If you are working with a real estate agent, do you know if your agent is a REALTOR®? Did you know that not all real estate agents are REALTORS®, and do you know the difference?
Both are licensed by the Texas Real Estate Commission, but not all real estate agents are REALTORS®. The term REALTOR® is an exclusive and distinctive designation for those agents who are members of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). In the San Antonio area, REALTORS® are also members of the San Antonio Board of REALTORS® (SABOR) and the Texas Association of REALTORS® (TAR). SABOR is the largest professional trade organization in San Antonio and represents more than 7,000 REALTOR® members. SABOR is one of more than 1,600 local boards and 54 state and territory organizations of REALTORS® nationwide that make up the NAR.
So – what’s in a name? Being a REALTOR® connotes business competence and high standards of business conduct. Each member pledges to observe a strict Code of Ethics written by the NAR. The pre-amble of the Code calls for every REALTOR® to work for the preservation of the free enterprise system and the protection of private property ownership.
The San Antonio Board of REALTORS® provides its members with the education they need to achieve the highest degree of professionalism in their fields. It is one of the few Boards in Texas that is certified by the Texas Real Estate Commission to operate a real estate school. All the courses offered are accredited for broker or salesman licensure. SABOR’s various committees’ also present seminars covering all areas of real estate from financing to equal opportunity in housing.
REALTORS® keep themselves informed on matters affecting real estate in their community, state and nation so that they may contribute responsibly to public thinking. SABOR monitors the legislation and public policy affecting the real estate industry. The National Association of REALTORS® keeps REALTORS® informed on decisions by the United States Congress and engages them with electronic “Calls to Action” regarding private property rights and real estate related issues.
Community involvement is also important to REALTORS® in San Antonio. SABOR’s charity of choice is SAM Ministries.
All of the real estate agents at Century 21 Scott Myers are REALTORS®, assuring you that the service we provide is of the highest quality with regard to both business competence and professionalism. To learn more about my company and my agents, visit my Web Site, e-mail me or give me a call.
Scott Myers, Broker/Owner of Century 21 Scott Myers
(210) 479-1222 or Toll-Free (888) 868-1222