Ethics at the Core
Ethics in Performance
The REALTOR® Promise of Professionalism
The REALTOR® brand, recognized and respected globally, places a premium on ensuring its members act in accordance with the highest ethical standards. As such, REALTORS® pledge to uphold a strict Code of Ethics – just one of the of the pillars of the REALTOR® brand.
The REALTOR® Code of Ethics
The backbone of ethical conduct in the real estate world is the REALTOR® Code of Ethics. This comprehensive code outlines the duties and responsibilities of REALTORS®, providing a set of principles to follow in their daily practices. The Code covers a wide range of topics, including fiduciary duty, honesty in advertising, client confidentiality, and equal treatment of all parties.
One of the key tenets of the Code is the obligation to protect and promote the interests of their clients above all else. REALTORS® are bound to treat all parties honestly and fairly, maintaining confidentiality and disclosing any conflicts of interest that may arise during a transaction. This ensures that clients can trust their REALTOR® to act in their best interest, providing them with sound advice and transparent information throughout the process.
Enforcement and Accountability of The Code of Ethics
The REALTOR® brand takes accountability seriously. Any violation of the Code of Ethics is subject to investigation and disciplinary action by local REALTOR® associations, who are committed to maintaining the reputation and integrity of the profession. This enforcement mechanism ensures that REALTORS® adhere to ethical standards and take their responsibilities to their clients, colleagues, and the public seriously.
If a REALTOR® is found to have breached the Code, sanctions range from fines and education requirements to suspension or termination of membership. By holding members to high standards, the REALTOR® brand promotes ethical behavior and sets an example for others in the industry.
If you believe that a REALTOR® has violated one or more Articles of the Code of Ethics, you can file an ethics complaint alleging a violation(s) through the local association of REALTORS® where the REALTOR® holds membership.
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~ Winston Churchill