Difference between a realtor and real estate agent?

Answer

If you do a Google search for the phrase, “What is a realtor?,” then you will likely first see Google’s handy definition box that explains a realtor as “a person who acts as an agent for the sale and purchase of buildings and land; a real estate agent.”

What is a real estate agent?

I hate to burst your bubble, but Google has it only partially right. A real estate agent is “a person who acts as an agent for the sale and purchase of buildings and land.” In essence, it is anyone who has successful obtained a real estate sales license.

What is a realtor?

Real estate agent is NOT synonymous with REALTOR®. A REALTOR® is a real estate sales professional, who is a member of the National Association of REALTOR® (NAR) and has pledged to work by a higher standard, NAR’s code of ethics. You may say tomato/tomatoe but the difference can save everyday home sellers and buyers like you from a world of headache. REALTORS® pledge to uphold a higher standard of ethics and accountability.

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