The Code of Ethics
Do you know the difference between a REALTOR and a real estate agent? As REALTORS, our success isn’t measured by the bottom line. It’s measured by the trust of our clients and customers and the esteem in which we’re held by our colleagues and competitors. The (Board of REALTORS) was founded with the goal of uniting the real estate profession through high standards to protect buyers and sellers. The Code of Ethics continues to be what sets us apart as REALTORS.
The Code of Ethics is a living document. Real estate is a dynamic business, and I believe the law and regulation will never replace the Code. So long as we, as REALTORS, remain firm in our commitment to serve the public, the Code will evolve and remain significant—in concert with, but independent of, the law.
Because the Code of Ethics is a living, dynamic credo guiding us in our daily professional lives, it must be constantly revisited, reviewed and improved. In fact, the Code has been refined every year for the past 23 years. Besides educating REALTORS on important changes to the Code, mandatory Code of Ethics training reaffirms our commitment to integrity and fair dealing.
Unquestioningly, a vibrant, professional, ethical real estate community is critical to encouraging and protecting property ownership, and ensuring the highest and best use of our nation’s land and resources. When I meet other REALTORS, I see a great deal of pride in the commitment we have made to the principles of the Code of Ethics. As REALTORS, we make a promise of professionalism and performance, and our pride in that commitment shows through to the clients and customers we serve.
The Code of Ethics has preserved its relevance and usefulness despite the passing of years. Because the Code is subject to constant review, and because REALTORS remain dedicated to the highest standards, the Code continues to meet the founders’ goal of excellence and integrity in our professional lives. REALTORS are constantly reminded of the Code’s principles and are well-served in basing our business decisions on its wisdom.
I am incredibly pleased and proud to be able to reflect on the rich history of the Code of Ethics, and more importantly reaffirm the REALTORS commitment to its vision and reminding the buying and selling public how REALTORS strive for professionalism every day.
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