Not All Real Estate Agents are REALTORS®.
Before selling any kind of real estate, a person must hold a license in the state that they work, either as an agent/salesperson or as a broker.
Before a license is issued, minimum standards for education, examinations and experiance, which are determined on a state by state basis, must be met.
The term “REALTOR®” is a registered collective membership mark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribes to a strict Code of Ethics which in many cases goes beyond state law.
Not Every Agent is a REALTOR®.
A REALTOR® is held to an even higher standard of conduct under NAR’s Code of Ethics. In recent years, state laws have been passed setting up various duties for different types of agents. As you start working with a REALTOR®, ask for a clear explanation of your state’s current regulations, so that you will know where you stand on these important matters.