The battle-weary real estate industry is fighting yet another skirmish on yet another front. Lea Jacobs reports.

The real estate industry has weathered a number of knocks over the years. However, recently, the knocks have become body blows and, generally speaking, the public’s opinion of the profession as a whole is not good. While we may all cry ‘you can’t tar the industry and agents with the same brush’, with all the negative press out there, agents should perhaps count themselves lucky that they are not being physically tarred and feathered at this stage. Are the perceptions fair? In some instances, certainly, but not in the majority of cases.