GMAR Ethics Thursday
Welcome to Issue #7 of the GMAR's Ethics Thursday.
 
The GMAR created this newsletter, dedicated to a specific issue, because the REALTOR® Code of Ethics is the foundation on which our industry is built, and the basis of what it means to be a REALTOR®.
 
Your proactive support of the Code of Ethics will assure your fellow REALTORS® and the public that every member of the GMAR operates with the highest ethical standards.
Professional Courtesies
II. RESPECT FOR PROPERTY
1. Be responsible for everyone you allow to enter listed property.
2. Never allow buyers to enter listed property unaccompanied. Never give out a lock box combination.
3. When showing property, keep all members of the group together.
4. Never allow unaccompanied access to property without permission.
5. Enter property only with permission even if you have a lockbox key or combination. Alert the listing agent immediately if the lock box does not open or malfunctions.
6. When the occupant is absent, leave the property as you found it (lights, heating, cooling, drapes, etc.). If you think something is amiss (e.g. vandalism) contact the listing broker immediately.
7. Be considerate of the seller’s property. Do not allow anyone to eat, drink, smoke, dispose of trash, use bathing or sleeping facilities, or bring pets. Leave the house as you found it unless instructed otherwise.
8. Use sidewalks; if weather is bad, take off shoes and boots inside property. Consider the use of shoe covers in inclement weather.
9. Politely remind parents to keep track of their children’s activities as children can wander unoccupied, or handle the sellers’ personal property.
III. RESPECT FOR PEERS
1. Identify your REALTOR® and professional status in all contacts with other REALTORS®.
2. Respond to other agents’ calls, faxes, and e-mails promptly and courteously.
3. Be aware that large electronic files with attachments or lengthy faxes may be a burden on recipients.
4. Notify the listing broker if there appears to be inaccurate information on the listing.
5. Share important information about a property, including the presence of pets; security systems; and whether sellers will be present during the showing.
6. Show courtesy, trust and respect to other real estate professionals.
7. Avoid the inappropriate use of endearments or other denigrating language.
8. Do not prospect at other REALTORS® open houses or similar events.
9. Return keys promptly.
10. Promptly provide showing reports to the listing agent.
11. Carefully replace keys in the lockbox after showings.
12. To be successful in the business, mutual respect is essential.
13. Real estate is a reputation business. What you do today may affect your reputation—and business—for years to come.