National Association of Realtors Code of Ethics celebrates 100 years
On July 29, 1913, the National Association of RealtorsÂ® adopted a Code of Ethics
at their annual convention in Winnipeg, Manitoba. But why did this momentous
event occur in Canada, of all places?
â€œFor many decades, the Winnipeg
Realtors Association, along with several other local and provincial real estate
associations in Canada, were members of the National Association of Realtors
(NAR),â€ writes Frederik Heller, manager of NARâ€™s archives and virtual library,
in a recent blog post.
In NARâ€™s 1908 constitution, the organization
stated its mission was to â€œunite the real estate men of Americaâ€ â€“ meaning all
of North America. In 1912, the constitution was revised to include â€œthe real
estate men of North America,â€ eliminating any confusion about the status of
members outside the U.S. In the late 1930s, the association expanded its
official territory to include the territories of Alaska and Hawaii, as well as
the Philippines, Canada, Mexico and Cuba.
â€œIn the associationâ€™s early
days, one of the highlights of each annual convention was a contest to decide
which city would host the next yearâ€™s meeting,â€ Heller explains. â€œA few months
before the [previous yearâ€™s] meeting, the R.M.S. Titanic famously collided with
an iceberg during its maiden voyage and sank in the Atlantic Ocean. Among the
1,502 passengers lost were three Realtor members from Winnipeg: Mark Fortune, J.
Hugo Ross and Thompson Beattie. It was in their memory that the 1912 delegates
chose Winnipeg to host NARâ€™s 6th annual convention.â€
Winnipeg and other
Canadian real estate boards left NAR in 1943 to join the newly formed Canadian
Real Estate Association, but Canada still remained part of NARâ€™s official
territory, at least on paper. It wasnâ€™t until 1959 that Canada was officially
removed from the territory described in NARâ€™s constitution.