I put this question out there to the Active Rain community: should Realtor ethics violations be public information? For a closed-knit organization that prevents its members from bad-mouthing each other, no surprise its stance; it's fiercely protective of its membership. Realtors, reluctantly or eagerly (hard to say) pay dues to belong. Some hold a grudge because they are required to pay dues to NAR and local associations due to company policy at their brokerage, like they wouldn't do so otherwise.
But let's get back to what separates Realtors from regular real estate agents, and that something is the Realtor Code of Ethics. How it is enforced is sometimes another story, but the COE is still near and dear in the hearts of many of us. You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: Realtor Ethics Violations Not Available to the Public.