The above are the first few lines of the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.
Not every real estate agent is a Realtor. Realtors are real estate professionals who are members of the National Association of Realtors, and they subscribe to a strict Code of Ethics and pledge to treat all parties to the transaction honestly.
WHAT DOES THIS MATTER TO ME AS A CONSUMER?
A Realtor is far different from any other “sales job”. Not only is the purchase of a property the largest purchase most will ever make in their lifetime, but also each individual transaction is a building block that collectively make up the urban landscape in which we live. Without appropriate handling of these transactions, our cities literally deteriorate, which in turn will negatively effect the lives of its citizens. These negative, widespread effects are no better evidenced by the bursting of the mortgage bubble in years past. Without the necessary knowledge and a responsible Realtor at your side, you’re not only putting your own financial wellbeing in jeopardy, but you’re also jeopardizing the community as a whole.
Collectively, the National Association of Realtors also fights on a daily basis for the rights and protection of homeowners through lobbying efforts that encourage laws that protect private property rights and limit government intrusion. Rest assured, the National Association of Realtors also has a strong history of endorsing an even split of political representatives from both sides of the aisle.