Code of Ethics


Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the CCIM Institute of the National Association of REALTORS®

CCIM DESIGNEES and CCIM Institute CANDIDATES are members of the CCIM Institute (referred to herein as the Institute). Where the term “CCIM Institute Members” is used in this Code and Preamble, it shall apply to both categories of membership.  While the Code of Ethics establishes obligations that may be higher than those mandated by law, in any instance where the Code of Ethics and the law conflict, the obligations of the law must take precedence.  

Under all is the land. Upon its wise utilization and widely allocated ownership depend the survival and growth of free institutions and of our civilization. Institute members should recognize that the interests of the nation and its citizens require the highest and best use of the land and the widest distribution of land ownership. They require the creation of adequate housing, the building of functioning cities, the development of productive industries and farms, and the preservation of a healthful environment.  Such interests impose obligations beyond those of ordinary commerce. They impose grave social responsibility and a patriotic duty to which Institute members should dedicate themselves, and for which they should be diligent in preparing themselves. Institute members, therefore, are zealous to maintain and improve the standards of their calling and share a common responsibility for its integrity and honor.  In recognition and appreciation of their obligations to clients, customers, the public, and each other, Institute members continuously strive to become and remain informed on issues affecting real estate and, as knowledgeable professionals, they willingly share the fruit of their experience and study with others. They identify and take steps, through enforcement of this Code of Ethics and by assisting appropriate regulatory bodies, to eliminate practices which may damage the public or which might discredit or bring dishonor to the CCIM designation, the CCIM Institute or the real estate profession.  CCIM Institute members having direct personal knowledge of conduct that may violate the Code of Ethics involving misappropriation of client or customer funds or property, willful discrimination, or fraud resulting in substantial economic harm, bring such matters to the attention of the appropriate Board or Association of REALTORS® and the CCIM Institute. (NAR Amended 1/00; CCIM Amended 10/06)  Realizing that cooperation with other real estate professionals promotes the best interests of those who utilize their services, Institute members urge exclusive representation of clients; do not attempt to gain an unfair advantage over their competitors, and they refrain from making unsolicited comments about other practitioners.