The professional standard that sets REALTORS® apart from other real estate practitioners is their acceptance and adherence to the Code of Ethics. The Code is revised through the years to be relevant to current developments in the professional real estate practice.

Even with the best of intentions, planning, and preparation, occasional disagreements arise between REALTORS® and/or between REALTORS® and their clients or customers. As civil litigation becomes more costly and time consuming, there is a trend among private parties to settle disputes and conflicting claims through alternative means.

Coastal Association of REALTORS® Professional Standards department offers its members and their clients a vehicle to expedite ethics complaints and/or arbitration requests without going to court. Ethics complaints brought before a local association gives those parties involved an opportunity to be educated about the Code, and REALTORS® are judged by their peers as opposed to others who may be far less familiar with the practices and customs of the real estate industry.

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