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 to clients
  • 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.

If you believe another REALTOR® has violated the code or the law, there are various ways you can attempt to resolve the complaint.