Where the word RealtoRs® is used in this Code and Preamble, it shall be deemed to include RealtoR-associate®s.
While the Code of Ethics establishes obligations that may be higher than those mandated by law, in any instance where the Code of Ethics and thelaw conflict, the obligations of the law must take precedence.
Under all is the land. Upon its wise utilization and widely allocated ownership depend the survival and growth of free institutions and of our civilization.RealtoRs® should recognize that the interests of the nation and its citizensrequire the highest and best use of the land and the widest distribution ofland ownership. They require the creation of adequate housing, the building of functioning cities, the development of productive industries and farms, and the preservation of a healthful environment.
Such interests impose obligations beyond those of ordinary commerce. They impose grave social responsibility and a patriotic duty to whichRealtoRs® should dedicate themselves, and for which they should be diligent in preparing themselves. RealtoRs®, therefore, are zealous to maintain and improve the standards of their calling and share with theirfellow RealtoRs® a common responsibility for its integrity and honor.
In recognition and appreciation of their obligations to clients, customers, the public, and each other, RealtoRs® continuously strive to become and remain informed on issues affecting real estate and, as knowledgeable professionals, they willingly share the fruit of their experience and study with others. They identify and take steps, through enforcement of this Code of Ethics and by assisting appropriate regulatory bodies, to eliminate practices which may damage the public or which might discredit or bring dishonor to the real estate profession. RealtoRs® having direct personal knowledge of conduct that may violate the Code of Ethics involving misappropriation of client or customer funds or property, willful discrimination, or fraud resultingin substantial economic harm, bring such matters to the attention of theappropriate Board or Association of RealtoRs®. (Amended 1/00)
Realizing that cooperation with other real estate professionals promotes the best interests of those who utilize their services, RealtoRs® urge exclusive representation of clients; do not attempt to gain any unfair advantage over their competitors; and they refrain from making unsolicited comments about other practitioners. In instances where their opinion is sought, or whereRealtoRs® believe that comment is necessary, their opinion is offered in an objective, professional manner, uninfluenced by any personal motivation or potential advantage or gain.
The term RealtoR® has come to connote competency, fairness, and highintegrity resulting from adherence to a lofty ideal of moral conduct inbusiness relations. No inducement of profit and no instruction from clients ever can justify departure from this ideal.
In the interpretation of this obligation, RealtoRs® can take no safer guidethan that which has been handed down through the centuries, embodiedin the Golden Rule, “Whatsoever ye would that others should do to you, do ye even so to them.”
Accepting this standard as their own, RealtoRs® pledge to observe its spirit in all of their activities whether conducted personally, through associates or others, or via technological means, and to conduct their business inaccordance with the tenets set forth below. (Amended 1/07)