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The Real Thing- Real Estate Licensing Clarity

REALTORJust a note to all of you real estate people that belong to the National of REALTORS®.

You are NOT licensed realtors, reeltors or real-a-tors.  The state you are in and NAR do not license you as a REALTOR®.

You are either a licensed real estate salesperson, broker or associate broker in the state that gave you the ability to transact real property brokerage transactions.

You will look so much smarter and be in compliance by looking at your license and copying exactly what it says on there to your websites, cards, email signatures, etc.

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  1. Benn Rosales

    December 7, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    @123fredglick ha I love that you got that real-a-tor thing in there too. I hear even seasoned agents dropping that bomb all the time.

  2. Fred Glick

    December 7, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Thanks, Benn.

    It drives me a little nuts, especially the 3 syllables ones!

  3. Tim McDonald

    December 12, 2009 at 2:39 am

    I am a Realtor, but on my card, since I am a licensed broker (and own my own company) I have Broker/Owner. I still state that I am a Realtor as well. My IL state license does not have broker/owner on it, but I don’t feel like I misrepresent myself. IL only (currently) has designations of salesperson, leasing agent and broker. No associate broker. Don’t take me the wrong way, I understand what you are saying, but it’s not just as simple as copying what’s on your license for everyone.

  4. Fred Romano

    December 12, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Tim I think you are missing Fred’s point. Many agents call themselves “Licensed Realtor” when in fact there is no licensing to be a “Realtor. They should be calling themselves “Licensed Salesperson” or maybe “Licensed Real Estate Salesperson” or “Licensed Broker”.

  5. Tim McDonald

    December 12, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    I get his point and agree with it, but just saying to copy what’s on your license isn’t always applicable.

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