John, if you ever see me referring to myself as a REALTORÂ®, please call 911 as it's a sign I have been kidnapped and am being held against my will!
...so you hold down the ALT button while typing 0174 from the number pad portion of the keyboard and once you lift your finger off the ALT key the Â® appears!
Love it since ctrl alt r doesn't work on Trulia.
Debbie - I usually wait until Festivus to air my grievances, but yes it feels good to stand up for something every once in a while. As I like to say - political correctness (making everyone happy) cannot exist - because anyone spinless enough to trade in their beliefs just to get along with everyone just ***** me off. I remain the fly in the political correctness ointment.
Don - great job, as usual, with an explanation of the REALTOR(R) trademark. My statement about being the last one in North America was not about being a broker and REALTOR(R), which I am, it was about being a NAR member acting in compliance with a trademark that has been designed and defended to give We The Members an advantage in the marketplace.
Brenda - we're lucky here in California, broker is basically just a license, though we do have some more specific terms such as "broker of record" for someone managing a business. Anyone with a broker license is usually ok to call themselves a broker. I do know a lady in the Bay Area who owns a bunch of offices and requires her brokers to refer to themselves in all communications as "broker-associates." But that's in their office contract, it's not a government thing.
Mack - great point, those who are not NAR members are not by any definition inferior to RE professionals who are NAR members. RE training and ethical behavior is, indeed, open to all. The Cod of Ethics is what distinguishes a licensee from a REALTOR(R), which is my ***** ***** point.
Joan - good point. Although almost every office in my area requires NAR membership, membership for those who choose not to work in those shops is optional.
Gregorio - yes, NAR membership is no baptism that washes away all of an agent's sins. But if you could do us NAR members a favor, please don't refer to yourself as a realtor if you choose not to join.
Akil - Festivus is definately for the rest of us. My pole is in the garage, ready for later this year.
Thanks all for your responses, I appreciate the input.
The rest of you, I don't doubt that you're fine, honest, and ethical agents - and it wouldn't hurt if you acknowledged that you at least subscribed to the RealtorÂ® Code of Ethics, even if you, yourself, are not a RealtorÂ®.
On a side note, it is "alt then R" on the Mac to get the symbol.
NAR has brainwashed the public into believing that working with a REALTORÂ® over someone who didn't drink the Kool-Aidâ„¢ will be the worst move they ever make in their lives, when that simply is not true. I have had the displeasure of working with some real scumbags when it comes to agents and my tally has it split about 50/50 with no real benefit from the distinction.
Just my opinion.
REALTORÂ® - A registered collective membership mark which identifies a real estate professional who is a Member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORSÂ® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics.
Moreover, the MARKS are registered as "membership" marks and must be promoted as such if the registrations are to be preserved.
Compliance with this context of use limitation is simply determined in the case of written or visible use of the MARKS by substituting the word "member" for the term "REALTORÂ®." If the meaning or intended message is unchanged and not compromised by such substitutions, the term REALTORÂ® is appropriately used. If not, the term REALTORÂ® should be replaced by another phrase such as "real estate broker," "real estate agent," "appraiser," "property manager," or other words, as may be appropriate.
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For example, when asked what he does for a living, an unthinking Member may answer incorrectly:
"I am a REALTORÂ®"
Obviously, the speaker does not mean that he makes his living as a "member". Unfortunately, the response makes sense only if the listener assigns to the term REALTORÂ® the meaning "real estate agent." Thus, by the answer given, the Member has incorrectly used the term REALTORÂ® and, in the process, may have contributed to a misunderstanding of its meaning. The same is true for statements such as: "John Doe is a licensed REALTORÂ®", and uses of other modifiers with the MARKS.
A response that is sure to clarify the registered status and special meaning of the term REALTORÂ® is following:
"I am a real estate broker and a REALTORÂ®."
If asked to clarify the distinction, the Member can provide an explanation of the fact and nature of membership, including the binding commitment of the Member to the Code of Ethics.
So, John, according to NAR, it appears that simply asking "Am I the last REALTORÂ® left in North America?" is insufficient and lacks the clarity that NAR requires.