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 2022 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, CAE, 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 1/1/22, the 7th Triennial began.  This means that members will have to complete this required course once between 1/1/22–12/31/24.  Members are then required to submit their certificate to the Board office for our review.  And only classes offered by their local Board, their State Association and National Association will be acceptable.  NEW MEMBERS:  are required to complete the course even sooner – within the first 90 days of their membership.

Check out our professional development page to see a listing with links to acceptable classes.