Holiday Spirit: Pro Bono Real Estate Services

Posted by: Joseph Ferrara on November 25th, 2009

We are rich only through what we give, and poor only through what we refuse.

Anne-Sophie Swetchine

For Thanksgiving.

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.

Happy Thanksgiving.



2 Comments on “Holiday Spirit: Pro Bono Real Estate Services”

Alan Barker

Pro Bono is a good thing. And the fact of the matter is that we really are blessed by giving service to others.


do you know anyone who can do a pro bono for me on a real estate transaction. seller is in breach of contrACT. I HAVE TWO CASES. APPX. VALUE $50K. i DON’T MIND PAYING AFTER WE COLLECT COMMISSIONS.

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