The proper use of the trademarks includes the following:
REALTORÂ®; REALTORSÂ®; REALTOR-ASSOCIATEÂ®
This link will take you to everything you want to know (and a whole lot more) about the proper use of the trademarks owned by the National Association of Realtors.
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People often use the trademark name, REALTORÂ®; to generically refer to a real estate agent. But, in fact, as Elvis pointed out, not all real estate agents are REALTORSÂ®. It would be similar to calling tissue a Kleenex, or calling a photocopy a Xerox. Real estate licenses are issued by the goverining state boards, and issued upon completion of education, testing, and background checks. Details vary by state. Status as a REALTORÂ® represents membership of a trade organization and agreement to abide by the guidelines of the organization.
One of the many important reasons consumers should choose a real estate agent who establishes and retains membership status as a REALTORÂ®, is the Code of Ethics by which all REALTORS abide, and the protections afforded to all consumers provided. Additionally, REALTORSÂ® have an abundance of resources available to them from their local, state and national memberships. These resources all provide extensive education opportunities.
The National Association of Realtors also does much to promote home ownership in the US. The dues that your REALTORÂ® pays contributes to that support for all present and future homeowners.
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