Code of Ethics and Professional Standards
Use this page to access NAR's Code of Ethics, professional standards, and mediation resources.
- Read the full text or listen to NAR's Code of Ethics
- See the Code explained in video
- Learn about publishing the Code of Ethics online
- Code of Ethics training is required of NAR members every 4 years. Access existing REALTOR® ethics training online.
- Access NAR's resources for your use in understanding and filing ethics complaints and arbitration requests.
- Ethics and arbitration process resources for professional standards administrators and volunteers serving on tribunals.
- Training resources and exercises for use by state and local REALTOR® associations.
- Access mediation resources, training, events, videos, and articles.
- Learn how to develop an ombudsman program at your association.
- View and download online ethics, mediation, and arbitration forms.
- Download and customize brochures about professional standards and mediation.
- 2013 marked the 100th anniversary of NAR's Code of Ethics.
Committees and Work Groups
- Read Agendas and Minutes from NAR's professional standards committees and work groups.
Report and Recommendations of the Joint Work Group
In 2005, a group of NAR leaders analyzed key issues and concerns related to the Code of Ethics and MLS usage in the context of REALTORS®' use of the Internet as a transactional and marketing tool.
Professional Standards Committee and Its Role
The duty of NAR's Professional Standards Committee is to interpret the Code of Ethics, to recommend amendments to it, and to recommend appropriate action concerning its enforcement.
Report & Conclusions of the Joint Work Group on Cooperation Issues
A working group was convened to consider issues and concerns that cooperation between REALTORS® as historically mandated in the Code of Ethics was in decline, including the practices informally referred to as "pocket listings" and "coming soon" marketing techniques.
- NAR hosts a Mediator/Mediation Training and a Professional Standards Education Seminar annually in Chicago.
Professional Standards Training & Mediation Resource Database
- Search this database to find mediation officers and other resources on general professional standards education.
2016 Summary of Key Professional Standards Changes
This summary highlights substantive issues and changes in 2016 to NAR's Code of Ethics and Arbitration Manual and Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
NAR Model Citation Policy and Schedule of Fines
These models will assist state and local associations in developing citation policies, including fines, for receiving and resolving ethics complaints.
A Buyer's and Seller's Guide to Multiple Offers
This consumer-focused brochure is designed for use by REALTORS® to inform buyers and sellers of the potential consequences of multiple offer situations.
Association Legal Counsel's Role in Professional Standards Enforcement
This report from the Legal Counsel Work Group provides guidance on the role of association counsel during ethics and arbitration hearings.
Buyer-Seller Dispute Resolution System (DRS)
Designed to resolve disputes between buyers, sellers, and real estate brokers/salespeople not otherwise covered under Article 17 of the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
Pathways to Professionalism
This list of professional courtesies, for use by REALTORS® on a voluntary basis, supplements NAR's Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
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