REALTOR® Code of Ethics

As a chartered member of the National Association of REALTORS®, the Board is responsible for enforcing the REALTOR® Code of Ethics of the National Association of REALTORS®.  Our REALTOR® members agree to subscribe to the Code in their daily business practices.  CLICK HERE to see a copy of the 2021 Code of Ethics.

From time to time, disputes may arise in real estate transactions between REALTOR® and REALTOR® or between a member of the public and a REALTOR®.  Many common disputes arise out of lack of communication.  Be sure to read this article.

Should you wish to file an Ethics violation against a REALTOR® member, please be sure to check out our directory to verify that the individual is a member here.  If the individual is not a member with us, they may possibly be a member of one of the other 4 Boards in Rhode Island.  Violations must be registered with the individual's appropriate Board of membership.

For assistance with ombuds services - the first step prior to filing an ethics violation against a member - please contact our Chief Executive Officer Suzanne Silva, CAE, RCE, at (401) 333-6343 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further direction.

For instances of interboard arbitration, please refer to theseProfessional Standards Resources from the Rhode Island Association of REALTORS®.

Additional resources on the Code of Ethics provided by the National Association of REALTORS®. 

All REALTOR® members are required to complete a course on the Code of Ethics of the National Association of REALTORS®.  Effective 1/1/19, the new triennial cycle begins.  That new cycle means members will have to complete this required course between 1/1/19--12/31/21.  Members are then required to submit their certificate to the Board office for our review.  NEW MEMBERS:  are required to complete the course even sooner - within the first 180 days of their membership. Click here to learn about ways you can complete this course.

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