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Bob Crane
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The first, a Professional, is always striving to be the best at what they do, continually learning and growing.

The other, an agent, does what is needed to keep their license and is always too busy to sharpen the saw or do anything that is not required by state statute.

There is a remarkable difference between those who seek to be Professionals and those who seek to just be agents.

Jun 15, 2016 07:21 AM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
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Professionals look at it as a career and invest in their futures. 

Jun 15, 2016 08:57 AM
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Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
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A professional doesn't need to call herself or himself a "professional"...  it shows.

Jun 15, 2016 08:45 AM
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Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
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Have you decided to go back to real estate school in Utah?

Jun 15, 2016 11:43 AM
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
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OMG..I love Debbie Reynolds and Fred Griffin's answers!! Agreed!!

Jun 15, 2016 10:55 AM
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Kathleen Luiten
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Bob Crane and Debbie Reynolds covered the answer I was going to write. But I'll add that there are RE professionals who are not agents.

Jun 15, 2016 09:20 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
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I believe Bob Crane hit the nail on the head!

Jun 15, 2016 11:07 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
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our state dictates what we can call ourselves and professional isn't a choice. Of course that can be our behavior.

Jun 15, 2016 01:52 PM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
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Is this a pholosophical question Lou?

Jun 15, 2016 12:36 PM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
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I would consider myself a professional because I take my business very seriously and it's not just a job. 

So I guess the difference to me is how someone looks at their career. 

Jun 15, 2016 10:41 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
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That's a tough one Lou!  One one hand I want to say "Nothing, they mean one and the same to the consumer" but on the other hand I want to say "the same as any business; the professional is in the job full-time and seeks to improve themselves, while the hobbyist (agent) is in the job part time and does just enough to not get fired."

Jun 15, 2016 09:00 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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Lou,

I agree wiith Bob Crane .

Jun 15, 2016 08:02 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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A RE professional does not waste your time and get things done. A RE agent is simply someone who has a license. 

Jun 15, 2016 07:58 AM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
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IMO as a professional it's my career and business - I don't have another job as real estate agents do

Jun 15, 2016 10:43 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
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The professional is always looking to improve their service and knowledge knowing the benefit will be more sales. The agent is pursuing the next commission check!

Jun 15, 2016 10:31 PM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
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Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

licensee equates to minimum competency according to a recent CE class

professional - something more than the above!

Jun 15, 2016 10:11 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
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I do not know.

Jun 15, 2016 09:56 PM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
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I suppose one can say that not every agent is professional. They can be mutually exclusive.

Jun 15, 2016 09:51 PM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

In some cases, there is no difference.

Jun 15, 2016 09:20 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

An agent is someone who has a license. A professional is one that has the knowledge and the skills to properly represent clients.

Jun 15, 2016 08:44 PM
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
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The former earns a livelihood while the latter an income.

Jun 15, 2016 08:39 PM
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Praful Thakkar
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Lou Ludwig - in one word - Service. 

Or as your question asks -- Professionalism!

Jun 15, 2016 03:11 PM
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
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a lot of commissions!

Jun 15, 2016 02:41 PM
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Melissa Jackson
Century 21 Alliance Properties - Azle, TX
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Code of Ethics. Personally I don't think the general public knows the difference.  A professional does their best and works hard as they grow their business.

An agent, they may work full time but don't put in the same care and responsibility.  The attitude of each is different & it shows in their work. You have some good answers. 

Jun 15, 2016 12:59 PM
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William Feela
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I feel Professional takes pride in his profession

Jun 15, 2016 12:53 PM
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Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Personality!

Jun 15, 2016 12:48 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
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A real estate professional could be an agent or a lender, home inspector, stager or anyone who facilitates the listing and selling of houses.

Jun 15, 2016 12:28 PM
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Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
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I would say probably similar to being a Realtor, as opposed to a real estate agent, which is the code of ethics and such.  I would hope that if you consider yourself a professional, you act accordingly.

Jun 15, 2016 08:09 AM
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Cody Carmen
Adhi Schools, LLC - Rancho Cucamonga, CA
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I often use real estate professional in my writing because I do not want any confusion and it is a failry inclusive term. Because the agent is technically the broker and not the salesperson (something we all understand but a regular consumer may not), I do not want to use the word agent in certain situations and confuse someone. 

Maybe I'm overly cautious or confusing a different sect of my readers now, but that's my rationale. 

Jun 15, 2016 07:40 AM
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
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To me, an agent has a real estate license.  A real estate professional is more vague and inclusive.  I guess that would include assts, etc and may even others in real estate industry such as mortgage brokers, real estate attorneys.  But, if someone was using the title of "real estate professional" most outside of the industry would assume real estate agent.  Most inside the industry might assume a non-agent and someone trying to inflate the title.

Just my opinion. 

Jun 15, 2016 07:19 AM