Many people incorrectly use the term REALTOR® in a generic way to refer to all real estate agents. However, all agents are not REALTORS®. The term “real estate agent” is a generic term and refers to a sales agent who is responsible to a real estate broker and who is licensed by his or her state real estate commission to assist the broker in the business of buying, selling, exchanging, appraising, and managing property. A REALTOR® is a real estate agent who meets all these requirements, and more.
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 its strict Code of Ethics. The Code of Ethics contains rules of fairness and honesty that govern conduct and provide access to arbitration and dispute resolution. It provides a guide for long-term business success by helping to operate a real estate business smoothly and without obstacles.
You can’t afford to go it alone. Consult with a REALTOR®—a real estate agent who is a member of the Eastern Shore Association of REALTORS®. Only REALTORS® can earn the professional designations that keep them better informed in a changing market. Only REALTORS® subscribe to a strict Code of Ethics. Only REALTORS® have made that extra investment in their own careers so that they can better serve you.
I am a REALTOR!!
2016 Eastern Shore Association of Realtors PRESIDENT