When I revisit the Realtor Code of Ethics, I'm always inspired by the aspirational principles. It begins with "Under all is the land": This phrase is a powerfully descriptive beginning to the Preamble that sets the stage for all that follows. It clearly conveys the immense and all-encompassing nature of real estate. Land is critical to basics of food and shelter as well as the more sophisticated aspects of economy and prosperity. The interests of the nation require the highest and best use of the land.
The moral principle "Golden Rule" guides that which has been handed down through the centuries, embodied in the phrase: "Whatsoever ye would that others should do to you, do ye ever so to them."
The economic principle of "Widely Allocated Ownership" and "widest distribution of land ownership":These phrases are presented in terms of the "survival and growth of free institutions and of our civilization" and with the notion that "the interests of the nation and its citizens require . . . the widest distribution of land ownership." Such concepts speak to a fundamental premise upon which our nation was founded. Given that much of our law and governance derived from England, where the king held much of the available land, it is understandable why our nation's founders desired to have more than just a few individuals own vast quantities of it. REALTORS® support the fundamental concept that property ownership is vital to our country's interests.
We exist to "Protect the Public and the Profession's Integrity": Aspirations to "maintain and improve the standards of their calling," "strive to become and remain informed on issues affecting real estate," "identify and take steps to eliminate practices which may damage the public or which might discredit or bring dishonor to the real estate profession," and sharing "with fellow REALTORS® a common responsibility for the integrity and honor of the real estate business," all speak to REALTORS®' common obligations in protecting the public and the integrity of the profession.
These are the reasons why I'm proud to be a realtor.