Real Estate Agent vs. Realtor – What’s the Difference?

If you are using our free service to find a Realtor or a real estate agent in your area, did you know the titles “Realtor” and “Agent” describe different things?  Most people think that the terms “licensed real estate agent” and “licensed Realtor®” mean the same thing, but they really don’t.  A licensed real estate agent is an agent that has been licensed by the state after meeting the state’s licensing requirements, which usually involves a series of real estate classes and exams.  Realtors are real estate professionals that are professional members of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).  To join the National Association of REALTORS as a licensed Realtor, you have to already be a licensed agent and agree to abide by NAR’s rules and regulations.

Here’s an infographic that explains more.





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About Bill Petrey, Realtor

Bill Petrey, the CEO and Founder of AgentHarvest, has been written about in the Los Angeles Times, Inman News, AOL Real Estate, and Inman Next, among others. He founded AgentHarvest for the sole purpose of making the process of finding a good Realtor better and easier. Bill Petrey is an author and editor of both The AgentHarvest Blog, Real Examples of Really Rotten Realty Blog, and the creator of Really Rotten Realty.