How Can You File a Complaint Against a Realtor?


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If your realtor is a member of the National Association of Realtors, you can file an ethics complaint through the local association branch. You can find a realtor's local association affiliation through the National Association of Realtors website.

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All members of the National Association of Realtors agree to abide by a strict code of ethics, which specifies responsibilities and standards above and in addition to any applicable laws. You can read the code of ethics on the National Association of Realtors' website to determine which of the association's bylaws, if any, were violated by your realtor.

The local board or association of realtors can respond to your ethics complaint in a variety of ways, ranging from informal mediation to termination of membership. Complaints must be filed within 180 days of the time you became aware that an ethics violation had taken place, and must cite which articles of the code of ethics were violated. The local board or association can assist you in preparing your complaint.

The Association of Realtors cannot help you with legal issues, give legal advice or award monetary compensation. If you believe that your realtor has broken the law, contact a lawyer or the state licensing authority.

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