Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County! (Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)

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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Technically there is a difference. But there are plenty of real estate agents who are far more ethical than some REALTORS who are members of NAR. IT is not a guarantee of competence, or ethics, unfortunately

Apr 01, 2016 02:26 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Richard Weeks answered properly, but I think this is not where you were going with this question. The real difference in my opinion is a Realtor, abides by the Code of Ethics, whereas a real estate agent need not do so.

Apr 01, 2016 01:56 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

We know that supposedly Realtors stick to a higher level of ethics... but I've come across many Reatlors who are anything but ethical, and non-Realtors who are totally ethical.

Apr 01, 2016 03:00 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker


If you get a license to sell real estate you are a real estate agent.  If you join a local, state and national association you are a REALTOR® and thus are allowed to use the REALTOR® treadmark.


Apr 01, 2016 01:32 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

  Hi, Ginger Harper 

    NAR's drivel that, "real estate agents who belong to NAR are ethical; real estate agents who do not belong to NAR are not ethical", is absurd. 

    The only difference I "feel" is when a non-NAR member doesn't have a lockbox key and needs access to my listing, or doesn't have the standard Florida forms to make an offer on my listing, and needs to get them from me.   I am happy to oblige them.

Apr 01, 2016 02:11 AM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

So many good answers.  This does give one pause to THINK!

Thank YOU..

Apr 01, 2016 06:43 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

In order to become a REALTOR you must be a "real estate agent" therefore the difference boils down to a membership and dollars. That said there are about 2 million agents and roughly half of those are Realtors. I'm in the other 50% Ginger!   

Apr 01, 2016 05:27 AM
Shawn and Angela Miller
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Amabassador Real Estate - Lincoln, NE
Lincoln and Omaha, NE REALTORS®

Yes, big difference from my experience.  They don't have to share their listings.  This happened a few years ago.  A small town a ways away, a local real estate agent who had that market cornered, had a listing.  Some buyers of mine were thinking about moving there.  I called the agent to schedule a showing.  After 5 minutes of him brerating me for being a REALTOR®, he told me that my buyers would have to call him directly because he doesn't share his listings.  Hung up on me.  I was stunned! What just happened?  My broker called him the next day and got the same speech. Oh well, he lost a sale because my buyers did not want to deal with him after that either! 

Another  client of ours moved to town and we sold him a home using a local bank bridge loan while his other house was listed on the market by a local real estate agent.  Other REALTORS® weren't allowed to show and finally after almost two years, the house sells and seller could pay off the bridge. Luckily the local bank allowed the seller to renew the bridge a few times.

Both examples seem pretty unethical in my opinion to both buyers and sellers.

Apr 01, 2016 05:21 AM
Jeff Pearl
Samson Properties / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

I don't think the public or agents really care. Agents should be ethical whether or not they are a REALTOR, but many aren't.

Apr 01, 2016 05:11 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Yes the Realtor is approximately $500 lighter ......

Apr 01, 2016 05:09 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

REALTOR is supposed to mean a member of NAR, with all the accompanying ethics training. I think that association has been lost and the terms are now used interchangeably. I wish we were not forced to join NAR, but not for ethics reasons, just to keep costs down. The ethics part doesn't seem to make any difference.

Apr 01, 2016 05:08 AM
Susan Laxson CRS
Palm Properties - La Quinta, CA
Realtor in San Diego, CA & Naples, FL

I agree with Jeff Dowler CRS!

Apr 01, 2016 03:52 AM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Jeff Dowler CRS has this one.

Apr 01, 2016 03:32 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Ginger Harper I don't think the general public really cares. To them all agents are REALTORS®. Unfortunately, if joining the NAR wasn't required for lockbox access and in some cases the MLS, you would see a lot more real estate agents. Joining a trade association doesn't make an agent more ethical.

Apr 01, 2016 03:16 AM
Toronto, ON

REALTORs are members of CREA in our great land.  REALTORs are members of NAR in our next door neighbour.

Apr 01, 2016 03:12 AM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

Absolutely, a REALTOR is a member of NAR!

Apr 01, 2016 02:48 AM
Sandra Steele
Wise Choice Properties, Sedona/Verde Valley Branch - Cottonwood, AZ
Integrity, Knowledge - 37 Years of Experience!!!

Most definately.  Also, when using the word Realtor® always use the ® after the word.  A Realtor® belongs to the National Association of Realtors® and belongs to a Board of Realtors®. A real estate agent may or many NOT be a Realtor®.  Hope this helps.

Apr 01, 2016 02:15 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

A good agent is all things.....

Apr 01, 2016 02:14 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I also add --- by being a REALTOR, you support the rights of homeowners!

Apr 03, 2016 03:26 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Jeff Dowler CRS scores with his answer.  

Apr 02, 2016 05:36 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Honestly, I don't FEEL there is a difference at all.  The COE is not followed by enough REALTORS.

Apr 02, 2016 01:01 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Not in the eyes of the typical consumer. 

Apr 01, 2016 11:02 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Jeff Dowler nailed it. Nothing more to be said!

Apr 01, 2016 10:16 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 If you want to get into the technicalities, there is. However; most folks  feel the words are synonymous.

Apr 01, 2016 07:40 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Burlington, MA
Metro Boston Homes For Sale

Ginger Harper - Yes, there is a difference. NAR members are REALTOR(r) and have to abide by COE and take Ethics course once in 4 years.

Apr 01, 2016 04:54 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

The R is more train then just a real estate agent.

Apr 01, 2016 10:43 AM
Debbie Laity
CinaJones Real Estate - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County

I can't really answer this. Due to MLS rules, all of the agents in my area are REALTORS®. So I haven't experienced working with those that aren't a member of NAR. 

Apr 01, 2016 10:28 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

No.  None.  I see plenty of "Realtors" who don't know the code of ethics and couldn't care any less about it if they did.  All "Realtor" says to me is a (most likely forced) member of NAR.

Apr 01, 2016 08:06 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

One pays dues, the other does not.

And one follows a Code of Ethics.

I have met very few who are not members, and have not notice any difference.

Apr 01, 2016 07:45 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

It's supposed to be the code of ethics and experience.  Sometimes there is, sometimes, not so much.

Apr 01, 2016 07:36 AM
Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 -

Just because the public doesn't recognize the value of NAR doesn't make it worthwhile.

I would remind those who see no difference that CRS has the same problem with public recognition of its value. And CRS is a subsidiary of NAR.

Apr 01, 2016 06:10 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

REALTORS® and practitioners are now split 50/50, down from 2/3 being practitioners before the meltdown. That should tell you something.

Apr 01, 2016 05:31 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

REALTOR - club member in good standing, waves the flag, same ole, same ole.

Real estate agent - knows how to sell and acquire real estate without the MLS. That is a BIGGIE!

Apr 01, 2016 03:35 AM