Question by  dkulze (160)

Why are you not supposed to say "Realtor" when referring to a person who sells real estate?

My friend said the proper label is "real estate agent."


Answer by  flamiss22 (5081)

Your friend is being very picky. You are allowed to say realtor or real estate agent. Regardless of what word you use it all means the same thing, a person who sell houses. There is no law that say you can't.


Answer by  Mariana39 (440)

Technically, 'realtor' refers only to people who are members of the National Association of Realtors. However, it is now commonly used for all those who sell or lease real estate.


Answer by  RunawayJim (964)

I think it is just because real estate agent carries more formality with it. It is like calling a police officer cop. This really has to do with ego though because I don't see an issue.


Answer by  FredR (92)

The term "Realtor" is a trademark of the National Association of Realtors. Most real estate agents are members and can call themselves "Realtors," but not all.


Answer by  sc1234 (1319)

Your friend may be wrong. Realtors are people who have been certified as Realtors by an organization, non-"Realtors" are real estate agents.

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