Realtor® Code of Ethics

The 2017 Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the National Association of Realtors®

 

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All Realtors® are required to complete a minimum of 2.5 hours of approved Code of Ethics training per two-year cycle. The current cycle ends December 31, 2018. Failure to complete the required periodic ethics training is considered a violation, resulting in suspension of membership until training is completed

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Articles of the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice
of the National Association of REALTORS®
Effective January 1, 2017

Duties to Clients and Customers
Articles 1-9

Duties to the Public
Articles 10-14

Duties to REALTORS®
Articles 15-17

Where the word REALTORS® is used in this Code and Preamble, it shall be deemed to include REALTOR®-ASSOCIATES. While the Code of Ethics establishes obligations that may be higher than those mandated by law, in any instance where the Code of Ethics and the law conflict, the obligations of the law must take precedence.

Explanatory Notes

The reader should be aware of the following policies which have been approved by the Board of Directors of the National Association:

In filing a charge of an alleged violation of the Code of Ethics by a REALTOR®, the charge must read as an alleged violation of one or more Articles of the Code. Standards of Practice may be cited in support of the charge.

The Standards of Practice serve to clarify the ethical obligations imposed by the various Articles and supplement, and do not substitute for, the Case Interpretations in Interpretations of the Code of Ethics.

Modifications to existing Standards of Practice and additional new Standards of Practice are approved from time to time. Readers are cautioned to ensure that the most recent publications are utilized.

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