Washington, DC (PRWEB) April 17, 2013
April is Fair Housing Month, and this year the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) will showcase the month’s events and activities by celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the REALTORS® Code of Ethics.
During the month of April, NAR is highlighting Article 10 of the Code of Ethics, which specifically addresses the Fair Housing Act. NAR was established in 1908, and in 1913 it adopted a Code of Ethics as a way to establish a professional “Standard of Conduct” for all REALTORS®.
Article 10 of its Code of Ethics states, “REALTORS® shall not deny equal professional services, be party to any plan or agreement to discriminate or in their real estate employment practices discriminate against any person or persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin or sexual orientation.(1)”
The underlying fundamentals of Article 10 provide a strong foundation for building an ethically sound industry so real estate professionals can focus on what they love doing most—working with people.
“Seeing the look of pure joy on a first-time homebuyers face at settlement—that’s why I love being a REALTOR®,” said Karen Rishar, REALTOR® with Prudential PenFed Realty in Annapolis, Md.
The Code of Ethics and its focus on fair housing has promoted and protected the American dream of homeownership for over a hundred years.
The Code of Ethic’s preamble (2) proclaims, “…the interests of the nation and its citizens require the highest and best use of the land and widest distribution of land ownership,” as well as “…the creation of adequate housing, the building of functioning cities, the development of productive industries and farms, and the preservation of a healthful environment.”
“I absolutely love sharing one of life’s biggest events with my clients. It’s just an amazing feeling handing them the key to the American Dream,” said Samantha Bendigo, REALTOR® with Prudential PenFed Realty in Gainesville, Va.
NAR Code of Ethics: Fun Facts3
- In 1916, the term “REALTOR” was purchased from Charles Chadbourn for $1
- The preamble to the Code of Ethics was written by Arthur H. Barnisel, and adopted in 1924
- The first Code of Ethics and Arbitration Manual was published in 1973
- The Code of Ethics is available on Realtor.org in English, Spanish, Tagalog, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese
- Corinne Simpson of Seattle became the first woman to join the National Association of REALTORS® in 1910
- The “Golden Rule” is in the Code’s preamble and it says, “Whatsoever ye would that others should do to you, do ye even so to them.”
To learn more about the National Association of REALTORS® and its Code of Ethics, please visit their website at Realtor.org.
Courtesy of: Digital Journal
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