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 2021 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 assistance with ombuds services – the first step prior to filing an ethics violation against a member – please contact our Chief Executive Officer Suzanne Silva, RCE, at (401) 333-6343 or for further direction.

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®.

**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.

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 by attending one of our upcoming classes.