Good Sense Governance

"Good Sense Governance" is a monthly series created by NAR’s Association & MLS Governance and Legal Affairs teams, and provides association governance "best practices", as well as topical resources, aimed to help associations implement sound governance practices, and tackle important governance issues. 

NAR offers the following resources for association reference and use:

Board of Directors

This good sense governance guide (DOC: 555 KB) explains how the association's board of directors is the governing body and establishes the policy directives of the organization.

BOD Articles

BOD Resources

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Alternatives to Attendance at In-Person Meetings

This good sense governance guide (DOC: 489 KB) helps explain alternatives to attendance at in-person meetings like electronic meetings, unanimous written consents, proxy voting, and ballot voting.

Sample Attendance Policies


This good sense governance guide (PDF: 528 KB) helps explain the Association's position on harassment and how to prevent it.

Harassment Articles

Sample Harassment Polices

Harassment Video

Fiduciary Duties

This good sense governance guide (DOC: 603 KB) helps explain the fiduciary duties officers and directors owe when serving their Association of REALTORS®.

Fiduciary Duty Articles

Sample Fiduciary Duty Policies

Fiduciary Duty Videos

Fiduciary Duties Owed by Directors of Associations:

Director's Duty of Loyalty:

If your association has supplemental resources to add to this toolkit, please send them to Katie Goldberg at


Window to the Law

A monthly video series covering topics applicable to legal compliance for real estate professionals, brokerages, and REALTOR® associations.