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August 11, 2020, is National Real Estate Ethics Day. National Real Estate Ethics Day exists “to instill the highest levels of professional integrity, professional expertise, sound judgment, and discretion to all REALTORS around the world.”

REAL ESTATE ETHICS: A BRIEF HISTORY

Prior to 1900, there was no licensing of real estate professionals. In 1908, the National Association of Realtors was formed, which established a Code of Ethics in 1913 to adopt professional standards of conduct. The code was adopted with the Golden Rule as its theme.

The National Association of Realtors has established integrity and honor in the real estate profession, helped realtors stay informed about real estate issues, and encouraged fairness, competency, integrity, and moral conduct in all business relations.

CODE OF ETHICS TRAINING

NAR’s Board of Realtors requires that every Realtor complete a Code of Ethics training every three years. The current cycle deadline is Dec 31, 2020 to December 31, 2021.

You can complete your Code of Ethics triennial requirement for 2019-2021 by registering for the National Real Estate Ethics Day webinar, led by REALTOR, CEO, best-selling author and motivational speaker Leigh Brown.

The webinar will benefit the Real Estate Relief Foundation, a charitable foundation dedicated to providing housing-related assistance to victims of disasters.

Register today!

 

 

Recent studies by Zillow and Million Acres (a Motley Fool company) have determined that homes are selling more quickly than they were at this time last year, and that more people are considering leaving big cities to move to smaller towns. 

While both buyers and sellers took a “wait and see” approach when the pandemic hit, the market is now ramping up. People have been reassured to see that real estate agents are taking innovative approaches to keep them safe, and this, in addition to mortgage rates being at a record low and the prices of homes holding steady since May, has contributed to homes flying off the market — homes sold in the second week of June 2020 stayed on the market for only about 22 days, the fastest they’ve sold since June 2018.

Having a good realtor is essential to buying or selling a home successfully, but having a great realtor means that you’ll come out of the process with much more than just a successful transaction — you’ll feel like your agent has looked out for your interests and needs and has handled the process in a way that everyone involved has felt they gained something from it. Whether you’re buying or selling a home, it’s important to know the difference between a good real estate agent and a great one.

 

Henderson County recently adapted its “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order to more closely reflect the order put in place by Governor Roy Cooper and now considers real estate brokerage to be an essential business. In this Blue Ridge Now article, Hendersonville Board of Realtors president David Noyes gives some great tips for being innovative and staying safe when assisting with buying or selling property.

 

Spring is usually the most popular time of the year to buy a home, which also makes it a great time to put your house on the market to sell. Whether you’re getting your home ready to show or are in the market to buy, you’ll want to follow these tips to make sure everything goes smoothly.