In 2013, the National Association of REALTORS® celebrated the 100th anniversary of the REALTORS® Code of Ethics. The code spells out the professional responsibilities and expectations of NAR’s 1 million REALTOR® members to their clients, customers, fellow REALTORS® and the general public. The Selkirk Association of REALTORS® is required to adopt and enforce the REALTOR® Code of Ethics. Our REALTORS® take an oath to conduct themselves in accordance to the guidelines provided within NAR’s Code of Ethics.
REALTORS® are required to take ethics training on a regular basis. The Selkirk Association of REALTORS® offers ethics classes each year in order to help our members stay current on changes and updates to the REALTOR® Code of Ethics.
The Selkirk Association of REALTORS® also provides ombudsman and NAR certified mediation services to its members and the public regarding real estate matters. To obtain ombudsman contact information, please call the Selkirk Association of REALTORS® office at (208) 265-2227. Please contact the Selkirk Association of REALTORS® office at (208) 265-2227 with questions or to request forms to file an ethics complaint.
Ethics Complaints, Arbitration Requests and Related Information
REALTORS® are different from non-member licensees in that they voluntarily subscribe to a strict Code of Ethics. If you believe that a REALTOR® has violated one or more Articles of the Code of Ethics, you can file an ethics complaint alleging a violation(s) through the local association of REALTORS® where the REALTOR® holds membership, or participates in a REALTOR® association-owned/operated MLS. You may search for a member’s local affiliation here.
In addition, REALTORS® agree as a condition of membership to arbitrate contractual disputes and specific non-contractual disputes as provided for in Article 17 of the NAR Code of Ethics.
Below are several resources to help you understand what filing and processing an ethics complaint and arbitration request entails, and the general process you can expect when filing an ethics complaint or arbitration request with a local association of REALTORS®. Check with the local association of REALTORS® to ensure you have the proper forms required by that association.
- Code of Ethics
View the current NAR Code of Ethics here.
- Ethics Complaint Flow Chart
- Before You File an Ethics Complaint
This brochure explains alternatives to consider before filing an ethics complaint, as well as what to expect after filing a complaint.
- Initiating an Ethics Hearing
Procedures for processing complaints alleging violations of an Association’s bylaws.
- Key Ethics Forms
View or download forms for initiating an ethics complaint.
- Sanctioning Guidelines
While NAR does not recommend specific discipline for certain offenses, it does outline key points to be considered with respect to discipline.
- Duty to Arbitrate
From Part Ten, Section 43 of The Code of Ethics & Arbitration Manual.
- Arbitratable Issues
From Appendix I to Part Ten of The Code of Ethics & Arbitration Manual.
- Key Arbitration Forms
View or download forms for filing an arbitration request
- Factors Considered in Arbitration
From Appendix II to Part Ten of The Code of Ethics & Arbitration Manual.
- No Findings of Fact in Arbitration Awards
From Appendix IV to Part Ten of The Code of Ethics & Arbitration Manual.
- Mediation as a Service of Member Boards
From Appendix VI to Part Ten of The Code of Ethics & Arbitration Manual. For more information go to the Mediation page.
Code of Ethics Videos
To view Selkirk Association of REALTORS® Policies regarding Ethics & Arbitrations, click here.
Before you file an ethics complaint, click here.
Instructions for filing an ethics complaint, click here.