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All Realtors® adhere to a strict Code of Ethics, which is based on professionalism and protection of the public. The Code of Ethics is a promise to the public that when dealing with a real estate agent who is a Realtor®, they can expect honest and ethical treatment in all transaction-related matters. All Realtors® are required to take a minimum of two and a half hours training on the Code of Ethics every two years. Access our Ethics FAQs here.

Only Realtors® pledge to abide by the Code of Ethics, and only Realtors® are held accountable for their ethical behavior. Some of the basic principles of the Code of Ethics include:

  • Protect and promote your client’s interest, but be honest with all parties.
  • Realtors® shall be careful at all times to present a true picture in their advertising and representations to the public.
  • Assure, whenever possible, that transactional details are in writing.

For a complete copy of the Realtors® Code of Ethics, click here. For a copy of the Code of Ethics and Arbitration Manual, click here.

To take the online NAR Code of Ethics class, which fulfills the NAR ethics training requirement, click here.

To download the Guide to Filing Ethics Complaint, click here.

Best Practices

The following Best Practices have been established by the Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors® as aspirational goals for its members. They are intended only as suggested ideals of courtesy and professionalism to strive for in the course of a member’s business activity.