If a current client of another REALTOR® asks you for a second opinion on general real estate practices, the Code of Ethics does not preclude you from offering one. Of course, you are not obligated to respond to such a request. If you do choose to offer your opinion, you should observe strict standards of professional integrity and provide objective, reliable information. In addition, the preamble of the Code of Ethics states that when offering such opinion, it should be “uninfluenced by any personal motivation or potential advantage or gain.”

Remember that it is a violation of Article 15 of the Code of Ethics to “knowingly or recklessly make false or misleading statements about other real estate professionals, their businesses, or their business practices.” Also keep in mind that Article 16 instructs that you “shall not engage in any practice or take any action inconsistent with exclusive representation or exclusive brokerage relationship agreements that other REALTORS® have with clients.”