The National Association of REALTORS® Code of Ethics
Articles and Standards of Practice
Association of REALTORS® Code of Ethics
The Code of Ethics was adopted by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) in 1913 and has been amended throughout the years to accommodate the ever-changing industry.
The NAR Code of Ethics and Arbitration Manual impose duties above, and in addition to, those imposed by law or regulation, and applies ONLY
to those real estate professionals who choose to become REALTORS®. REALTORS® are licensed real estate sales agents who are members of the National, State, and Local real estate associations.
The Code of Ethics is a set of standards that all REALTORS® are obligated to follow and is every REALTORS®' "Pathway to Professionalism"
. The Code of Ethics is composed of 17 Articles and associated Standards of Practices (SOP’s).
The Articles are broad in focus, and each Article and apply to more than one of the
following three categories:
- Duties to Clients and Customers - Articles 1-9
- Duties to the Public - Articles 10-14
- Duties to Realtors® - Articles 15-17
Real estate professionals that are not REALTORS® are not obligated to uphold these standards, therefore the only recourse may be to file a formal complaint with the state licensing bureau
(Department of Business & Professional Regulation - DBPR), or file a suit in civil court.
Code of Ethics Articles & Standards of Practice
Case Interpretations for Articles