The Code of Ethics for Real Estate

“Ethics” refers to customs, values, and practices a society or community considers to be morally sound, by which our behavior is measured. Ethics are considered especially important when related to the activities of skilled or influential professionals. Although there is not an official code for all real estate agents, many are members of the National Association of Realtors, which has an ethics code. The Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the National Association of Realtors has 17 articles which can be summarized in the golden rule: do to others as you would like them to do to you. Failure to follow this code of ethics can cause a member to lose his membership. While not all real estate agents are members of the NAR, all must follow a code of ethics. READ MORE

The Realtor Code of Ethics: What It Is and How to Apply It

NAR’s Realtor Code of Ethics, adopted in 1913, was one of the first codifications of ethical duties adopted by any business group.

Many professional fields have codes of ethics. But real estate is one of the only industries where the organization creating the code has both procedures and power.

Based on the concept of “let the public be served”, the code governs the dealings between Realtors, their clients, and the public interest.

Let’s explore the code of ethics, how it’s enforced, common violations, and the code’s influence on real estate. 

What are ethics in real estate?

Realtor ethics are guidelines to help strengthen customer awareness, trust, and legal practices in the industry. Ethical standards create consistency in the profession. They also make the consequences of ignoring these rules clear. READ MORE

Worrying About Illegal Real Estate Practices?

Whether you’re a buyerseller, or agent, it’s important to educate yourself about illegal real estate practices. As a buyer or seller, you can’t protect yourself from unethical behavior that could jeopardize your transaction unless you’re familiar with real estate laws. Agents also need to keep rules and regulations at the top of their minds to avoid making mistakes that could open themselves up to lawsuits.

No matter which side of the real estate transaction you’re on, here are some illegal real estate practices to watch out for.

What Are illegal in real estate practices?

Practicing Real Estate Without a Valid License

Everyone knows that it’s illegal to practice real estate without proper certification. But how many people ask an agent to see their license before they agree to work with them? The Realtor code of ethics should prevent this.

Whether you’re a buyer or seller, it’s a good idea to get your real estate agent’s license number and look it up to make sure it’s active. Every state has a website where you can verify that an agent is licensed and see any disciplinary actions taken against them. In California, you can use the Department of Real Estate’s database to get some background on an agent, which can help you decide if you want to hire them. READ MORE

Ralene Nelson, REALTOR®

649 Pinehurst Dr, Rio Vista, 2 Bd/2 Ba/970 Sqft

$405,000 – Stop the car Honey!! This gorgeous home is move in ready, just bring your clothes & toys to start living an active retirement life. You step into this home located on a corner lot, and beautifully landscaped and know this is the one. Two bedroom & two bath home has tile flooring with carpet in the bedrooms. Kicthen looks fresh with white painted cabinets & granite counters with all newer stainless appliances & tiled backsplash. Counter provides a bar for entertainment/dining. Primary bedroom has wall to wall closet & bay window that makes a spacious room. The upgraded bath has granite counters, sink & a barn door for privacy. Seller is using the 2nd bedroom as a den with mounted TV & hideaway couch for your guests. Stepping out to the patio area provides you additional space for entertaining & is fully fenced for your pets. Laundry is in the garage, & the garage is deeper than most. Furniture is optional & can be purchase with exception of bed. The Trilogy development offers homeowners 2 swimming pools/spas (1 indoor), bocce ball & tennis courts, full gym, billiards, computer room, golf course, restaurant/cafe & over 40 clubs to join. Whats keeping you from making this your next home? READ MORE

NEW PRICE – 295 Sage Meadows Drio Vista

3bed/3.5bath/2,367sqft/6,669sqft lot

NEW PRICE $549,000 – Calistoga model, with private courtyard, located on a corner lot. New interior paint (including garage) & tile/grout cleaned, gives this home a fresh look. Island kitchen with granite tile, black appliances, w/5 burner gas stove top & maple cabinets. Open floor plan makes this a great home for entertaining & the fireplace makes it cozy. Large master bedroom has bay window, upgraded tile in bath (walk in shower & tub). Den has been enclosed as well as another room, so this could be 4 bedrooms. One can be your den, other can be your craft/sewing room. 2nd bedroom has full bath, with courtyard entrance. Laundry room has sink, cabinets & folding space. Full patio & fencing secures this backyard for your family pet. Trilogy offers many amenities, from tennis, bocce, billards, pickle ball, golf, 2 pools & spas and even playground for grandchildren. Just bring your furniture & make new friends.READ MORE

FOR SALE – 181 Cedar Ridge Dr. Rio Vista

2 bed/2 bath/1,433sqft

$540,000 – Look no further!! This Clipper model is like a new home, completely renovated, from new sheet rock to all new cabinets throughout, new baths, laminate flooring, quartz counters, appliances, and new interior & exterior paint. Located on the 11th fairway, bring some patio furniture & enjoy the scenery. This model provides a living room/dining room & a nook/great room. Trilogy provides so many amenities, including 2 swimming pools/spas, bocce courts, billiards, tennis courts, pickleball, gym & more. READ MORE

