Although the terms may be used interchangeably, they are not the same thing. All REALTORS® are real estate agents, but not all real estate agents are REALTORS®. So what’s the difference between a real estate agent and a REALTOR®? And how does it impact your bottom line?
What it takes to be a Real Estate Agent?
Real estate agent are licensed with the state to help people buy and sell houses, condos, and land. They typically have access to resources not available to the public, like the MLS service, and regularly take continued education in real estate to maintain their license.
It is always a good idea to have a licensed real estate profession on your side when making a property purchase worth hundreds-of-thousands of dollars. Their experience in negotiations and systems for searching, marketing, and networking take years to develop, and it is all at your service.
What it takes to be a REALTOR®?
A REALTOR® is a member of the National Association of REALTORS®, which has strict professional and ethical standards required for membership. This goes above-and-beyond what is required of most agents, and as a result REALTORS® can offer a better client experience.
When you hire a REALTOR®, you are hiring someone who will stand up for you and be your strong advocate throughout your home buying experience. Honesty, integrity, knowledge, and attention to detail are just a few of the traits that make a great real estate broker.
Every REALTOR® adheres to a strict Code of Ethics based on professionalism and protection of the public. We are held to a higher standard and you can expect honesty and ethical treatment in all real estate transaction matters.
At the Rarden Team, we are both members of the National Association of REALTORS®. These traits are the foundation of who we are and what we bring to the table as your advocates. Having a team means you get more support during this busy transition. Making your needs our first priority is our promise to you!