Efforts under way to enhance professional standards for REALTORS®

Chris Read, chair of the IAR Professional Standards Committee and REALTORS® Chris Chase and Michael Parent, special task force chairs on Ethics Education and the Publishing of Ethics Violations.

IAR’s ombudsman program has now handled 139 cases since it’s inception and more than 70 percent of cases handled through the process have been resolved.
The program, established late last year, allows consumers with disputes against REALTORS® and REALTORS® with disputes with other REALTORS® to have the issues heard by a trained third-party.
The results of the program were reported by IAR Professional Standards Committee Chair Chris Read at the association’s business meetings in Itasca, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014.
Under consideration for IAR’s Board of Directors at their upcoming Sept. 4 meeting in Chicago is the publication of information about ethics violations around the state as well as a new ethics citation program. The policies would work toward a goal of enhancing professionalism in the industry.
IAR Treasurer Mike Drews spoke briefly to the group about his new role on the National Association of REALTORS Code of Ethics Expediated Ethics Procedures Work Group.
The 2014 NAR Code of Ethics is available for download.
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About Ann Londrigan

Ann Londrigan is Director of Association Outreach and Marketing for the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. She is responsible for increasing member engagement in and awareness for IAR Governmental Affairs and the RVOICE program as well as increasing participation in the REALTORS® Political Action Committee. She is responsible for overall marketing plans for IAR member benefits, educational products and events and is the content manager for IAR's Facebook page and LinkedIn discussion group. She manages the IAR Welcome Center, serves as staff liaison to the University of Illinois Regional Economics Applications Laboratory, and coordinates the IAR housing stats program.

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