Do Realtors have a Board of Ethics?

In response to a question from a reader last week –

“Do Realtors have a Board of Ethics?”

Yes. Yes we do.

All REALTORS® pledge to abide by the Code of Ethics of the National Association of REALTORS®. The Code sets forth a REALTOR’S® obligations to their clients and customers, to the members of the public and to one another.

Local associations of REALTORS® are responsible for enforcing the REALTORS® Code of Ethics. The Code of Ethics imposes duties above and in addition to those imposed by law or regulation which apply only to real estate professionals who choose to become REALTORS®.

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The Realtor Code of Ethics is here, and it’s nine pages long.

Start at the Virginia Association of Realtors site. I’d link to our local association’s site, but it’s an abomination – and it has the 2007 Code of Ethics rather than 2008’s version.

I have never sat on an Ethics Grievance Committee, but as a member of the local Realtor Board of Directors, I have seen the results of several hearings. I generally think that we’re too easy on ourselves.

Maybe as part of the National Association of Realtors’ Ethics campaign, we should also highlight enforcement measures.

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2 Comments

  1. Mary Elizabeth Allen April 2, 2008 at 14:52

    Jim –

    Thanks very much for pointing out the omission of the 2008 Code of Ethics from caar.com. The error has been corrected, and the 2008 version is now downloadable from the CAAR website. Heads-up feedback is what makes our association work!

    ~M.E.

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