When you are making the biggest purchase of your life, it helps to have a trusted professional on your side. A Realtor® is more than a real estate agent; Realtors have training in ethics for both their dealings with the public and with the real estate community. The REALTOR® Code of Ethics is the cornerstone of the National Association of REALTORS® ethics training. It guides Realtors and also shows the public the level of commitment, education and dedication to their profession that each member of NAR possesses.
The code’s articles include:
- REALTORS® protect and promote their clients’ interests while treating all parties honestly.
- REALTORS® refrain from exaggeration, misrepresentation, or concealment of pertinent facts related to property or transactions.
- REALTORS® cooperate with other real estate professionals to advance their clients’ best interests.
- When buying or selling on their own account or for their families or firms, Realtors make their true position or interest known.
- REALTORS® make sure that contract details are spelled out in writing and that parties receive copies.
- REALTORS® give equal professional service to all clients and customers irrespective of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, or sexual orientation.
- REALTORS® paint a true picture in their advertising, marketing, and other representations.
- REALTORS® make only truthful, objective comments about other real estate professionals.
In choosing a REALTOR®, home buyers are selecting a professional who voluntarily holds to a high ethical standard. Many Realtors proudly display cover photos that identify them as Realtors who live by the code.