Realtor vs real estate agent

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Real Estate Agent with Re/Max Professional Associates 74203

This blog is directed to Jon at ActiveRain and the Realtor members at ActiveRain.

  All Realtors are real estate agents but all real estate agents are not Realtors.  You need to have a category called Realtor.  The little R means big things.  I understand you have a problem with trying to police the issue.  Let us do that.  We are doing that right now.  Realtors who are non-Realtors still advertising as a Realtor.  Our local boards will follow up. I have been active in my board.  Board president, 25 years on Professional Standards, Chairman of MLS-PIN, etc.  We have a Code of Ethics second to no one.
If you are to reach the million plus Realtors then give them another reason to become a member of ActiveRain.  It will only add more credibility.  I talked to a number of Realtors at the Boston RainCamp and they feel strongly about this issue.  I believe this is an issue that needs to be discussed and reviewed by you and the other decision making members of ActiveRain. Millions and millions of dollars have been spent branding the Realtor image.  It is so important that the public know the difference between agents and Realtors.

Help us Realtors.

 

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Lenn Harley
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I suspect that, if there were real differences in the execution of their duties as agents and brokers betwen Realtors and non-Realtors, the public would have perceived. 

I would probably be in favor of your suggestion if the NAR were about 1/4 it's size, charged about 1/4 the local dues and shut down their public advertisements that are often more embarrasing than helpful, i.e., "Real estate is a great investment" broadcase regularly during the 2007-2008 real estate market crash.

My total dues for two states are about $1400.  I do NOT get $1400 worth of services for that amount of money.

 

Jul 27, 2010 07:47 AM #2
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Loreena Yeo
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Huge misunderstanding with the word, Realtor even within the industry itself, how would you/ could you expect that the public to tell the difference?

Jul 27, 2010 07:50 AM #3
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Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
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With all due respect, it is up to NAR, state and local boards as well as Realtor members to destinguish themselves in the minds of the public.

Our local MLS has a small MLS water mark in MLS/public listing photos and these listings are CONSTANTLY being SCAMMED on Craigslist.  I have suggested to our current and past board presidents to make a LARGER photo atermark and they have disagreed.....meanwhile, most of the larger PM firms no longer support to post rental listings in the MLS and have their own html for CL with HUGE watermarks.

My point is that sometimes the Realtor associations need to GET OUT OF THE WAY from doing it the old-fashioned-way and ADAPT!!!

To Lenn's point I pay well over $2,000/year in dues because of my additional $600 IREM/CPM membership and I DEFINITELY do not get that much in benefits.

Jul 27, 2010 07:52 AM #4
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Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Wallace,

Massachusetts is a little different.  Our MLS is not board owned.  It is Realtor owned.  I don't disagree that it is up to local, state and NAR to educate the public.  My point is that activerain does not have a Realtor category.  We are lumped into the non-Realtor pool as real estate agents.  I want to be differentiated from the masses.  That is my point and concern.

Conrad

 

Jul 27, 2010 11:05 AM #5
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Michele Miller ~ REALTOR®, LMC, HSE, CHS
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Conrad,

I agree, and struggle with the fact that I pay my dues while many don't and still have the REALTOR designation.

Jul 28, 2010 06:32 AM #6
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Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Michelle,

If you know of non-Realtors advertising themselves as Realtors please inform WRAR.  They will aggressively pursue them to remove Realtor from their advertising.  It is up to all of us to police ourselves.

Conrad

Jul 28, 2010 06:45 AM #7
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Michele Miller ~ REALTOR®, LMC, HSE, CHS
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Oh yes, I have been. I'm on the technology board and we are trying to inforce this.

Jul 29, 2010 06:49 AM #8
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Good for you.  It is up to us to work in a professional environment.  I have been on Professional Standards for 25+ years trying to educate our members and punish the habitual offenders.

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