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REALTOR® vs. Real Estate Agent

 

There is a difference between a REALTOR® and Real estate agent

 

Ever wonder what the difference is between a REALTOR® and a real estate agent? You might think it’s just another way of saying the same thing. It’s not. Only real estate professionals who belong to the National Association of REALTORS® (as well as the state and local associations) can call themselves REALTORS®.

A real estate agent holds a state license but a REALTOR® has taken the extra steps to join the local board of REALTORS® and subscribes to a strict Code of Ethics. In other words, REALTORS® have to be fair to everyone in a deal because they answer to their peers.

Now you might be saying, “I can represent myself in the deal and I’ll save money.” Think of it this way: with a good REALTOR® you have an experienced professional who can guide you through the tricky stuff.

REALTORS® have access to many resources they may be able to get you a better deal, so that extra money you were planning to save by representing yourself will be covered.

Moreover, a REALTOR® will handle everything for you – from advertising to research to all that boring paperwork, so you’ll save time, too.

A REALTOR® knows the market and that will also save you time. If you try to sell your home by yourself you run the risk of overpricing it, prolonging how long that “For Sale” sign sits on your lawn.

When it comes to the buyer, a REALTOR® is the best person to negotiate the ins and outs of the sale. A REALTOR®:


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