Are you buying or selling your home? Don’t hire the first real estate sales professional you see in an advertisement. Or, the stranger you meet at a social event. Consequently, do you know their credentials? Many people don’t realize that there’s a Difference Between Realtors and Real Estate Agents.
What’s the difference? Which is preferred?
Difference Between Realtors and Real Estate Agents
We know that real estate professionals go to real estate school, study, and must pass an exam. Additionally, they must pass licensing exams in the state they wish to work.
Therefore, if you live in Ohio, you typically cannot hire a professional who is licensed in Ohio to help with your home purchase in Florida. Unless, however, they are also licensed in Florida.
Also, the title of “Real Estate Agent” is considered a starting point.
The Next Step
A Real Estate Agent who takes “the next step” in their real estate career earns the title of “Realtor.”
A Realtor is a Real Estate Agent who is a member of the “National Association of Realtors.”
Why is that a big deal? It’s because Realtors must abide by the standards and strict code of ethics of the association. Real estate agents can become members of the National Associations of Realtors (NAR) after becoming a member of a local real estate board.
Finally, the term Realtor is a registered trademark. Additionally, Realtors must belong to both a local association or board and also a state association.
What Else Should You Look For?
In addition to having the title of Realtor, ensure that the professional you hire has other qualities. Therefore, read my blog article, “How to Choose a Good Realtor,” to help you make the best choice.
Consequently, I’d love to be your Realtor if you’re buying or selling a home in Florida, especially in Palm Coast and Flagler County.
Contact me for an initial appointment. I look forward to hearing from you!
Dana Davis Properties/DHR (Distinguished Homes Realty)
Phone: (386) 569-4998