If you believe a real estate agent has acted in an unethical manner, two options are available to file a dispute.
Before you file a dispute, speak to the agent’s broker to see if the issue can be resolved. If that is unsuccessful, you may do one of the following:
1. File a dispute with the New Jersey Real Estate Commission. NJREC oversees all people who hold a real estate license in the state. They will investigate, and if violations against the license law are found, they can impose sanctions. Learn about their resolution process.
2. If the agent you have an Ethics complaint against is a REALTOR® (a member of the NEXUS Association of REALTORS®), you may file a dispute through NEXUS. NEXUS does not determine if license law has been violated. Association sanctions are most often educational but can include fines and suspension from the association.
NEXUS Dispute Process
2. The Grievance Committee then receives the ethics dispute to determine if, taken as true on their face, a hearing is warranted. The Grievance Committee makes only such preliminary evaluation as is necessary to make these decisions.
3. If the Grievance Committee determines that a matter requires a hearing, it will forward the dispute the Professional Standards Committee. They will also notify the parties that a mediation procedure is available as a preliminary, voluntary alternative to arbitration.
4. The Professional Standards Committee will hold an ethics hearing. If no one has requested the Respondent(s) reply to the dispute, he/she/they will be at this time. A hearing will then be scheduled, and all parties will be notified of the hearing's date, time and place. The hearings provide an opportunity for the Complainant and the Respondent to explain his or her side of the story by presenting testimony and witnesses, if any.
5. Once all the facts have been presented, a Hearing Panel, consisting of members of the Association chosen on the basis of experience, temperament and objectivity, will determine whether the Code of Ethics has been violated.
The Association will inform you about each step of this process as it occurs. The Association will also give you instructions about the hearing procedures prior to the hearing. The entire process will usually take a minimum of 60 days but may take longer.
2. List the Article(s) of the Code of Ethics that you think the REALTOR® violated. (The Association will also supply you with a copy of the Code of Ethics).
3. Attach an explanation of the situation surrounding the complaint. Be as specific as possible. State what, when, where, why and how you think the REALTOR®(s) violated each Article.
4. Attach 15 copies of any and all pertinent documents such as listing agreements, addendums, etc. If you have notarized statements from witnesses, include those also.
An ombudsman is an individual appointed to receive and resolve disputes through constructive communication and advocating for consensus and understanding.
NEXUS provides ombudsman services to our members and their clients.
Ombudsman procedures are intended to provide enhanced communications and initial problem-solving capacity at the local level. They do not determine if a violation has occurred. Rather, they anticipate, identify and resolve misunderstandings before they develop into disputes and possible charges of unethical conduct.