Arizona REALTORSÂ® Supports the National Association of REALTORSÂ® Action to Curb Hate Speech
By Autumn Jarrett -
Friday Nov 20, 2020
The National Association of REALTORSÂ® (NAR) Board of Directors has voted to approve a series of recommendations from NARâ€™S Professional Standards Committee that extends Article 10 of the Code of Ethics to include discriminatory speech and conduct beyond a memberâ€™s real estate practice.
â€œOur members statewide have long adhered and made the commitment to uphold the principles of fair housing as well as NARâ€™s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice,â€ says Arizona REALTORSÂ® CEO Michelle Lind. â€œAs new standards and revisions are introduced, we will continue to abide by those strict ethical mandates.â€
Article 10 prohibited REALTORSÂ® from discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity in the provision of professional services and employment practices. The recently approved Standard of Practice supplements Article 10 by stating that â€œREALTORSÂ® must not use harassing speech, hate speech, epithets, or slursâ€ against individuals of those protected classes.
Other approved changes include expanding the Article 10 Code of Ethicsâ€™ applicability to all of a REALTORÂ®â€™s activities, not just activities performed as part of their real estate practice. â€œThe new Code of Ethics expansion now takes into account all of a REALTORSÂ® activities,â€ said Lind. â€œIn considering these new policies, NAR recognizes the importance of advancing equity and fairness in the real estate industry and ensuring access to the American Dream for all.â€
Additional guidance within the Code of Ethics and Arbitration Manual assists professional standards hearing panels in applying the new standard by revising the definition of â€œpublic trustâ€ in the NAR Bylaws to include all discrimination against the protected classes under Article 10, along with fraud; and continuing the requirement for associations to share with the state real estate licensing authority final ethics decisions holding REALTORSÂ® in violation of the Code of Ethics in instances involving real estateâ€“related activities where there is reason to believe the public trust may have been violated.
While Arizona REALTORSÂ® will be implementing these changes immediately, the changes are not applicable to REALTORSÂ® speech or conduct that occurred before the effective date.