The Code of Ethics that all Realtors® abide by separates Realtors® from real estate agents. By becoming a member of the Florida Keys Board of Realtors®, a real estate agent agrees to “take an extra professional step” and embrace and comply with the Code of Ethics.
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The Realtor® trademark is a service mark used for a licensed real estate professional affiliated with the National Association of Realtors® signifying adherence to a strict Code of Ethics.
The Code of Ethics that all Realtors® abide by separates Realtors® from real estate agents. By becoming a member of the Association, a real estate agent agrees to “take an extra professional step” and embrace and comply with the Code of Ethics.
Duties to Clients and Customers
REALTORS® protect and promote their clients’ interests while treating all parties honestly.
REALTORS® refrain from exaggeration, misrepresentation or concealment of pertinent facts related to property or transactions.
REALTORS® cooperate with other real estate professionals to advance their clients’ best interests.
When buying or selling on their own account or for their families or firms, REALTORS® make their true position or interest known.
REALTORS® do not provide professional services where they have any present or contemplated interest in property without disclosing that interest to all affected parties.
REALTORS® shall disclose any fee or financial benefit they may receive from recommending related real estate products or services.
REALTORS® receive compensation from only one party, except where they make full disclosure and receive informed consent from their client.
REALTORS® keep entrusted funds of clients and customers in a separate escrow account.
REALTORS® make sure their contract details are spelled out in writing and that parties receive copies
Duties to the Public
REALTORS® give equal professional service to all clients and customers irrespective of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.
REALTORS® are knowledgeable and competent in the fields of practice in which they engage or they get assistance from a knowledgeable professional, or disclose any lack of expertise to their client.
REALTORS® paint a true picture in their advertising and in other public representations.
REALTORS® do not engage in the unauthorized practice of law.
REALTORS® willingly participate in ethics investigations and enforcement actions.
Duties to REALTORS®
REALTORS® make only truthful, objective comments about other real estate professionals.
REALTORS® respect the exclusive, professional relationship that other REALTORS® have with their clients.
REALTORS® arbitrate financial disagreements with other REALTORS® and with their clients.