REALTOR® CODE OF ETHICS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.