula Kirman, an organizer with women’s rights advocacy group March on Edmonton, told Huffington Post Canada. Kirman also posted an image of the card in question on her Facebook.

Dwight Streu and his wife Roxanne provided the following statement to Inman about the card controversy:

“Our family has been mailing out Christmas cards since our daughters were little. This years card was a regrettable choice. It was never intended to go online and was meant to be seen by people who know us as a close fun loving family who were only intending to poke fun at themselves. Had we known the card had the potential to hurt or offend even 1 person we never would have done it and we are deeply sorry to anyone hurt or offended by our card. We are saddened to think that our Christmas card has caused so much controversy and division at at time of year that is special to so many families including ours. We have been overwhelmed with emails, messages and phone calls of support and encouragement from friends and strangers alike including Realtors both local and across Canada.”

What the luxury customer will demand in 2019 Prepare for the coming year in real estate with these tips from leading experts READ MORE

What do you think of the card? Sound off in our anonymous poll:

webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen

Although Streu’s daughter later took responsibility for the photo idea, telling a local CityNews reporter that it was based on a family joke, Kirman said that her apparent internalization of the problematic message was still concerning. The card found attention through online comment sections and felt the heat from angry readers.

The flare-up comes as the real estate industry — much like many other professions around the country — grapples with how to handle historic discrimination against women, especially in leadership roles.

Email Inman

Source: click here

Read More

INSPIRED, INTELLIGENT, INSIGHTFULL

STAY INFORMED WITH TIMELY AND INTERESTING ARTICLES FROM OUR BLOG, MISSION CHRONICLE. OUR ASPIRATION IS TO PROVIDE REALTORS AND OTHER REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS WITH EXCEPTIONAL RESOURCES AND SHARE OUR KNOWLEDGE TO PROPEL YOU TO YOUR GOALS.

  • New to real estate? Make these 8 things your first-year’s mission

    What does a new agent need to do regularly to succeed, grow and be profitable in their business and ...

  • WATCH: Building the broker-vendor relationship

    In this sponsored panel, Climb Real Estate’s Chris Lim, realtor.com’s Suzanne Mueller, C...

  • WATCH: Executing a winning in-house tech strategy

    Get an inside look from Porchlight’s Amy Bayer, Realty Austin’s Jonathan Boatwright...

  • WATCH: Top team problem-solving

    Got team problems? These panelists will solve ’em. Listen in as top-producing team leads give ...

  • WATCH: The new tech that’s changing the game

    Hear how the automotive industry has evolved and if we can expect the same for the real estate indus...

  • 4 questions with real estate’s newest humor author

    In this Q&A, Eric Simon shares the behind-the-scenes of his new book “Commission: Impossi...

  • The Real Word: Is college the biggest racket in America?

    Watch Byron Lazine and Nicole White give a real estate agent’s perspective on industry-related top...

  • 3 ways to increase your ROI on internet leads

    After managing pending contracts and active listings, going to appointments and putting out fires, w...

  • Why you should track every buyer who walks through the door

    If you’re not keeping track of every buyer who walks through the door of your listing for an open ...

  • WATCH: What are platforms, and why should you care?

    Are broker platforms augmenting or replacing existing MLS platforms? What is the impact to industry...

March 2019
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
« Feb    
 123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031

  • Polls

    What information you are looking for?

    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...
  • Last month Results

    How Is My Site?

    • Good (100%, 3 Votes)
    • Excellent (0%, 0 Votes)
    • Bad (0%, 0 Votes)
    • Can Be Improved (0%, 0 Votes)
    • No Comments (0%, 0 Votes)

    Total Voters: 3

    Vote

    Loading ... Loading ...