NHAR Ombuds are trained REALTOR® members who are familiar with the Code of Ethics, state real estate regulations and current real estate practice. They can field and respond to a wide variety of inquiries and issues, including general questions about real estate practice, transaction details, ethical practice and enforcement issues. These inquiries can come from members of the public or other REALTOR® members.

Ombuds can receive and respond to questions and concerns about members, can contact members to inform them that a client or customer has raised a question or issue and can contact members to obtain information necessary to provide an informed response.

The Ombuds’ role is one of communication and conciliation, not adjudication. Ombuds can help identify and resolve misunderstandings and disagreements before matters ripen into disputes and possible charges of unethical conduct.

Ombuds do NOT:

  • Make decisions or determine right or wrong
  • Give legal advice
  • Refer matters to the NH Real Estate Commission
  • Refer matters to Grievance unless possible violation of the public trust is involved

For more information about the NHAR Ombuds Program and/or to speak with an Ombuds, call 603-225-5549.

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"Amidst the sea of change to which the New Hampshire Association of REALTORS has played witness in its 85 years, one thing that has remained constant is the Realtor 'R' and the value we bring to every real estate transaction in which we take part. We are part of a unique community where our familial cooperation transcends our business competition. These are not mere platitudes, but our living ideals, and they are, in fact, the foundation on which we conduct ourselves in our day-to-day affairs."

Joanie McIntire, 2024 President, New Hampshire REALTORS