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Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

It drives me crazy when people put that extra "a" in there.  I've only corrected a person once that I recall and that's when the person had done something to annoy me in a big way.  I think I said something like: And don't ever pronounce realtor that way again.

Aug 07, 2015 12:23 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

What is sad, is the Real Estate Agents with 30 years call themselves Realitors!

Aug 07, 2015 12:50 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Yes, absolutely! Even our MLS Association Executive tells people not to let me hear them pronounce it that way.  I will call them out every time.  I don't care who they are...

Aug 07, 2015 12:19 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Absolutely!   That is very common, and the person needs to know the proper word! 

Aug 07, 2015 12:36 PM
The Woodland Team of Texas
The Woodland Companies - Austin, TX
Land Specialists

People on our team must use the word correctly, we have no control over the rest of the world though.

Oct 25, 2018 03:07 AM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

We own the word and should know how it is pronounced.  Many in our industry pronounce it incorrectly and even some officials.  Correcting someone is embarrassing to both parties.  I would only do so if it were someone close enough to make it comfortable.

Aug 08, 2015 01:43 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

And sometimes by another NAR member - go figure.   

Aug 08, 2015 12:23 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ


Yes I have been called a real-la-tor and late for dinner. 
No, I don't correct the person if I intend to help them with their real estate needs or alleviate my hunger.

The temptation to judge others as IGNORANT regarding those things for which those in the business are intimate is not a reflection of the nature of the citizen but of the pettiness of the agent embracing such smallness.

Simply modeling correct pronunciation is all that is needed. "As your REALTOR I will keep you informed about new houses on the market in your selected communities." Such a simple solution...but the first thing grabbed is 'ignorant citizen.' Shameful.

Aug 08, 2015 12:21 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Yes, but I don't care and don't correct people. Many foreigners have a hard enough time pronouncing English, and I'm sure that I mispronounce some words.

Aug 08, 2015 12:18 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Ginger Harper Sure I hear it all the time. I even hear it on the TV shows. Since the general public thinks real estate agent is synonymous with the term realtor, I don say any anything even when they mispronounce it.

Aug 08, 2015 12:08 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Many times. No, I do not correct people unless they are working for me or are on my team.

Aug 07, 2015 11:32 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Some misuse the word some misuse the trademark symbol.  I don't correct people.  Never know who your next client might be.

Aug 07, 2015 11:32 PM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

The NAR hasn't corrected the public in its proper use during the past century. Copyrights are forever while trademarks can easily come and go. The word remains REALTOR but it's luster has faded both internally and externally through misuse. Worse yet is when a REALTOR calls you a real-a-tor, and they're paying for it.   

Aug 07, 2015 10:50 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

No I do not correct them.

Aug 07, 2015 09:12 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Ginger. When I hear it said that way I correct them, even though I am not a Realtor, but used to be. The other one is R E A L I T O R.

Make it a great weekend!

Aug 07, 2015 07:55 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I would not correct them. My names is constantly misspelled and twisted, so, I'm very tolerant with people who like to pronounce words and names in a certain way. The most important what is comming from those relationships.

Aug 07, 2015 05:06 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

no it doesn't bother me. I use "broker" to tell people what I do anyway. People get that and don't screw it up.

Aug 07, 2015 04:26 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Yes. I have been called that and more and no I don't correct any one

Aug 07, 2015 01:48 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Great question Ginger, I am always shocked at how many Realtors mispronounce this title too.


Aug 07, 2015 12:52 PM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

I know agents who pronounce it like that. It's not worth the energy to correct them.

Aug 08, 2015 12:26 AM