Lisa and Jim's Northern Nevada Real Estate Blog: Under All Is The Land

Under All Is The Land

Under All Is The Land  

So begins the Preamble to the amazing Realtor Code of Ethics.  Read carefully, it contains some powerful statements.  Under all is the land. Upon its wise utilization and widely allocated ownership depend on the survival and growth of free institutions and of our civilization. REALTORS ® should recognize that the interests of the nation and its citizens require the highest and best use of the land and the widest distribution of land ownership. They require the creation of adequate housing, the building of functioning cities, the development of productive industries and farms, and the preservation of a healthful environment.  

Such interests impose obligations beyond those of ordinary commerce. They impose grave social responsibility and a patriotic duty to which REALTORS® should dedicate themselves, and for which they should be diligent in preparing themselves. REALTORS® , therefore, are zealous to maintain and improve the standards of their calling and share with their fellow REALTORS® a common responsibility for its integrity and honor.  

In recognition and appreciation of their obligations to clients, customers, the public, and each other, REALTORS® continuously strive to become and remain informed on issues affecting real estate and, as knowledgeable professionals, they willingly share the fruit of their experience and study with others. They identify and take steps, through enforcement of this Code of Ethics and by assisting appropriate regulatory bodies, to eliminate practices which may damage the public or which might discredit or bring dishonor to the real estate profession. REALTORS® having direct personal knowledge of conduct that may violate the Code of Ethics involving misappropriation of client or customer funds or property, willful discrimination, or fraud resulting in substantial economic harm, bring such matters to the attention of the appropriate Board or Association of REALTORS®.  

The term REALTOR® has come to connote competency, fairness, and high integrity resulting from adherence to a lofty ideal of moral conduct in business relations. No inducement of profit and no instruction from clients ever can justify departure from this ideal. In the interpretation of this obligation, REALTORS® can take no safer guide than that which has been handed down through the centuries, embodied in the Golden Rule, "Whatsoever ye would that others should do to you, do ye even so to them."  

Accepting this standard as their own, REALTORS® pledge to observe its spirit in all of their activities whether conducted personally, through associates or others, or via technological means, and to conduct their business in accordance with the tenets set forth below. 

Our Advice:  The lofty ideals in the Preamble set the stage for the Code of Ethics itself.  The Code is comprised of Standards of Practice and Codes that all Realtors must abide by or be subject to sanction or removal by the Board of Realtors.  Read them and you will understand the strength of a Realtor.  Not all agents are Realtors.  Code offenses should be reported, whether by a member of the public or other Realtors.  It is how the ideals are maintained and the public protected and better served.  

Under all is the land ... the foundation for greatness.  Disclosure - deleted one paragraph for space. When it comes to choosing professionals to assist you with your real estate needs... Experience is Priceless!  Lisa Wetzel & Jim Valentine, CDPE, SFR, RE/MAX Realty Affiliates, 775-781-5472., 


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Comment balloon 1 commentLisa Wetzel • January 23 2011 05:00PM



Thank you for this post! The Preamble to the REALTOR Code of Ethics is a powerful document in itself and I think it benefits all of us to read it a bit more often.

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH over 9 years ago