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The Code of Ethics’ North-of-the-Border Connection

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  1. Brad Knapp

    As well as being a REALTOR and Vice Chair of the NAR PS Committee, I am a steamship buff and have read extensively about the Titanic tragedy. It is interesting to me how things in life intertwine. I speak about Mr. Fortune and the Winnipeg Convention when I teach the Ethics class here in Ohio. I bring you the fact that in 1913 about the only way the convention delegation could get to Winnipeg was by train, most likely with connections through Chicago. There weren’t many paved roads back in 1913 especially in Alberta, Canada.

    As a footnote, I attended the 75th anniversary of the Titanic held in Wilmington Delaware in 1987. Although they were all old, there were about 7 or 8 survivors present including Mr. Fortune’s daughter who was in her 90′s at the time. I just recently was able to connect the dots.

    Brad Knapp, Lebanon, Ohio

  2. Thank you for sharing this interesting information. Things have changed drastically since then and still are. During my forty years in Real Estate since 1973 I had not ever heard this story. Either I just missed it or no one traveled that far back in history. I love things like this.
    Also, when I first began in Real Estate I had to “earn” the privilege and designation of being a Realtor.

  3. It is really good to be a member of a professional association that has a Code of Ethics that is 100 years old, and still viable. Ethics is even more important in today’s market when so much contact is via technology. The real estate industry has changed very much since I received a broker license In 1972. Keeping up with the changes is easier because of all the ethics, and education available today.

  4. This is very interesting. In all the classes I have taken for the Code of Ethics this was not covered. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Being a Titanic maniac, I learned something I didn’t know! You find little tid bits in the oddest places don’t you? Thanks for sharing. I got my broker’s license in 1977 and overall most of the decisions of the NAR have been great. I do take umbrage with “representing” someone in the same sense a lawyer does. On the oldest tablets real estate transactions are recorded. Some are extensive and over 6,000 years old. For 6,000 years the term “Broker” and “brokering” were clearly defined. A Broker while brokering is expected to treat EVERYONE who is a party to the transaction with fairness and diligence and answer all questions truthfully. It was good for over 6,000 but we changed it. I find this a decision by the NAR that was poorly thought out and has nothing to do with ethics. That is unless you think lawyers are ethical.

  6. DeeAnna Brown

    Interesting information, thank you.

  7. Mark Fortune, J. Hugo Ross, and Thompson Beattie, each a Realtor back in 1912, and The Code of Ethics, established in 1913, really come to life with the narrative
    provided. Thank you, Frederik Heller, for sharing your research!

    Danya R. Wolf, Realtor since 1976

  8. kishor vyas

    wow… that is interesting …. that there were three real estate agents in the Titanic boat…. thanks for sharing

  9. Leslie D. Klepner

    I am sure Canada and America share the same beliefs when it involves democracy.
    How lucky we are to live in two different countries with the same idea’s in the code of ethics.

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