Every 3 years, whether I think I need it or not!
Every Realtor® is required to complete the National Association of Realtors® Code of Ethics course to keep their license in Active Status. I remember taking my first Code of Ethics class, sitting among both salespersons and brokers who, I knew, had been in the business for many years, and even many decades. During this 3-hour course, we reviewed the strict guidelines designed to keep our clients, our brokerages, and ourselves safe; guidelines that call us to a higher standard in business practices. It was a strong reminder to me that I must always have my client’s best interests top-of-mind as I list their property, show property, write contracts, assist in the hiring of licensed contractors, advertise my listings and services, etc. It is legal? Is it ethical? Is it honest? And, I remember standing with my peers at the close of the class, and making a promise to myself, my industry, and my current and future clients that I would always abide by the Code of Ethics. I actually got chocked up as I repeated the words of this promise!
By the end of 2021 I will repeat this course. I look forward to once again meet with my peers, refresh my understanding of the importance of the Code of Ethics, and renew my commitment to always conduct myself in an ethical and legal way on behalf of my clients. And, I anticipate getting chocked up all over again!