We are rich only through what we give, and poor only through what we refuse.
My experience tells me that real estate professionals have done transactions for friends and family for no commission. This is pro bono service. Attorneys do the same. But while the attorney Code of Ethics provides for this charitable work, the Realtor Code of Ethics does not. I think it ought.
I have lobbied for the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) to include a pro bono provision in the COE. The purpose is to recognize that Realtors ARE doing pro bono work. It will get mainstream media coverage and perhaps help boost the Realtor brand, which has taken a beating over the years.
Even if it never makes it to the NAR COE, consider, if you are able, being a pro bono broker for someone in your neighborhood who is in dire straits. Give and become rich.