REALTOR Code of Ethics


Does your buyer agency contract require the listing broker to pay you?
Q: I listed a home in a very hot market that has a low inventory. A buyer attended an open house and immediately decided to write a full price offer, which was ultimately accepted. Within days I got call from another broker who said she represented the buyer and had a written exclusive buyer agency agreement with the buyer. She claimed that I had violated the Code of Ethics because I should have asked the buyers it they were represented. She also claims that I owe her a commission that was offered in the MLS. The buyer never mentioned that he was working with another broker and that broker never showed the property to the buyer. Did I do anything wrong? Do I owe this broker a commission? (Jan. 3, 2017, OAR Buzz)

Which REALTOR can claim to have ‘sold’ a property?
Several questions have been received on OAR’s Legal Assistance Hotline about a word that is very important to REALTORS–SOLD. Who can claim to have sold a property and for how long? (Dec. 12, 2016, OAR Buzz)

Legally Speaking: Social media posts that get you into trouble?
(April 4, 2016, OAR Buzz)

Legally Speaking: Is it ok for my buyer to video a property?
(Jan. 25, 2016, OAR Buzz)

Legally speaking: Can I talk to another REALTOR’s seller about taking a listing?
(Jan. 12, 2016, OAR Buzz)

Legally Speaking: Can I talk to another REALTOR’s seller about taking a listing?
(Jan. 12, 2016; OAR Buzz)

Could your post-showing feedback cross the line?
(Feb. 24, 2014, OAR Buzz)

Can sellers control who you cooperate with?
(July 29, 2013, OAR Buzz)

Are you interfering with another agent’s relationship?
(June 24, 2013, OAR Buzz)

Commission is cracking down on sharing lock box combinations
(April 11, 2012, OAR Buzz)