So, what is a Realtor and why should you care about it? REALTORS® follow the Code of Ethics that comes with being a member of the National Association of Realtors. The Code of Ethics are “rules” we are required to follow in our day to day lives in how we treat the buying public and other Realtors – the do’s and don’ts….we are held accountable for our actions through the Code of Ethics…here is a link code-of-ethics. The path to becoming a Realtor:
The route that an individual takes to become a real estate agent and then a broker can be confusing for the public. So here is an overview.
The first thing is to take a class that is mandatory by most states. The law is that a certain number of hours of class must be taken, and then an examination passed. Once these classes are taken and passed you can then take the State Licensing Examination and if you pass the State Examination you are now licensed to be a Real Estate Agent. Real estate agents must work under the supervision of a Real Estate Broker who is an individual who will oversee and guide an agent through the twists and turns that is real estate. The Real Estate Broker has liability for the Real Estate Agent who is in their office.
Most states will require a real estate agent to work as an agent for a certain period of time before they can become a real estate broker. In Louisiana the law states that this period of time is 4 years. At this point an agent can take more classes and another examination and become a Real Estate Broker. Loads of agents do not take the Broker’s examination and remain agents for their career.
A Real Estate Agent and a Real Estate Broker can then choose to become a member of their local Association of Realtors, their state association and the National Association of Realtors. For those that choose these memberships they become Realtors and are bound by the Realtor Code of Ethics.
There are agents who choose not to join the National, State and Local Associations and those agents and/or brokers are still licensed by their state to sell real estate but may not have access to their local multiple listing service and are not Realtors and are not bound by the Code of Ethics.
So to get where I am today I took real estate classes in New York, took the real estate agent licensing examination, took more classes, took the real estate broker examination, joined the local, state and national associations in New York State and became a Realtor. I then took the real estate classes in Louisiana, the real estate brokers examination in Louisiana and still belong to the national association but changed to the state and local associations in Louisiana. I am still a licensed real estate broker in the State of New York and have a Brokers license in Louisiana.
In addition to the the state licensing I continued my education and have obtained the following certifications. This does not include the annual continuing education that each state requires to renew your license.
Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) only 5% of Realtors hold this distinction;
Graduate, Realtor Insititute;
Accredited Buyer’s Representative;
Senior Real Estate Specialist;
Certified New Home Specialist;
At Home with Diversity from the National Association of Realtors;
Short Sale and Foreclosure Certification;
Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE)
e-Pro Internet Professional
Historic House Specialist from the Preservation Resource Center in New Orleans
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