Frequently Asked Questions

Legal Hotline FAQ

A blog of the most frequently asked questions to the Maryland REALTORS Legal Hotline.

Cindy Sellers
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Is it illegal and/or unethical for an agent to refuse to show another company’s listing to a buyer client based on the compensation being offered to the agent by the listing company?

Article 1 of the NAR Code of Ethics requires REALTORS® to protect and promote the interests of their client.This means that it is a violation of the Code to place the agent’s interests ahead of the client’s.
Please keep in mind that Article 3, Standard of Practice 3-3 of the NAR Code of Ethics permits a listing broker and cooperating broker to enter into an agreement to change the cooperative compensation.  

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