What’s the difference between a real estate agent and a REALTOR®?
A real estate agent is licensed in the state that they work in. They are independent contractors who work for small or large brokerages that help folks buy, sell, rent, and even invest in all kinds of different real estate transactions.
The education requirements that must be met include pre-licensing education from an in class or online program and successful completion of their state exam. After which, an individual will go off to join a brokerage.
Intriguingly, a REALTOR® is a real estate agent or even a broker who is associated with the National Association of REALTORS® also known as NAR for short. They are the same as the real estate agent mentioned above but these individuals take their job a bit for seriously. Basically, a REALTOR® obligates him or herself to a strict codes and ethics that are put in place to safeguard buyers and sellers.
Here’s an interesting fact: Agents who are not NAR members can’t call themselves REALTORS®.
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