What defines us as a Realtor, really???

Real Estate Agent with Buyers' Choice Realty

What is it that truly defines what a Realtor is??   First, don't misunderstand my question here. We all know what it takes to become a Realtor:   ....education, State testing and a license then agreement and enrollment with NAR.

But, I want to know if there is a certain perception that either describes or defines Who and What a Realtor is! Does a Realtor have to dress a certain way? Does a Realtor have to act a certain way? Does a Realtor have to drive a certain car? 

Now with those above questions asked, let's take it to two different perspectives!

One: from the Consumers point of view!

Second: from our fellow professional peers!

 Is there a stigma attached to the title "Realtor"? Do both the consumer and our fellow Peers stereotype how a agent"Realtor" is suppose to act and look?? I want to hear from everyone on this because I feel it to be a very important issue. Can you as a true individual have the distinction as a Realtor yet not conform to the standard image attached to that title and still be very successful??

Comments (8)

Thomas Cunningham
Buyers' Choice Realty - Charleston, SC
Charleston, SC Real Estate

OUCH... Nobody cared to comment? I thought this would be a great topic for discussion!! Was I wrong?

Oct 13, 2007 08:24 AM
Jon Washburn
Seattle, WA

Hi Thomas,

This IS a great topic for discussion.  I would suggest that you update the post by describing what defines a Realtor to you and then posing the question to the members.  Start by presenting a point for people to build upon, or debate against. 

Oct 13, 2007 10:11 AM
Thomas Cunningham
Buyers' Choice Realty - Charleston, SC
Charleston, SC Real Estate

Thanks Jonathan,

  I will certainly take that into consideration. Just to clairfy, if I update the Blog with new information and repost, it bring back to the top??  

Oct 13, 2007 10:30 AM
Brandon Causey
Coastal Palmetto Realty LLC - Loris, SC
Realtor, Coastal Palmetto Realty LLC

Thomas...Thanks for joining The Coastal Carolinas Group...I glad to have you here.  Be sure to post here and tell everyone about the group...I would really like to see a close network formed here.  If you ever need anything just ask.  The Palmetto Sales Team is here to help....

Post Script....I have a lot of family in Charleston...and all but attended Johnson & Whales myself...You don't happen to know Andy Johnson do you?

Oct 16, 2007 01:32 PM
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

I think a Realtor to a consumer and to a peer level should represent the same thing - a Professional trained in the real estate field. They represent the client with the highest ethical standards and are representing their best interest.

With 1.4 million members in NAR we are not all cut from the same cloth. Some members are very non-sophisticated. Depending on what consumers have seen of realtors they have encountered, they will derive their own opinion. This is the ideal image of a realtor, then there is the broad spectrum of reality. I don't think there is a bad a stigma associated with realtor as say for example car salesman. But the average run of the mill realtor has a long way to go to be trusted like a pharmacist, teacher, or firefighter. I think the excellent ones are perceived highly.

I think like in any business you'll have the bums, the pretty good realtors, and then like we all want to be, the shining stars.

Oct 17, 2007 01:13 PM
Leslie Prest
Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ - Payson, AZ
Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson,
What really defines us? NOTHING. Ther is very little continuity between agents as to conduct, dress, behavior, or anything else, really.
Oct 18, 2007 07:35 AM
Amanda Griste, e-PRO
Weichert, Realtors Southern-Coast - North Myrtle Beach, SC

A good definition is : A registered trade name that may only be used by members of the NATIONAL 1.2 million members who represent all branches of the real estate industry. REALTORS® subscribe to a strict Code of Ethics which governs their conduct.

First off I sat through a code of ethics class. Can I please tell you that the person teaching the class was not what I call the picture of ethics. They made that clear some statements in the class. I think we all know the unethical REALTORS® around town. A chill goes down my spine when I have to deal with them. I know some how they will try to screw me or my client. I also see a lot of these so called REALTORS® out on the town and they do not uphold the ethics outside of the office either. It's not my business though.

I think any professional sale consultant, agent, secretary, doctor, teacher ect.... should dress professional. I do not drive a fancy BMW. I have a SUV to lug my 3 dogs and 2 kids around. But it's kept clean. Does that make me un REALTOR® like? No.

I can't sleep at night if I screw somebody over. I have my good reputation and I am proud it.

Oct 24, 2007 03:00 AM
Frances C. Rokicki
Fran Rokicki Realty, LLC - Bolton, CT

There are 1.2 million Realtors.  Agents who have taken an oath with the National Association of Realtors to follow their code of ethics and professionalism.  The absolute definition is posted on the NAR site.  Folks are suggesting that the membership will be reduced to 900,000 soon, due to the market returning back to where we were in 2000. So many people became Realtors, between then and now, but, they say that the average of the Realtor transactions of the National Association is 6 sales a year.  Who could live on that? 

If your car (vehicle) is clean and maintained, I believe your clients will not mind what you drive. They mind how your work and care help them to find or sell housing. When I began my career, I drove a 1983 Chevy Blazer(full size).

Oct 24, 2007 03:11 AM