About the Code of Ethics
All real estate licensees are not REALTORS®. Only real estate licensees who are a member of the National Association of REALTORS® may use the term REALTOR®. REALTORS® subscribe to a strict Code of Ethics and are expected to maintain a higher standard of practice than what is required by law.
The National Association of REALTORS® Code of Ethics, adopted in 1913, was one of the first codifications of ethical duties adopted by any business group. The Code of Ethics ensures that consumers are served by requiring REALTORS® to cooperate with each other in furthering clients’ best interests. The Code of Ethics is designed to protect REALTORS and the public from unfair practices by other individuals and institutions in the real estate industry.
Local Associations of REALTORS® are responsible for enforcing the REALTOR® Code of Ethics for their local area. The Code of Ethics requires a higher standard of professionalism than what is required by law or regulation. Note that only real estate professionals who choose to become REALTORS® are subject to this code.
For more information regarding the REALTOR Code of Ethics provided by the National Association of REALTORS, click here.