What is a Realtor®
ONLY REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS WHO ARE MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR) CAN CALL THEMSELVES REALTORS®. ALL REALTORS® ADHERE TO NAR’S STRICT CODE OF ETHICS, WHICH IS BASED ON PROFESSIONALISM AND PROTECTION OF THE PUBLIC. THAT’S WHY ALL REAL ESTATE LICENSEES ARE NOT THE SAME.
Dedicated to serving America’s property owners at both local and national levels, the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, The Voice for Real Estate®, is the largest professional association at over one million members strong.
So, whether you’re buying or selling a home — it pays to work with a REALTOR®. Look for the REALTOR® logo when choosing your real estate agent.
REALTOR® Designations —The Mark of Expertise and Service
The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® has a variety of affiliates that provide designations acknowledging experience and expertise in various real estate sectors. NAR also offers designations and certification programs to its members, including:
ABR® – REBAC (Real Estate BUYER’S AGENT Council) awards the ABR® (Accredited Buyer Representative) designation to REALTORS® who meet education and experience requirements to better prepare them to represent buyers.
CIPS – Focused specifically in aspects “international,” these REALTORS® have a familiarity with assisting foreign investors, helping local buyers invests abroad, or serving an immigrant buyer locally; designees are the best resource in international real estate.
CRS – A CRS REALTOR® is a Certified Residential Specialist – one of the top 3 percent of real estate agents in the U.S. CRS agents have more experience and training than the average REALTOR® and they are part of a community of REALTORS® dedicated to improving the real estate industry for homebuyers and sellers everywhere. If you’re looking to buy or sell a home, look for a Certified Residential Specialist, a CRS.
GREEN – NAR’s Green Designation. You have made the commitment to environmental consciousness; choose a REALTOR® who understands and shares your green real estate goals. Choose an NAR Green Designee.
GRI – A REALTOR® with the Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation is trained in many areas, including legal and regulatory issues, professional standards, the sales process and technology. A minimum of 90 hours of training is required to achieve the GRI designation.
MRP – Homeownership is an important part of the fabric of America, and having a stable home environment is vital when men and women of the military are called away to serve their country. That’s why working with a REALTOR® who understands their specific needs and timetable will help make the transfer easier, faster and less stressful. A REALTOR® with the MRP certification has the knowledge and skills for working with veterans and active duty military buyers and sellers to ensure that homeownership remains affordable and accessible.
SRES – Over the age of 50 and considering selling the family home? SRES® designees have all the resources and knowledge to simplify the transaction and eliminate the anxiety of selling your home. So if you’re thinking of buying, selling, renting or relocating, find an SRES® in your area for specialized help with your real estate transaction.