What is a REALTOR®?
The main thing that distinguishes a REALTOR® from someone who’s merely licensed by the state to sell real estate is the REALTOR® Code of Ethics, which requires REALTORS® to put their clients’ interests first at all times.
The REALTOR® Code of Ethics was first adopted in 1913 as a voluntary document outlining the professional duties of membership. The code became mandatory in 1924, four years after the Texas Association of REALTORS® was formed. This was an era before licensing was required in many states. Today, the Texas Real Estate Commission is the licensing authority for agents and brokers in Texas.
Holding a real estate agent’s or real estate broker’s license does not make someone a REALTOR®. Membership in the National Association of REALTORS® entitles licensees to use the term REALTOR® on their business cards and in their marketing materials.
Hiring a REALTOR® means you’ve retained someone who is committed to continuing education, professionalism, and integrity. The vast majority of REALTORS® participate in a local multiple listing service (MLS), which gives you a distinct advantage whether you’re selling your home or looking for that special property.
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