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close up of hand and fingers typing on laptop keyboardHAVE A COMPLAINT? Problem with a Realtor ® but not sure where to turn to? Let our Code of Ethics enforcement program point you in the right direction!

The single, most outstanding characteristic that sets Realtors® apart from other real estate practitioners is their willingness to accept and abide by the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Realtors ®. The Code, which was first adopted in 1913, is a living document, responsive in its content to changes in the law and industry. The Code has been revised several times through the years to reflect current developments in professional real estate practice. The term Realtor ® has come to represent competency, fairness, and high integrity. These qualities stem from voluntary adherence to an ideal of moral conduct in real estate practices.

But even with the best intentions, planning and preparation, occasional disagreements arise between Realtors ® and/or between Realtors® and their clients or customers. As civil litigation becomes increasingly costly, time consuming and burdensome, there has been a trend among private parties to settle disputes and conflicting claims through alternative means.

The Realtors ® Association of Northwestern Wisconsin offers the public and its members a vehicle to economically expedite ethics complaints and/or arbitration requests without going to court. If a monetary dispute arises from a real estate transaction or if you believe a Realtor ® may have acted in an unethical manner, seek a resolution through us. To view a copy of the Code of Ethics or get forms to file either an ethics complaint or arbitration request, use the links at the left.

Mandatory ethics training. Not many professionals can claim that on their resume. When Realtors ® complete mandatory Code of Ethics training, they not only set themselves apart from other professionals in the real estate industry, they set themselves apart from many industries.

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