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Ethics & Professional Standards

The Heart of the Profession

The National Association of Realtors® Code of Ethics* lies at the heart of being a Realtor®. Since its adoption in 1913, the Code has promoted time-honored principles that are generally defined as:

  • Loyalty to clients
  • Fiduciary duty to clients
  • Cooperation with competitors
  • Truthfulness in statements and advertising and non-interference in exclusive relationships that other Realtors® have with their clients.

*2016 version, effective January 1, 2016; changes are underlined. Read a summary of 2016 changes.

Realtor® members who violate the Code of Ethics can be subject to sanctions by their local Association through procedures established by NAR.

  • If you believe another Realtor® has violated the code or the law there are various ways you can attempt to resolve the complaint.
  • Basic information on those professional standards procedures are available here,
  • PAR is responsible for enforcing the Code of Ethics for 30 local boards/associations as part of the Statewide Professional Standards Cooperative. To report a potential violation of the Code involving a member of the following associations contact PAR.
  • If the Realtor® is not a participant of the Statewide Professional Standards Cooperative contact your local association to report a potential violation of the Code.
  • Remember — potential legal violations are handled by the State Real Estate Commission, not the local association.




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