FOR SALE – 731 Turnberry Ter Rio Vista
2 bed/2 bath/1410 sqft

$405,000 – NO BONDS-Spinnaker model with private backyard. This 2 bedroom, 2 bath home feels like a very relaxing cottage for a retirement home. The patio provides a quiet place for morning coffee & afternoon beverage. Den has built-in book/curio shelves & bay window. The Master bedroom has a bay window, which creates room for a sitting area. New hot water heater. Enjoy amenities such as golf, tennis, bocce, pools/spas & a new gym, and more. READ MORE

PENDING SALE – 1392 Lichen Ct, Concord
4 bed/3 bath/1,761sqft/7,980sqft lot

$889,000 – Look no further, as you enter this beautiful move-in ready home, you know this is the one, & it is located in a well-established neighborhood & close to shopping. Double front doors welcome you to this cheerful home that includes 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, and features a bedroom & bath on the main floor. This is perfect for a nanny or family member living with you. The home has new interior paint and new LVT plank flooring/carpet throughout. The kitchen was refreshed with open space with newer cabinets, granite tile counters, a sink, a built-in oven/electric cooktop, a garden window & sliding door to the patio. The chef will be delighted with the walk-in pantry. The kitchen/den features a mobile prepping block with storage. Also, the upstairs hall bath was remodeled to include a new tub/shower & tile floor. The majority of light fixtures are new & fireplace has a pellet stove insert. RV/boat parking, storage shed & backyard can accommodate a swimming pool/spa. The backyard has a few fruit trees & room for a garden/play area. Room for a large BBQ with all your family & friends. This home has so much potential for the next homeowner. Solar leased 3/2020 for 25 yrs. Don’t miss out!! READ MORE

PENDING SALE – 689 Waterwood Dr, Rio Vista
2 bed/2 bath/1,837sqft/5,436sqft lot

$550,000 – Breathtaking views as you step into this beautiful home, located on the 11th green & pond. Popular Reflect model with quartz counters, white cabinets, 5 burner gas stove top & refrigerator are included. Tile floors with carpet in bedrooms. A double-sided gas fireplace makes for a cozy den & living room. The primary bath has double sinks with a walk-in shower with w/bench seating. Shutters throughout the home. Walk out either slider onto the covered patio that is the full length of the home. Small piece of turf for your pet, low maintenance landscape (front & back) & fenced. The backyard is lovely & a great place for a BBQ. Washer/dryer are included & there’s a laundry tub in the garage. Prepaid solar lease, transferrable to the buyer for the remaining years of the lease. Just bring your furniture and enjoy all the amenities, such as 2 swimming pools/spas, bocce ball courts, tennis & pickle ball courts, horseshoes, billiards, a library, a computer room, etc. So many activities to enjoy, you can be as busy as you want or idle. There is a club for just about all your hobbies. READ MORE

PENDING SALE – 700 Michelbook Ln. Rio Vista
2 bed/2 bath/1,579sqft/5,693sf lot

$455,000 – Beautiful Atherton model, located in the Active Adult Community of Trilogy. Corner lot, 2 bedroom/2 bath home, with beautiful wood flooring, carpet in bedrooms & den. The kitchen has an island with granite counters, oak cabinets, some with glass fronts to show off your china, & gas range. Lots of counter space for the chef & has a pantry. The great room has built-in custom cabinets, a gas fireplace & overlooks the backyard. 65-inch mounted TV conveys with sale. Den also has built-in cabinets. The primary bedroom overlooks the backyard, the bath has double sinks & large walk-in closet. Fenced & private backyard with a roomy patio with all-weather cover.  READ MORE

PENDING SALE – 307 Birch Ridge Dr. Rio Vista
2 bed/2 bath/1,154sqft

NEW PRICE $395,500 – Updated Carmel model, in the active adult community of Trilogy. Just bring your furniture to this lovely 2 bedroom, 2 bath home with prepaid solar. Sellers have just finished with new interior paint, laminate flooring w/wider baseboards throughout, & painted cabinets. Kitchen has white cabinets, granite counters, electric stove top, stainless appliances & 2 pantries. Primary bedroom closet has built-in organizer & 2nd bath has walk-in tub w/shower over. Laundry room has additional storage, & 55 gal hot water heater. Shutters through out makes this a very cozy home. Fenced back yard for your pet and patio with all weather cover . This makes for a cozy backyard, and your within walking distance to the dog park & path around the lake. Water softner & reverse osmosis. This community offers many ammenities & social clubs, such as, tennis, bocce ball courts, pickle ball, beautiful gym overlooking the golf course, 2 swimming pools & spas, billiards, & computer room. Have coffee or lunch in the cafe & lunch/dinner at the Monarch Restaurant. Various clubs such as cycling, RV, dancing, drama & more. Refrigerator, washer/dryer convey with sale.

