Professional Standards

The Heart of the Profession

The NAR Code of Ethics lies at the heart of being a REALTOR®. Since its adoption in 1913, the Code has promoted time-honored principles that are generally defined as:
Loyalty and Fiduciary Duty to clients
Cooperation with competitors
Truthfulness in statements and advertising and non-interference in exclusive relationships that other REALTORS® have with their clients.



REALTOR® members who violated the Code of Ethics can be subject to sanctions by their local Associations through procedures established by NAR.

  • To report a potential violation of the CODE involving a member of the following Associations contact PAR at 1.800.555.3390.
  • Remember – Potential legal violations are handled by the State Real Estate Commission, not the local association.