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REALTOR® Code of Ethics

REALTORS® must adhere to a Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice that is put forth by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and enforced by the GKAR Professional Standards Committee. It contains duties above and in addition to those imposed by law or regulation which apply only to real estate professionals who choose to become REALTORS®.

NAR requires all REALTORS® to complete two and a half hours of ethics training within each three-year cycle. The current Ethics Cycle is January 1st, 2019 - December 31st, 2021.

Failure to complete the required ethics training is considered a violation of a GKAR Membership duty which will result in suspension of Membership until the training is completed. All GKAR/MREA Con Ed Course offerings in 2019 include NAR ethics training. Register for a Con Ed Course

NAR’s C2EX Endorsement now qualifies to meet the Code of Ethics requirement. Learn more.

Process for Filing an Ethics Complaint

Difficulties between buyers and sellers*, and their REALTOR® may be the result of misunderstanding or miscommunication.

Should you have a complaint, follow these steps:
  1. Discuss the issue with your REALTOR®
  2. If not resolved, discuss with his/her Principal Broker
  3. If not resolved, contact GKAR to file a Code of Ethics Complaint

*For disputes between buyers and sellers, contact the National Center for Dispute Settlement (NCDS).

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