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By David J. Moore, ABR, GRI | Agent in Houston, TX

Realtor vs. Real Estate Agent... What Is The Difference?

Realtor® vs. Real Estate Agent... What Is The Difference???

Difference between Realtors and real estate agentsQuestion: What is the difference between a Realtor® and a Real Estate Agent? Are Realtors and Real Estate Agents different? I’ve heard that all Real Estate Agents are Realtors®, and all Realtors® are Real Estate Agents, how does this work?
Answer: Most people make the assumption that real estate agents and Realtors® are one in the same, when in fact they are very different. The reason for this misconception is that most real estate agents are Realtors®, so it is not uncommon for those in the real estate field to use the terms “real estate agent” and Realtor® interchangeably. With that being said, there is a world of difference between the two.
A real estate agent is simply a licensed (usually by state) individual who can actively be involved in real estate deals for paid commissions. However a Realtor® is a not only a licensed real estate agent, but a member of the National Association of Realtors®. With this membership comes access to the extremely powerful MLS database system which holds all home/commercial/agricultural/etc property listings. Furthermore, all Realtors® are required to swear by a code of ethics, along with pay fees to the National Association of Realtors.

Hi, I'm David J. Moore, ABR,GRI I am a Realtor & I specialize in relocations. If you or anyone you know need an apartment, condo or house please visit my website at:

www.davidthelocator.com & call us at 281-326-HOME!

It is my sincere desire to inform, educate and represent you as my client so that you will experience complete satisfaction and assurance in your decision to purchase or sell your next Houston home or lease your next apartment. As your realtor and relocation specialist, you can expect fairness, integrity, extensive knowledge and professional service from me and my team and we are certain that with your input and our knowledge, we will provide you with top-notch service you deserve. We listen to our clients and most of all we care about where you live. We have been assisting clients like you for more than 14 years and look forward to the opportunity to help you in the next stage of your life! I am also:

Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI) designation

Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) designation

Member: National Association of Realtors

Member: Houston Association of Realtors

Member: Texas Association of Realtors (TAR)

Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council (REBAC)

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