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®.

See translations of the 2023 Code of Ethics in other languages.

View previous editions of the Code of Ethics.

New Policies Approved

NAR's Board of Directors approved new Code of Ethics & Professional Standards policies on November 13, 2020.

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From REALTOR® Magazine:

COVID-19 and the Code

As REALTORS® follow an ever-changing array of shelter-in-place orders and government recommendations, where does NAR’s Code Of Ethics come into play?

The Code Toughens Its Words

An implicit antidiscrimination ban is now spelled out by a new standard of practice in the Code of Ethics.

The Code That Grows

Global business and state laws are among the issues that our evolving Code of Ethics addresses.
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More on Ethics at REALTOR® Magazine

Further articles on Code of Ethics topics are available at REALTOR® Magazine.

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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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Code of Ethics Products in the REALTOR® Store

Save 10% when you order the 2021 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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Code Comprehension

These code comprehension resources set forth FAQs that clarify various articles of the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. On each page, a downloadable PDF has been made available as a training resource to be distributed among members.