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All real estate licensees are not the same. Only real estate licensees who are members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® are properly called REALTORS®. They proudly display the REALTOR "®" logo on the business card or other marketing and sales literature. REALTORS® are committed to treat all parties to a transaction honestly. REALTORS® subscribe to a strict code of ethics and are expected to maintain a higher level of knowledge of the process of buying and selling real estate. An independent survey reports that 84% of home buyers would use the same REALTOR® again.
REALTORS® are required to abide by a strict Code of Ethics in all their business dealings as REALTORS®. The Professional Standards department is responsible for administering the enforcement of the REALTORS® Code of Ethics among our membership.
The National Association of REALTORS® Code of Ethics, adopted in 1913 and requires that REALTORS® pledge themselves to serve all parties in real estate transactions honestly, is the one factor that distinguishes REALTORS® from other real estate agents. Adherence to the Code is an obligation voluntarily accepted by REALTORS® to ensure high standards of professional conduct to serve the interest of their clients and customers.
Northwest Indiana Real Estate Professionals value the opportunity to hold membership in the Greater Northwest Indiana Association of REALTORS® in order to conduct their business successfully, ethically and cooperatively with other professionals in the industry.
If you feel a REALTOR® has infringed upon their Code of Ethics obligations please read the following:
Before You File an Ethics Complaint
Ethics Complaint Kit
If you feel this may be an issue to be addressed by the Attorney General please fill out the following:
Attorney General Complaint Form
For more information please visit National Association of REALTORS®' Law, Ethics & Policy resource page.
Should you have additional questions please contact Professional Standards Administrator Laura Sallie.
Are you facing the threat of losing your home? Be wary of individuals and companies offering to "help" you out of your difficult financial situation. Consumer advocates report an increase in complaints about foreclosure "rescue" scams. These scams specifically target homeowners who are in financial distress. Scam operators advertise over the Internet and in local publications, plaster posters on telephone poles and at bus stops, stick flyers in people's front doors or contact people whose homes are listed in public foreclosure notices. Sometimes they direct their appeals to specific religious or ethnic groups.
Numerous organizations offer various types of assistance and counseling for those under financial burdens. Please see below for resources on foreclosure prevention and more.
Consumer Credit Counseling of Northwest Indiana
Indiana Foreclosure Network
Indiana Mortgage Banker's Association
Northwest Indiana Reinvestment Alliance
This information is provided for informational purposes. Please refer to the organization, municipality, etc. for further explanantion, requirements and application processes.