Code of Ethics & Standards of Practice
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The National Association of REALTORS® adopted the Code of Ethics in 1913, following the professions of medicine, law, and engineering.  REALTORS® are real estate professionals who have chosen to join the National Association and abide by its strict Code of Ethics.  What does this mean?  It means that any REALTOR® has voluntarily agreed to abide by a Code of Ethics, based on professionalism and protection of the public.  REALTORS® are subject to disciplinary action and sanctions if they violate the duties imposed by the Code of Ethics.  The Code of Ethics is a detailed document that spells out the professional responsibilities of every REALTOR®.

Code of Ethics & Standards of Practice of the National Association of REALTORS®
Effective January 1, 2015

Where the word Realtors® is used in this Code and Preamble, it shall be deemed to include Realtor-Associate®s.

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.

Code of Ethics

  • Preamble

  • Article 1

  • Article 2

  • Article 3

  • Article 4

  • Article 5

  • Article 6

  • Article 7

  • Article 8

  • Article 9

  • Article 10

  • Article 11

  • Article 12

  • Article 13

  • Article 14

  • Article 15

  • Article 16

  • Article 17

  • Explanatory Notes & Resources