When you are help someone buy a house, “it’s the closest you’ll ever get to anyone,” Hartman said.
Realtors are held to an even higher standard than real-estate agents, she said.
The registered trademark identifies professionals who are members of the National Association of Realtors, which includes adherence to a strict code of ethics first adopted in 1913.
Strict compliance with guidelines such as the Fair Housing Act is required. Realtors, for example, would not be allowed to handle any transaction where the seller called for restrictions based on race, nationality, gender or sexual orientation.
The national, state and county associations monitor compliance within the organization, Hartman said, as do outside agencies, such as the New York State Division of Human Rights.
“We are proud of the fact that we monitor our own members,” she said.
In preliminary remarks, Clinton County Legislature Chairman Jimmie Langley said he has great respect for the work they do on a daily basis.
“For a purchaser, a home is one of the best assets in their life,” he said. “Thank you for all you do to help Americans realize their dream.”
Langley said it is one of the big economic drivers for Clinton County.
“You don’t need me to tell you what a great place Clinton County is to live in. You sell that on a daily basis,” he said.
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