Real Estate Agent, Realtor and Broker, What Is the Difference?

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Real Estate Agent, Realtor and Broker, What Is the Difference?

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What is the difference between a Real Estate Agent, a Realtor and a Broker? I get asked this question quite often. The average person, myself included before I became licensed, doesn’t realize there is a significant different between a Realtor and a Real Estate Agent.

There are several real estate titles floating around out there. It’s not all in just the name. There are some significant reasons for the different titles and the roles they play.

Each state is governed by it’s own rules and regulations when it comes to practicing real estate and the titles in which you can call yourself. I will go through the most common ones here.

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REALTOR® – You should always see this title followed by the registered trademark symbol. A Realtor is a real estate agent who is a member of the National Association of Realtors®. A Realtor® is someone who is held to a higher standard of business practice and ethics. Everyone who is a Realtor® is a real estate agent, but not all real estate agents are Realtors®.

Real Estate Agent – A real estate agent is anyone who has taken and passed the required coursework regulated by their state and have passed a state real estate exam. This title covers anyone who practices real estate whether they are a sales associate, an associate broker or a broker.

Real Estate Sales Associate – This is simply another name for a real estate agent.

Real Estate Associate Broker – This title is for someone who is a real estate agent, but has also completed the state required coursework and passed a state exam to become a broker. While this person typically does not hold any of the brokerage responsibilities, they may take on a more active leadership role within the brokerage.
Real Estate Broker – This person has taken the required education classes to become a broker/owner as well as passed the state regulated exam. A broker typically owns their own real estate company and has Realtors®, real estate agents and possibly associate brokers working for them within that office.

Remember, not all Realtors® or Real Estate Agents were created equal. Choose someone whom you feel will act on your very best interests and has the knowledge and experience to make your real estate transaction a smooth and enjoyable experience.

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Don Norris

Don & Natalie Norris were raised in Central Florida on Merritt Island. After Don moved off to college and then traveling and living both around the United States and abroad, he moved back to Merritt Island to marry his best friend and business partner Natalie. Natalie, after graduating Merritt Island High school with Don, stayed on the Island after going to college in Lakeland, Fl. and California. Together, Don and Natalie have raised their six children on Merritt Island. They enjoy relaxing afternoons on the beach, kayaking around the Thousand Islands of Cocoa Beach and the Indian River. Brevard County is in their blood, but enjoy traveling around the United States and abroad as well. Norris Real Estate allows Don and Natalie to engage their customer base on a personal level by not just assisting selling or buying homes, but by providing a trusting and competent hand in the selling and buying process that creates a bond, relationship and appreciation with their customers. As a team, Don and Natalie Norris have all of the tools they have acquired and cultured over the past 20 years to give their clients the absolute best customer experience in the selling of their home or buying their dream home.

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