People seem to confuse the two. Lets see if I can confuse you a little bit more. All Realtors are licensed real estate agents but not all real estate agents are Realtors. All cleared up?
Let me explain. In order to sell real estate in any state you must be licensed by a state licensing authority. You have to take so many hours of classroom and then pass an exam. You are now a licensed real estate agent. In order to become a licensed real estate broker you will have to serve an apprenticeship, take some more classroom hours and then pass another test.
How do you become a Realtor? You apply to your local board for membership. You then attend an orientation class. You are taught how the little R means big things. The ethics training is so important and vital to being a Realtor. Realtors are the largest trade organization in the world. We have over 1 million members in the National Association of Realtors - NAR. Realtors are provided with continuing educational courses to keep them current with local, state and national events and issues.
I am biased but my recommendation to anyone wanting to sell their real estate - hire a Realtor.