PENDING SALE – 710 Pinehurst Dr. Rio Vista
2bed/2bath/2,065sqft/5,345sqft lot

$439,000 – Solar owned & No Bonds!! Can’t get much better, this Hatteras model located in the Rio Vista Active Adult Community, Trilogy, offers drought-resistant landscaping & cozy back yard. Start the day with coffee on the patio & watch the sunset on the front porch. This home has 2 bedrooms, 2 baths with blinds throughout. The home has a living room/dining room combo and a family room/kitchen with tile floors in the kitchen/nook. Full patio with cover & is very private. The laundry room has a sink, washer/dryer convey with the sale, as well as refrigerators. Walking distance to Delta clubhouse, pro shop & Monarch Restaurant. Trilogy offers 2 swimming pools/spas, a cafe & restaurant, tennis courts, bocce ball courts, pickle ball, billiards & more. Just bring your furniture and enjoy your retirement life. READ MORE

Events in Northern California this Weekend

“Hop Into Spring” @ Belle Vie Vineyard 2023

Saturday, April 8 · 11am – 3pm PDT

Belle Vie Vineyard 19900 Sherman Island Cross Road Rio Vista, CA

2nd Annual “Hop Into Spring” at Belle Vie Vineyard.

Bring the whole family and enjoy a perfect Spring day with…

  • Artisan Market –11am-3pm – FREE!
  • Cash Bar & Food! 11am-3pm
  • Entertainment by Premier 6 Events 11am- 3pm – FREE!
  • Meet & Greet the Easter Bunny 11:30am – 2:30pm – FREE!
  • Easter Egg Hunt (reservations required) 12pm – 12:30pm $5 per child
  • & More!

This entire event is family friendly and FREE to attend however tickets are required to participate in the easter egg hunt. $5 per child with advanced reservations.


$5 per child to participate in egg hunt! (advanced reservations required)

Egg hunts will begin promptly at 12:00pm – Please arrive by 11:30am to check-in for egg hunt!

  • 12pm start – Under 4 years old
  • 12:15pm start- 4 to 7 year olds
  • 12:30pm start – 8 & up

Bring your own basket or bag to collect eggs & prizes

Please select age when purchasing your Egg Hunt tickets. Advanced tickets are required to ensure a fun time & enough eggs for all the participants!

Tickets for egg hunt are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled. EventBrite fees are not refundable READ MORE

Easter Egg-Stravaganza

Saturday, April 8 · 12 – 4pm PDT
Willow Park Mercantile 205 G Street Antioch, CA

Join Us Saturday April 8th Noon-4pm in Antioch’s Rivertown District for our 6th Annual Easter Egg-Stravaganza! Fun Filled Afternoon of Easter Fun with a Store to Store Easter Egg Hunt! READ MORE

Easter Weeekend Eggstravaganza

Saturday, April 8 · 10am – 5pm PDT
1149 1st St 1149 1st Street Benicia, CA

Super Saturday Easter Weekend Eggstravaganza is coming and the Easter Bunny is hosting a FREE Easter Egg Hunt at the top of every hour!!!

Grab your family and friends and come to Super Saturday Easter Weekend Eggstravaganza, located at beautiful City Park in Benicia on Saturday, April 8th from 10am-5pm.

This is a free event with with something for everyone! Delicious food, amazing drinks, live music, shopping, artisans, handcrafted goods, and a Kids Zone! Bring out your family and friends to beautiful Downtown Benicia for an amazing day out!

There are so many amazing artisans that are featured at every event! Make sure to mark your calendars!

Some of the small businesses include artisans and crafters of: candles, jewelry, hand crafted leather goods, crystals, home decor, clothing, accessories, soaps, ceramics, plants, and dried floral. We can’t forget about our food vendors that range from Filipino cuisine, Hawaiian cuisine, Mexican Cuisine, Vegan Cuisine, specialty fusion, artisanal baked goods and more!

City Park is located at 1149 1st Street in Benicia. READ MORE

Easter Bunny Event

Sat, Apr 8, 12 PM
Jessie’s Grove Winery, 1973 W Turner Rd, Lodi, CA

Easter Bunny Event
Come and join us as we host the Easter Bunny! This a family-friendly event! Photo-ops will be complimentary. Please bring your own camera as we do not have one 🙂

From 2pm – 6pm no reservations are needed for the Easter Bunny. For wine, tasting reservations are recommended. Please call 209-368-0880, opt 1.

Music: William Sconce (4pm – 7pm)
Food: The BoxCart Deli (1pm – 6pm)

You may also like the following events from Jessie’s Grove Winery:

Also check out other Food & Drink Events in Lodi. READ MORE

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