REALTOR or Real Estate Agent?

Many times the term “Realtor” and “Real Estate Agent” are used interchangeably.  However, there’s actually a difference between the two, an important item to note when hiring a professional to either help you sell or buy a home.

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A Real Estate Agent is a licensed agent that can help guide you through the process of buying or selling.


A Realtor is not just licensed, but also a member of the National Association of REALTORS®.

What’s the Difference?

Realtors must meet stricter education requirements than the law requires and are bound by the higher standard of the REALTOR® code of Ethics.  Real Estate agents are only required to comply with the federal and state laws for both education and ethics.

Realtors are committed to high standards for protecting your interests, including integrity, honor, professionalism, and expertise.  This sets Realtors apart from real estate agents in many ways, and is why only Realtors are allowed to use the famous Realtor® “R.”

Hampton Roads Real-e-statement is written by Alyssa Godwin, a Realtor with Liz Moore and Associates. For questions regarding buying or selling contact Alyssa at 757-329-6161 or You can also find Alyssa on Facebook or on the web at