A Video Produced by the National Association of REALTORS ® .
The history of the Code of Ethics is fascinating and ties into the many facets of business development in the United States. 

The code of ethics is a living breathing document that changes as the industry does.    NAR's Code of Ethics, adopted in 1913, was one of the first codifications of ethical duties adopted by any business group. The Code ensures that consumers are served by requiring REALTORS® to cooperate with each other in furthering clients' best interests.

This video from NAR reviews the history of our code and the evolution of organized real estate. 
A shorter version of this video (11:45) is available  here .
By Scott Bush
This year, the GMAR has received many complaints from sellers and listing agents about cooperating agents leaving properties damaged after showings. On several occasions, carpeting was pulled up from the corner, and left unattached to the floor. The practice of pulling up and dislodging the sellers’ carpeting is not the proper procedure to verify the existence of hardwood floors.

Recently, a listing agent reported to GMAR that wood paneling was pulled and ripped away from a basement wall! Photos of the damage suggest that the buyers likely wanted a look at the foundation; however, in attempting to pull back the paneling, it broke away. Again, this is not the proper method of verifying the condition of a basement wall. The same goes for determining the ease for which wallpaper can be removed by tearing off a piece. 

Damaging the sellers’ property, or allowing to happen, could result in an ethics complaint filed with the GMAR, and the Department of Safety and Professional Services. The police could also be called in because for allegations of vandalism and criminal damage to property.
We hope you enjoyed Issue #24 of Ethics Thursday brought to you by the Greater Milwaukee Association of REALTORS ® (GMAR). GMAR created this newsletter, each issue dedicated to a unique issue, because the REALTOR ® Code of Ethics, on which our industry is built, is the foundation of what it means to be a REALTOR ® .
Your proactive support of the Code of Ethics will assure your fellow REALTORS ® , as well as members of the public, that every member of GMAR operates under the highest ethical standards.
Questions, comments or concerns regarding this issue can be directed to
Scott Bush at the GMAR Office (414-778-4929 or scott@gmar.ws).