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About Howard County Association of Realtors®


Only those real estate agents who agree to abide by a Code of Ethics may call themselves REALTORS®. As a member of HCAR, you also are a member of your State Association and the National Association of REALTORS®.

Every REALTOR® in the country is a member of the National Association of REALTORS®. NAR has a vast array of resources available to its members. Visit them at

If your office address is in Maryland you are most likely a member of Maryland REALTORS®. Visit them at

Our Mission

Howard County Association of REALTORS®

The Howard County Association of REALTORS® mission is to advance Howard County’s real estate industry by shaping public policy on real property issues; encouraging, promoting and teaching consistent standards for ethical practice and professionalism to our REALTOR® members.


Howard County Association of REALTORS®

Our membership is composed of residential and commercial REALTORS®, who are brokers, salespeople, property managers, appraisers, counselors and other professional companies engaged in all aspects of the real estate industry.

We are Realtors®

Howard County Association of REALTORS®

The term REALTOR® is a registered collective membership mark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics.

Code of Ethics/Dispute Resolution 

The Code of Ethics is a promise to the public that defines the professionalism and service to be expected from a member of the National Association of REALTORS®

Dispute Resolution If you believe that a Howard County Association of REALTOR® (HCAR) member acted unethically in a real estate transaction, you may address the issue through HCAR. 
For comprehensive information regarding Ethics Complaints, Ombudsman, Arbitration, and Mediation services please visit Maryland REALTORS® Legal page. 

Consumer Complaints If you wish to file an ethics complaint with HCAR against a member, you must complete and return the Ethics Complaint Form, citing the article(s) of the code of ethics you allege were violated and attach a written statement of facts. Complaints must be filed within 180 days after the facts were known. Once your complaint has been received, it will be forwarded to the Grievance Committee for its review and determination as to whether the matter warrants a formal hearing. You will be notified of the Grievance Committee’s action, and if the committee finds a hearing is warranted, steps will be taken to schedule the hearing. Should you have any questions, please contact Rita Williams, Administrator at (410) 410-715-1401.

Before You File An Ethics Complaint 

Ethics Complaint Form


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