Professional Amateur...

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408

Sometimes on AR I run into a phrase “Professional Realtor”. And it does not come form the public; Professional Realtorit comes from the agents, who refer to themselves this way.

Makes me wonder.

Public can call us whatever they like. They do not have to know the difference. But it seems professionals do or should know, so if they misuse it, can they call themselves “professional”

Or is it that we consider paying the NAR dues a professional activity?

If, however, it is used instead of the terms “agent, broker, or real estate licensee” than how the wrong use makes us come out as professionals?

Professional Realtor sounds to me like Professional amateur... I believe "professional" does not go with either of them.

I am a real estate broker working in Daytona Beach area, and I am helping buyers find a condo on the beachside at heavenly good prices. Call me 386-405-4408 or visit my website

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Marte - general public does not have to know the nuances. They believe Realtor and Agent are the same, and that every person in real estate can be called a Realtor, but professionals are a different story. They are supposed to know. And if not, what kind of professionals are they?

Jan 26, 2014 10:19 AM #17
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Liz - this is eactly true, and it is interesting that people calliong themselves professionals do not see it.

Jan 26, 2014 10:42 AM #18
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Karen - share it with us, we all need a chuckle time from time. :)

Jan 26, 2014 10:43 AM #19
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Debbie - Realtors pay dues. Afents and borkers sell houses. that's the distinction.

Yes, you sell hoouses, but you do it as an agent or broker, not Realtor. Realtors pay dues to NAR

Jan 26, 2014 10:45 AM #20
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Endre - thank you for the compliment. You flatter me.

Jan 26, 2014 10:46 AM #21
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Patricia - yes, it is way more than paying dues to NAR, and it should not be about paying dues at all. Thank you.

Jan 26, 2014 10:48 AM #22
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John - I harldy believe in professionals who don't know the terminology, and then prove to be highly effective. Where this would come from?

there are some basics to any profession, and knowing terminology is one of them. One needs to know what they are doing, and if they are confused how it is defined, there is trouble...

Jan 26, 2014 10:51 AM #23
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Lloyd - yep, one of the definitions. Good they did not tell you that a professional is who pays dues to NAR (LOL)

Jan 26, 2014 10:53 AM #24
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Fred - it is funny, but so true. Interesting, why we feel that we always need to reinforce our standing

Jan 26, 2014 10:54 AM #25
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Than - I hear you

Jan 26, 2014 10:54 AM #26
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Silvia - true, they OFTEN do not think what they are saying :)

Jan 26, 2014 10:55 AM #27
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Hi Jon, I enjoyed this and have heard reference to Professional a number of time. For me, I do consider myself as a professional based on my commitment to the industry and to consumers as a career. Following my Oath as a REALTOR® and always try to exceed expectations with consumers, my peers and others in the real estate industry. 

Jan 26, 2014 12:43 PM #28
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William - you are sure not an amateur, even professional amateur (LOL)

Thank you for the comment.

i believe I am a professional. And I am a REALTOR. But I am not a professional Realtor, and I do not understand what it means...

Jan 26, 2014 12:49 PM #29
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Maybe the agents that call themselves "professional Realtors" work with a lot of non professional idiots and they are trying to separate themselves. It is rediculous though I agree.

Jan 26, 2014 07:09 PM #30
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I don't refer to myself as a professional Realtor, agent or broker.  I don't believe the word applicable.  Real estate brokerage is not a profession, it's a business. 

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Marco - I have no clue. Maybe, though :)

Jan 28, 2014 07:04 AM #32
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Lenn - without being smart, I just did not feel comfortable with any of these combinations.

I guess looking at real estate as business, andnot profession has a lot of value. I did not think about it, but I tend to agree with you once you said it.

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Jon - Does that term "professional amateur" mean that those folks are really skilled at being amateurs?

Feb 02, 2014 09:32 AM #34
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Eric - I guess no, but these two words sounded as wrong together as professional realtor... and, of course, some word play, as if people do not see tht and feel it, they are hardly really professionals, so they are, probably amateurs, but professional amateur sounds so much fancier :)

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Jon...

You are right beyond right! I'm sorry I missed this post in January because it is a must read for all of those that do not even know what they do for a living!

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