For over 60 years, CREA’s REALTOR® Code has been the measure of professionalism in organized real estate.
The first Code was approved in 1913 at the convention of the National Association of Real Estate Boards held in Winnipeg. The first Code of Ethics specifically prepared for members of The Canadian Real Estate Association was approved by members in 1959. The Code has since been amended many times to reflect changes in the real estate marketplace, the needs of property owners, and the perceptions and values of society.
A REALTOR®’s ethical obligations are based on moral integrity, competent service to clients and customers, and dedication to the interest and welfare of the public. The REALTOR® Code, by setting high standards of professional conduct for REALTORS®, helps to protect Canadians’ rights and interests. It also creates a level of trust between REALTORS® and their clients.