What is the difference between a licensed REALTOR and a licensed real estate agent? Hmmmm. You didn’t know there was a difference? Well, there is! A huge difference.
A licensed real estate agent is just that. Someone with a real estate license. They can sell houses and many builders use licensed AZ real estate licensees. This is very different from an AZ REALTOR®. See the little ® at the end of REALTOR®? This means REALTOR in all caps is a registered trademark. That is the first difference but not the main one.
The main difference is when you join the National Association of REALTORS, you agree to adhere to a high standard of conduct. This is called the REALTOR Code of Ethics.
Duties to Clients and Customers
Duties to the Public
Duties to REALTORS®
A REALTOR® through their dues also is part of a local association. In my case it is Southeast Valley Association of REALTORS or also known as SEVAR. With this comes the ability to join Supra and offer clients the ability to put their property on the MLS and secure it with a lockbox for showings. Non REALTORS® cannot do this. They do not have the ability to put your home in the MLS because they have not joined NAR.
For more questions about being a REALTOR® or the differences between a REALTOR® and an Arizona licensed Real Estate Agent, please call us at 480-577-8272
Michelle Shelton is an Associate Broker with eXp Realty. She is the Treasurer of the Arizona Regional MLS and serves on the Board of Directors with Arizona Association of REALTORS® as well as Southeast Valley Regional Association of REALTORS®. Michelle is also on the Rules Committee at ARMLS and serves on various task forces for ARMLS. She is also Chair of the Audit Committee. Michelle is active in raising the bar in the real estate industry as a whole. She has a passion for people and the rights of homeowners. As a Public Speaker and Writer, she has written for various magazine and trade publications and speaks Nationwide regarding the loss of her son, grief and emotional health.
She is a Certified Negotiations Expert, has attended Accredited Buyer classes and is a real estate instructor with Internal Dynamics Real Estate School.
Michelle enjoys time with her husband and family, writing, gardening, reading and is a huge fan of personal growth.