Realtor® Code of Ethics

In subscribing to the Code of Ethics, Realtors® pledge to act in an honest and ethical manner with consumers, the public and their fellow Realtors®.

Not every real estate agent is a Realtor®. Real estate professionals who join the Realtor® organization vow to uphold the Realtor® Code of Ethics, which often goes above and beyond what is required by law.

Please note: On November 13, 2020, NAR's Board of Directors added Standard of Practice 10-5 to the Code of Ethics, and adopted Professional Standard #29, both of which are effective immediately. 

In November 2019, the National Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors approved a change to the NAR Code of Ethics training requirement, extending it from every two-years to every three-years. This extends the deadline for Cycle 6 (current cycle) from December 31, 2020 to December 31, 2021.

Cycle 6: Beginning January 1, 2019, through December 31, 2020 2021 (previously December, 31, 2020) and for successive three-year periods thereafter, Realtors® are required to complete triennial ethics training of no less than two hours and 30 minutes of instructional time. Commitment to Excellence Endorsement-Maintaining the Commitment to Excellence endorsement qualifies as an equivalency for the current cycle (6). Cycle 7 (January 2, 2022-December 31, 2024) and all NAR Code of Ethics Training cycles moving forward will run on a triennial bases. 

NJ Realtors® offers a free, online ethics course through the NJ Realtors® Academy of Continuing Education. Realtors® who successfully complete this course also receive two ethics continuing education credits, which are reported directly to the New Jersey Real Estate Commission.


Your local board/association may also offer a live, in-classroom ethics course. Be sure to contact your local board/association to learn about what's available in your area.

To view more information on NAR's Code of Ethics, please visit their resource page.  For more information on the new Code of Ethics training requirement, please click here.