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NAR proposes new Code of Excellence by Richard WeisserThe NAR has reported that it is developing a new “Code of Excellence” designed to take the trade organization to the next level.

According to an article published November 11, 2014 in REALTOR Magazine:

:…the Code of Excellence will focus the attention of REALTORS® on key issues, such as data protection, property rights, community involvement, and proficiency with technology.”

As a dues paying member and a former local director my response is a polite:

No thank you.

Please leave business decisions and politics up to the company and individual choice. And please think about the ramifications of actively promoting collusion of services.

In my not so humble opinion, the NAR is overstepping its boundaries and doesn’t have a clue about what is and what is not appropriate territory for a trade organization with such a wide spectrum of services and price structures.

Seems like the NAR is more intent on protecting the livelihood of the lobbyists and the technology hawkers.

It could even be argued that this proposal is ANTI-consumer because it limits choice.

Don’t do it! Please don’t!


Rebuttals are welcome. I really want to know what you think about this!

Morris Massre
Pembroke Pines, FL
Real Estate Instructor Broward County Florida

Nothing will help Richard.  Code of ethics is a load of bull anyway. 

Nov 12, 2014 12:37 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

You know that I think NAR and even GAR are about business at this point and not about serving their members.  I think this just drives home that it will continue to move in that direction.  You'll get no rebuttal from me on this issue at all.

Nov 12, 2014 01:49 AM
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Richard - My standard response to NAR is a deep yawn. They lost the plot a long time ago and have little relevance to the real issues their members face on a daily basis.

Nov 12, 2014 05:42 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I couldn't sidagree with you more and as a member of the Board of Directors of NAR I strongly supoorted it, in fact I thought it had been watered down to much. I did a lengthly comment on another post but I believe that if we cannot set minimum standards for what it means to be a REALTOR® and the proper way to evaluate a REALTOR® then we will become what Zillow, Trulia, and others wants us to be and that is a commodity. It is time that being a REALTOR® again means something to the public because this decision by the leadership and ratified by the Board has nothing to do with lobbyists. Richard, I have a lot of respect for you and it is REALTORS® like you I don't worry about. FYI, I would be happy with a NAR membership of 250,000 if that meant that you not only have to obey the Code of Ethics but also a standard of excellence. If 1 million want to raise that bar then that is good too.

Nov 12, 2014 06:19 AM
Jenna Dixon
Momentum Real Estate Group LLC - Marietta, GA
55 & Over | New Constructions | Horse Farms

Code of Ethics, Code of Excellence should be renamed "Justify our Existence".  NAR is a typical trade organization that holds little sway over public policy, member behavior, etc.  Realtors, brokers, agents etc. would improve their public standing by doing a better job of client service, marketing, contract management and negotiations.  Slapping the brand of REALTOR on someone does not mean that they are proficient, good at their jobs or, by default, ethical.  I'm not trying to offend anyone and feel free to delete the comment should you feel so inclined.

Nov 12, 2014 06:29 AM
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


You can easily apply the Code of Ethics but not sure how to police business practices!


My personal experiemces have not been good, but I would like to think that is an anomoly.


There is no system in place for true representation.


Nov 12, 2014 07:34 AM
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional

Joe Pryor ...

The primary failure of the NAR is that it is NOT a representaive governance. The general membership has no say on any issue other than the blanket signing of a dues check.

We don't get to vote on ANYTHING. At least here in GA we can access the MLS without membership in the NAR. My guess is, that if a Code of Excellence is implemented, that anti-competitive litigation across the land will force MLS's to open up to non-members.

The NAR should NEVER and I mean NEVER see itself as a regulatory agency.

They can't even police themselves.

Nov 12, 2014 07:52 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     NAR is talking about data protection?  Kind of late, isn't it?   Seeing how NAR sold the domain name Realtor dot com, and many NAR-affiliated local Boards syndicate MLS data to ZTR and other portals.  

Nov 12, 2014 07:55 AM
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional

And I am not one of those REALTORS that have no idea about the good work that is done. As I said I served as a local director for two years.

What bothered me about that is that I was nominated and elected by the board without so much as a questionnaire about where I stood on key issues.

With NO input from the general membership, we never represented, we only dictated.

Nov 12, 2014 07:58 AM
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional

We had an incident here in Coweta County in which a NON-REALTOR was featured in an article in REALTOR Magazine.

When I complained I was was told that the reporters and writers were not instructed to ask if a broker was or was not a member before writing about them.

Then the representative from REALTOR magazine told me that the term REALTOR was generic and could be applied to any broker.

And these are the people I want dictating how I run MY business, when the non-member saves his money, practices his business any way he wants, and gets EVERY benefit that I pay for.


Nov 12, 2014 08:04 AM
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional

Jenna Dixon ...

I would never delete one of your comments. They are thoughtful and you speak straight from the heart!

Nov 12, 2014 08:06 AM
Jenna Dixon
Momentum Real Estate Group LLC - Marietta, GA
55 & Over | New Constructions | Horse Farms

Thank you, Richard.  I was so disappointed in my NAR membership that when I finally decided not to renew, I truly felt like I lost a friend.  We all want to be a "part" of our professional organization but it just became constant check writing with no perceptible benefit.  Even the REALTOR designation was lost on the public.

Nov 12, 2014 08:21 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Richard...as long as we allow 3rd party sites access to our  listings to be misrepresented by thiese sites we can never have excellence.

They will buy their way in and we are left in the cold again.

Nov 13, 2014 12:51 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

I'm confused!  If they told you that that the term REALTOR(R) was generic for any broker, then why do we pay extra to become NAR members?  Every agent in the State of Indiana is now a Broker, but many do not pay NAR Dues. Maybe they should give us our money back for misrepresentation, if that's the case.

Nov 15, 2014 01:02 PM
Vern Eaton
Askov, MN
Realtor 651-674-7449

I talked with my 'Ex' Broker, William Feela...He agrees with you.

WE have enouugh rules, let's just get them enforced.

Nov 19, 2014 10:11 AM