Frequently Asked Questions

When is a Real Estate Agent a REALTOR®?

A real estate agent is a REALTOR® when he or she becomes a member of the NATIONAL
ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, The Voice for Real Estate®, the world’s largest professional
association. The term “REALTOR®” is a registered collective membership mark that identifies a real
estate professional who is a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and abides
by its strict CodeofEthics.

Founded in 1908, NAR has grown from its original nucleus of 120 members to more than 1
million today. NAR is composed of REALTORS® who are involved in residential and commercial real
estate as brokers, salespeople, property managers, appraisers, counselors, and others who are
engaged in all aspects of the real estate industry.

Members belong to one or more of 1,700 local associations/boards and 54 state and territory
associations of REALTORS® and can join one of our many institutes, societies, and councils.
Additionally, NAR offers members the opportunity to be active in our appraisal and international real
estate specialty sections. REALTORS® are pledged to a strict Code of Ethics and Standards of

Working for America’s property owners, the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®
provides a facility for professional development, research, and exchange of information among its

Check out the Public Awareness Campaign television and radio spots that encourage
consumers to rely on the expertise and integrity of REALTORS®.

Now in its ninth year, the NAR advertising campaign runs February through November on
network and cable television and network and satellite radio. This year’s commercials help consumers
understand the real value of working with REALTORS®. From their voluntary adherence to a Code of
Ethics to their incomparable knowledge of real estate processes, REALTORS® are the experts of
residential and commercial property transactions.

Why use a Realtor®?

The Realtor® Code of Ethics

What does it mean for consumers?