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REALTOR® Code of Ethics

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) by contacting MOR. 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. Click here for 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 the Missoula Organization of REALTORS®. Read this before filing a complaint.

Accepting this standard as their own, REALTORS® pledge to observe its spirit in all of their activities and to conduct their business in accordance with the tenets set forth below. If the public thinks to code is violated please contact us

Basic Principles of the Code of Ethics

  1. Protect and Promote Your Client’s Interests, But be Honest With All Parties.
  2. Avoid Exaggeration, Misrepresentation, and Concealment of Pertinent Facts. Do Not Reveal Facts that are Confidential Under the Scope of Your Agency Relationship.
  3. Cooperate with Other Real Estate Professionals to Advance Client’s Best Interests.
  4. When Buying or Selling, Make Your Position in the Transaction or Interest Known.
  5. Disclose Present or Contemplated Interest in Any Property to All Parties.
  6. Avoid Side Deals without Client’s Informed Consent.
  7. Accept Compensation from Only One Party, Except with Full Disclosure and Informed Consent.
  8. Keep the Funds of Clients and Customers in Escrow. Do Not Comingle Funds.
  9. Assure, Whenever Possible, that Transactional Details are in Writing.
  10. Provide Equal Service to All Clients and Customers.
  11. Be knowledgeable and Competent in the Fields of Practice in Which Your Ordinarily Engage. Obtain Assistance or Disclose Lack of Experience if Necessary.
  12. Present a True Picture in Your Advertising and Other Public Representations.
  13.  Do Not Engage in the Unauthorized Practice of Law.
  14. Be a Willing Participant in Code Enforcement Procedures.
  15. Ensure that Your Comments about Other Real Estate Professionals are Truthful, and Not Misleading.
  16. Respect the Exclusive Representation or Exclusive Brokerage Relationship Agreements that Other REALTORS® have with their Clients.
  17. Arbitrate Contractual and Specific Non-Contractual Disputes with Other REALTORS® and with your Clients.