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 violate the Code of Ethics can be subject to sanctions by their local Association 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.
  • National Association of REALTORS® Professional Standards - Profesional Standards ,
  • Basic information on those professional standards procedures are available here,
  • To report a potential violation of the Code involving a member of this Association, follow the complaint process below. .
  • Remember -- potential legal violations are handled by the State Real Estate Commission, not the local association.

How to File a Complaint