RECE002FL3 Real Estate CE – Business Ethics Syllabus

RECE002FL3 Real Estate CE –
Business Ethics Syllabus

This course, RECE002FL3 Real Estate CE – Business Ethics, is a mandatory requirement by the State of Florida as part of your 14 hours of continuing education. A licensee must complete this three-hour course every two years. In addition to this state-mandated requirement, REALTORS® must complete a National Association of REALTORS® Code of Ethics Course every two years.

We will discuss the differences between ethics, morality, and the law. Business ethics are presented with examples of companies that operated unethically. Our culture is faced with tough ethical questions that we will take a look at. An examination of the REALTOR® Code of Ethics will be presented. And finally, we will look at five cases to discover whether the business is operating ethically or not.


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Course Outline

Lesson 1:  Foundation of Ethics (1 hour)

Lesson Topics


Ethics, Morality, and the Law

Business Ethics

Case Study

Corporate Scandals

  • Enron Corporation
  • Bernie Madoff
  • WorldCom
  • Volkswagen Emissions Scandal
  • Siemens AG
  • HP
  • Barings Bank

Ethical Principles for Business Executives


Lesson 2:  Ethical Issues in our Culture (1 hour)

Lesson Topics


Ethics in Business

  • Integrity and Trust
  • Diversity
  • Decision making
  • Compliance and Governance Issues

Ethics in Facial Recognition

  • Airlines
  • Catching criminals
  • Finding missing people
  • Medical Uses
  • Validation of purchases
  • Advertising
  • Ethical issues
  • Best practices

Ethics in Education

  • Choice of Instructor
  • Issues of Discipline
  • Ethnic and Social Diversity
  • Grading

Ethics in Sports

  • Gamesmanship
  • Sportsmanship

Ethics in Science

  • Edit children’s genomes?
  • Should we make everyone normal?
  • Should robots have the right to kill?
  • Should synthetic lifeforms be let loose?
  • Should we impose population controls?

Ethics in the Healthcare Industry

  • Avoiding conflicts of interest
  • Balancing profit with serving patients and providing charity care
  • Wrestling with equal treatment vs. VIP treatment for donors and other influential people
  • Managing pediatric and geriatric patients who may not have decision-making capacity.
  • Addressing nurses’ moral distress about providing care with minimal benefit.

Ethics in Real Estate

  • “Coming Soon” properties
  • Multiple offers
  • Unauthorized access
  • Social media
  • Settlement procedures
  • Property disclosure


Lesson 3:  Overview of NAR Code of Ethics (.5 hour)

Lesson Topics


Overview of the REALTORS® Code of Ethics

  • History
  • Preamble
  • Structure

Standard of Care


Lesson 4:  Case Studies (.5 hour)

Lesson Topics


Countrywide Financial Collapse

Skewing the Truth

Healthy or Not?

Bullard Houses

Conoco and Pollution


Final Exam


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