NAR allows tougher sanctions for Realtors who violate Code of Ethics

On Saturday, the board of directors of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) approved changes to the trade group’s professional standards that allow state and local associations to more frequently publish to their members the names of Realtor Code of Ethics violators and include photographs of the violators — if they want to.

NAR celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act

The National Association of Realtors is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act at its annual midyear conference in Washington, D.C. The trade association is also publicly acknowledging its lack of support for the landma…

The government wants to know what’s up with real estate pocket listings

Pocket listings and state regulations regarding dual agency and minimum service requirements may be on the agenda at the real estate competition workshop to be held by Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission on June 5.

5 simple rules for avoiding unauthorized property access

From the Realtor Code of Ethics, Standard of Practice 1-16: “Realtors shall not access or use, or permit or enable others to access or use, listed or managed property on terms or conditions other than those authorized by the owner or seller.” …

Illinois Association of Realtors to publish ethics violations, but won’t name names

The Illinois Association of Realtors will soon be the second state association to publish violations of the Realtor Code of Ethics in a members-only section of its website, but offenders will remain unnamed. Last month, as part of a campaign …

California Realtors publishing names and photos of ethics violators, but not for public

Starting today, the California Association of Realtors begins publishing the names and photos of those who are found to have violated the Realtor Code of Ethics in a members-only section of its website unavailable to the public. Only real estate …

NAR issues warning on ‘coming soon’ marketing strategies

Although it’s not pointing a finger directly at Zillow, the National Association of Realtors is warning that brokers who do not act in the best interests of their clients and fail to disclose the pros and cons of marketing strategies …

California Association of Realtors will out ‘Code of Ethics’ violators, but only to members

As part of a campaign to increase professionalism in the real estate industry, the California Association of Realtors will soon publish the names and photos of members who violate the Realtor Code of Ethics in a members-only section of its …

NAR weighing tougher ‘core standards’ for Realtor associations that could fuel mergers

The National Association of Realtors is considering tougher core standards that would “raise the bar” for Realtor associations to ensure that even the smallest is capable of enforcing the Realtor Code of Ethics, playing a political advocacy role, and operating …

Realtor Code of Ethics once required discrimination

I’ve been doing research on the code of ethics as it applies to fair housing and the new “religious freedom” laws. I still have a lot to learn, but I found some very interesting details about segregation.

In the late 1910s, protective covenants became…