Rules & Regulations

A Multiple Listing Service is a means by which authorized MLS Broker participants establish legal relationships with other participants by making a blanket unilateral contractual offer of compensation and cooperation to other Broker participants; by which information is accumulated and disseminated to enable authorized participants to prepare appraisals, analyses and other valuations of real property for bonafide clients and customers; by which participants engaging in real estate appraisal contribute to common databases; and is a facility for the orderly correlation and dissemination of listing information among the participants so that they may better serve their clients, customers, and the public. Entitlement to compensation is determined by the cooperating broker’s performance as a procuring cause of the sale or lease.

Please download a copy of the CRMLS Standardized Rules and Regulations with the following link:

CRMLS Rules & Regulations

The purpose of the CRMLS citation policy is to ensure the integrity of the MLS including the currency and accuracy of its information. Fines will be issued and processed in accordance with this Citation Policy. The citable offenses and fines are subject to change upon approval of the CRMLS Board of Directors. The Citation Policy is in addition to and does not replace the provisions of Section 14 of the CRMLS MLS Rules and Regulations.

CRMLS Citation Policy

The Clear Cooperation Policy is a NAR-mandated policy that governs the public marketing of listings and their entry into the multiple listing service. Within one (1) business day of marketing a property to the public, the listing broker must submit the listing to the MLS for cooperation with other MLS participants.

NAR Clear Cooperation Policy

The Code of Ethics establishes the foundation on how REALTORS® are to operate as professionals in the Real Estate Industry. Not every Real Estate Professional is a REALTOR®; only those who adhere to the 17 Articles of the Code of Ethics which defines a higher standard of professionalism and behavior in three categories: Duties to Customers and Clients, Duties to the Public, and Duties to other REALTORS®. By becoming a REALTOR®, members agree to the duties and responsibilities outlined in the Standards of Practice for each of the 17 Articles, and are subject to be sanctioned if found to be in violation of any article.

If you are a REALTOR®, please take the time and familiarize yourself with the National Association of REALTORS® Code of Ethics, as this is the foundation on how to conduct your business. If you have any questions on the Code of Ethics, or would like training, please call SRCAR® at (951)894-2571.

REALTOR Code of Ethics

REALTORS® are required to complete ethics training within three-year cycles. The training must meet specific learning objectives and criteria established by the National Association of REALTORS®. We are currently in Cycle 6 which is from 2019 to 2021. The current three-year cycle will end December 31, 2021.

Regardless of when a member took the training during the last Quadrennial cycle (2013 – 2018), ALL SRCAR® members MUST take Ethics training again during the new Triennial-cycle (2019-2021). Failure to complete training during any cycle will lead to suspension of membership. You have several options for taking Code of Ethics training by December 31, 2021.

If you have already taken an ethics or 8 hour survey class that is at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of instructional time in 2019 or plan on taking one in 2020 or 2021 please forward a copy of the certificate of completion to [email protected] for filing, thank you.

Here are the options for taking the Code of Ethics training:

(Select Only One Option)


Course NameHoursNAR Code
of Ethics Credit
Education Credit
Updates NRDS
California Continuing Education Course:
(Ethics) California
3The CE Shop
Salesperson First Time Renewal
45-Hour Package – Ethics
All Other Renewal
45-Hour Package – Ethics
Code of Ethics
Non-CE Version
Code of Ethics
CE Version
Ethics Spotlight
Articles 1 – 3
Ethics Spotlight
Articles 10 – 12
SiG-102: Ethics2.5SRCAR
Replay: National Code of Ethics Day
Monday, December 20, 2021 10am – 1pm

Current Cycle
January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2021

Future Cycle
January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2024
January 1, 2025 to December 31, 2027

REALTORS® are different from non-member licensees in that they voluntarily subscribe to a strict Code of Ethics. If you believe that a REALTOR® has violated one or more Articles of the Code of Ethics, you can file an ethics complaint alleging a violation(s) through the local association of REALTORS® where the REALTOR® holds primary membership, or participates in a REALTOR® association-owned/operated MLS.

In addition, REALTORS® agree as a condition of membership to arbitrate contractual disputes and specific non-contractual disputes as provided for in Article 17 of the NAR Code of Ethics.

Below is a link to several resources to help you understand what filing and processing an ethics complaint and arbitration request entails, and the general process you can expect when filing an ethics complaint or arbitration request with a local association of REALTORS®. Check with the local association of REALTORS® to ensure you have the proper forms required by that association.

The Advertising Guidelines is a comprehensive collection of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) based on information gathered from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), the California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.), the California Bureau of Real Estate (BRE), the California Regional Multiple Listing Service (CRMLS) and the opinion and research of The Giardinelli Law Group, APC. This information is subject to periodic change. The Advertising Guidelines should address many of your questions related to advertising and marketing in the real estate industry. The rules discussed should be read individually to determine actual applicability for the specific circumstance. The Advertising Guidelines is a living document and subject to change.

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Last modified: March 28, 2023 at 9:02 am | Originally published: October 10, 2019 at 7:21 pm
Printed: July 14, 2024