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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Most people do not know the difference . I am proud to be a Realtor.

Feb 21, 2015 08:54 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale


Jul 02, 2018 09:34 PM
Dipti Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
On a team with Praful Thakkar


Jul 01, 2018 10:22 PM
Ajay Pandya
e-Merge Real Estate - Columbus, OH
Realtor Ajay Pandya


Feb 15, 2018 09:19 PM
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I don't think the public really knows the difference and thinks all agents are REALTORS. So with that said they just want an experienced agent.

Feb 28, 2015 09:36 AM
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I do not believe so. Most of the public refers to all of us as Realtors and I don't believe they give a hoo-ha about the distinction. For me, being a Realtor sometimes feels like enforced unionization since I can't belong to my MLS without being one.

Feb 22, 2015 08:24 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Of course.  They have to adhere to the Real Estate Code of Ethics.

Feb 22, 2015 01:24 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Most agents in my area are REALTORS®. It's a requirement of the local MLS. Overall, though, I don't think the public really knows the difference. I think that's why NAR came up with the new core standards. They way they are forcing associations to get out and become more involved in local politics and the community and doing with the REALTOR® name attached. 

Feb 22, 2015 10:10 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I believe that having access to the MLS his crucial to my business.  In my area, if you''re not a Realtor, there's no access.

Feb 22, 2015 04:51 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

If I was not a Realtor...I would not have a real estate business.

Feb 22, 2015 03:59 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

The question was really about being a REALTOR, not being licensed. Many brokerages insist their agents, who are all licensed are also Realtors. But does the public know or even care?

Feb 22, 2015 03:17 AM
Ron Climer
Keller Williams Realty Mountain Partners - Tryon, NC

It is sorta like having an air conditioned car.  You could get along witout being a Realtor ( just like you could get along without air conditionong ) it would certainly be tough. 

Feb 22, 2015 02:58 AM
Trevor Barzee
Promote Your Projects & Promote Yourself With Location Cubed Design.
"Making You The Authority In Your Marketplace"

Janna - It's not illegal to assist buyers and sellers in real estate without a license. I do it every day. What can be illegal is to receive a commission in your name for doing so in certain States. I hate to make a potentially confrontational argument about this on this thread, and believe me, that's not my intention. Everyone, including myself, worked hard for licensing. It's valuable, but, in some cases, it just isn't always necessary. Realtors may need to start thinking "outside the box" when it comes to what can set themselves apart from the crowd - a crowd where everyone is licensed. I think this is a good exercise to look beyond the question of "Do I or do I not need to be licensed" and begin to look at what unique services a real estate agency can offer. As I stated prior, to get past the legalities of it someone on your team would need to be licensed, but in today's day and age, and in an industry that must evolve, its' time to look beyond that.

Feb 22, 2015 01:17 AM
Janna Scharf
Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene - Coeur d'Alene, ID
Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert

How is it possible to assist others to buy and sell reaal estate without a liscense?  That is the real question.  Doing so is illegal.  Whether or not you are a member of the National Association of Realtors has nothing to do with it. 

Feb 22, 2015 12:44 AM
Terry Kraemer
Exceed Realty - Houston, TX
Houston Realtor

I think that not everyone knows the difference.  However, the more savvy ones do.  Therefore, I think Realtors® tend to attract more informed consumers who have done their homework. 

Feb 22, 2015 12:32 AM
Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

Honestly, I don't think most Consumers know the difference.

Feb 22, 2015 12:23 AM
Trevor Barzee
Promote Your Projects & Promote Yourself With Location Cubed Design.
"Making You The Authority In Your Marketplace"

Apologies, I need to clarify something on here now as I can see the direction in which these answers seem to going. If your business model is to be more of a "sole propreitership" - a loose example of the term - then yeah, like people are saying, you'll be bound in most states to have a license. Now, to continue that thought, depending on the demographic of your clients, some will place heavy importance on your licences while others will really not care at all about it. It all comes down to your knowledge of the industry and your ability to "get things done". Hanging a licence on your wall is really becoming something more of a novelty for some (setting aside the legalities entirely). That having been said, if your business model for growth indicates that you may branch out to start your own "brand" (for lack of a better term), then maybe, just maybe, your licensing - the continuing education, the fees, etc.. can become a bit of a burden and 'unnecessary" for you personally - assuming that someone else on your team does indeed carry licensing should it be legally required in your jurisdiction. If there's one thing people should take away from my comments here, its' that I your ability to be successful in the real estate business absolutely is not dependent on your licensing.  Am I saying that those that are licensed are doing something wrong? Absolutely not. This is just why I asked for clarification on your future business model.

Feb 21, 2015 11:15 PM
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

Since C.A.R. controls the CRMLS over here we have to be Realtors to be in business.

Feb 21, 2015 09:35 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

If your real estate businesss model is predominately helping others buy and sell residential real estate through traditional methods, being a REALTOR is not a option, it is a fundamental necessity. 

Feb 21, 2015 09:13 PM
Trevor Barzee
Promote Your Projects & Promote Yourself With Location Cubed Design.
"Making You The Authority In Your Marketplace"

Depends what your business is and what your goals are for the future. I owned a brokerage and development firm and decided to reliquish (by ceasing to renew) my licensing. I found it was better for me to aproach people from a "neutral" standpoint, than it was with a license, as in some instances a license "meant" that I was byist. But, I needed licensing to get me to the point where I no longer felt I needed licensing. I did however have licensees on my team. Can you be more detailed about your question?

Feb 21, 2015 08:47 PM