According to Realtor.com, “A real estate agent is a REALTOR® when he or she is a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, The Voice for Real Estate® — the world’s largest professional association.” Not every Real Estate Agent is a Realtor.
Realtors have to abide by a strict Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. They must take courses before they are allowed to join the National Association of Realtors and must take continuing education courses in order to retain membership. Real estate agents cannot legally use the name Realtor unless they have joined the National Association of Realtors. Some people mistakenly call Real Estate Agents “Realtors” without realizing what the designation means.
The term Realtor is a registered trademark of the National Association of Realtors. Members are allowed to use it on their business cards and marketing materials. They abide by the code of ethics that covers ethical requirements that deal with anything from working with customers and fellow agents to writing truthful advertising. Realtors are also accountable for the actions. If you are thinking of buying or selling a home, think about choosing a Realtor as your next agent.
Tammy Hayes, Realtor, Sandals Realty, Punta Gorda, FL firstname.lastname@example.org