REALTOR® Code of Ethics
As a chartered member of the National Association of REALTORS®, the Board is responsible for enforcing the REALTOR® Code of Ethics of the National Association of REALTORS®. Our REALTOR® members agree to subscribe to the Code in their daily business practices. CLICK HERE to see a copy of the 2020 Code of Ethics.
From time to time, disputes may arise in real estate transactions between REALTOR® and REALTOR® or between a member of the public and a REALTOR®. Many common disputes arise out of lack of communication. Be sure to read this article.
Should you wish to file an Ethics violation against a REALTOR® member, please be sure to check out our directory to verify that the individual is a member here. If the individual is not a member with us, they may possibly be a member of one of the other 4 Boards in Rhode Island. Violations must be registered with the individual's appropriate Board of membership.
For instances of interboard arbitration, please refer to these Professional Standards Resources from the Rhode Island Association of REALTORS®.
Additional resources on the Code of Ethics provided by the National Association of REALTORS®.
Successfully complete the National Association of REALTORS® online Triennial REALTOR® Code of Ethics Course. You may select either "New Member" (if you are a new member taking the course for the first tine) or "Existing Member". These courses are available to all members 24/7 at no cost but do not offer CEU's. You may also visit The CE Shop and select either Course #C006 (Code of Ethics: "Good for your clients and your business") OR Course #C008 (Code of Ethics in Action: Real-Life Applications."). There is a fee for these classes but they offer 3 CORE CEU credits and can be taken at any time.
We are currently in the 6th triennial. Be ready by 12/31/2021 with these in-person and online class offerings.
All REALTOR® members are required to complete a course on the Code of Ethics of the National Association of REALTORS®. Effective 1/1/19, the new triennial cycle begins. That new cycle means members will have to complete this required course between 1/1/19--12/31/21. Members are then required to submit their certificate to the Board office for our review. NEW MEMBERS: are required to complete the course even sooner - within the first 180 days of their membership.