Code of Ethics & Standards of Practice

There are several important distinctions between a licensed real estate professional and a REALTOR®.

The most important distinction is the National Association of REALTORS® Code of Ethics.

The Code of Ethics is a set of professional guidelines by which REALTORS® must abide to ensure they cooperate with each other and further clients’ best interests. REALTORS® may use the trademarked “R®” only when they have voluntarily joined the association and subscribe to this higher set of professional standards governing how they conduct themselves professionally, and personally.

When NAR adopted the Code of Ethics in 1913, it was one of the first codifications of ethical duties by any business group. It has since changed and evolved with the evolution of the profession but, more than 100 years since its inception, the Code of Ethics remains a cornerstone of the REALTOR® brand and identity.


Resources for Professional Standards & Arbitration

Code of Ethics graphic from NAR website that says, "Code of Ethics. Realtors' pledge of performance and service."