Realtor Code of Ethics

In 1915, two years after the founding of the National Association

of Realtors, its members adopted a code of ethics establishing standards

of practice which guide Realtors in their practice of real estate.

In its  introduction it states, “ Under all is the land.  Upon it wise utilization

and widely allocated ownership depend the survival and growth

of free institutions and of our civilization.   Realtors should recognize that

the interests of the nation and its citizens require the highest and best use

of the land and the widest distribution of land ownership.

They require the creation of adequate housing, the building of

functioning cities, the development of productive industries and farms,

and the preservation of a healthful environment.  Such interest impose obligations

beyond those of ordinary commerce.  They impose grave social responsibility and

a patriotic duty to which Realtors should dedicate themselves, and for which

they should be diligent in preparing themselves.

Realtors, therefore, are zealous to maintain and improve the standards of

their customers, the public, and each other.”

These mandates are as relevant today as they were a hundred years ago.

– Jon