REALTOR vs Real Estate Agent. Is There a Difference?
Both have to go to real estate school.
Both have to pass the real estate exam.
Both have to hang their license with a broker. Both can sell real estate.
To quote NAR: “A REALTOR® is a member of the National Association of REALTORS®.
The term REALTOR® should never be used as a substitute for “real estate agent.”
REALTORS® are held to a strict code of ethics and professional standards, established by NAR, that are designed to protect you and others while conducting the business of real estate . “The REALTOR® marks let people know that you are more than just a real estate practitioner.” I quote from NAR. Agents who are not members of NAR, are not allowed to use the trademark.
Full capitalization of the word with a block “R” logo is required for proper use of the trademark, although other variations may be accepted under different circumstances.
To learn more about the proper use of the trademark, visit https://www.nar.realtor/logos-and-trademark-rules/top-5-things-you-need-to-know-about-the-realtor-trademarks.
I’m a proud member of the National Association of Realtors®, The Arizona Association of Realtors®, The Phoenix Association of Realtors® and The Arizona Multiple Regional Listing Service.
I’m a graduate of the Bud Crawly School of Real Estate and a graduate of HomeSmart’s SmartLaunch program (an advanced real estate business and marketing program).