A REALTOR® is a member of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics.
The Code establishes time-honored and baseline principles that come from the collective experiences of REALTORS® since the Code of Ethics was first established in 1913. Those principles can be loosely defined as:
Loyalty to clients;
Fiduciary (legal) duty to clients;
Cooperation with competitors;
Truthfulness in statements and advertising; and non-interference in exclusive relationships that other REALTORS® have with their clients.
To earn a designation, a real estate agent has taken coursework and demonstrated specific skills, performance and knowledge in a particular area of the real estate industry. I have earned the designations of CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) and GRI (Graduate of the Realtor Institute).
Do you know why only 4% of REALTORS® are Certified Residential Specialists? Because only one in every 25 REALTORS® has the advanced training, experience, and commitment to call themselves a Certified Residential Specialist. So when you’re looking for a real estate agent, look for a Certified Residential Specialist...100% of the time.