The Code of Ethics

NAR's Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice plus related resources and training.

NAR's Code of Ethics, adopted in 1913, was one of the first codifications of ethical duties adopted by any business group. The Code ensures that consumers are served by requiring REALTORS® to cooperate with each other in furthering clients' best interests.

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The Code of Ethics

View the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the National Association of REALTORS® Effective January 1, 2019.

Download (PDF: 487 KB) | Translations | Poster (PDF: 70 KB) | Audio Clips | Changes for 2018

Preview: 2019 Code of Ethics (PDF: 796 KB)


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Duty to Adopt and Enforce the Code of Ethics

Specific articles and sections of NAR's Bylaws support the Leadership Team's recommendation that the Association should take an aggressive role in ensuring that state associations meet their obligation to enforce the Code of Ethics.

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Reprinting of NAR's Code of Ethics by Associations and Members

State and local associations of REALTORS®, as well as individual REALTOR® members, are authorized to display the Code of Ethics on their websites with the correct notice.

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Code of Ethics Products in the REALTOR® Store


Save 10% when you order the 2018 Code of Ethics product bundle which includes Code of Ethics pamphlets, the Code of Ethics & Arbitration Manual, Handbook on Multiple Listing policy, and more.

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