A real estate agent is a REALTOR® when he or she is a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR), The Voice for Real Estate® -- the world's largest professional association. REALTORS® are pledged to a strict Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
All real estate licensees are not the same. Only real estate licensees who are members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® are properly called Realtors®. REALTORS® subscribe to a strict Code of Ethics and are expected to maintain a higher level of knowledge of the process of buying and selling real estate.