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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Do you want to be a good agent or are you satisfied with mediocrity?


May 12, 2016 08:50 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

   A Realtor belongs to NAR, they get access to the MLS, and the Lockbox Keys, and the Standard Forms that most Realtors use.  

     Real Estate Agents who do not want to be part of NAR can still join the MLS, but they may not be able to get a Lockbox Key (depending upon the MLS), and they probably won't get the Forms.

     The Standard Forms from say, the Florida Association of Realtors or the Tallahassee Board of Realtors, are copyrighted, so a non-Realtor won't have access to those forms.

May 12, 2016 09:11 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Thank you Fred Griffin 

May 12, 2016 10:09 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

MLS Membership

May 12, 2016 09:27 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I think Bob Crane summed it up. I know all real estate is local but in our area you want to be a Realtor.

May 12, 2016 09:15 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Check the response by Bob Crane.

May 13, 2016 12:17 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

There may be no value but you do not usually have an option if you want access to the MLS.

May 12, 2016 10:38 PM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

In our area...I don't believe we have any agents that are not Realtors as required by the brokers that hold their licenses. Is their value...the public does not know the difference.

May 12, 2016 10:33 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

The benefit of NAR membership and the REALTOR(R) Code of Ethics

May 12, 2016 09:51 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

None.  Zip.  Zero. Zilch. Nada.  You will be called Realtor by the general public because they have no idea that a distinction exists.  The investment in joining the NAR doesn't do anything for you, but often you have no choice.


Out here you can still be a part of the state association and the local MLS without being a member of NAR.  You can get your keys and forms without issue.

May 13, 2016 06:57 AM
Dianne Goode
Raleigh Cary Realty - Raleigh, NC

Most of us are required by our brokerage companies to join NAR.   I don't even know what perks come with membership, because I've never not been a Realtor.

May 12, 2016 11:37 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

The Realtor designation simply states you are a member of the NAR and hold yourself to a certain ethical standard. 

May 12, 2016 11:20 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

not if you are anonymous

May 12, 2016 11:01 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Refer to your business plan.

IF your business plan identifies you are going to focus on the sale of residential real estate occupied by the current owner, you will quickly realize YOU HAVE NO CHOICE. You MUST join the club. 

If however your business plan identifies any of the five or more real estate business models that is not defined as residential sales of owner occupied real estate, YOU DO HAVE OPTIONS.

But the problem is, you do not have a business plan. 

Fail to plan.......(you know the rest)

As stated by Mitchell J Hall the reality is, it makes no difference regarding the QUALITY of the agent. Quite contrary. Those who are NOT members must develop SUPERIOR marketing and sales skills. They create more diverse solutions and agile business models. This path is not EASIER, but is the path ultimately taken by those who are visionaries in this industry. It is easier, not better, to be a member of the club.

May 12, 2016 10:40 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

You need to see what your local, state and national organizations have to offer you.

May 12, 2016 09:42 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

The others have answered.

May 12, 2016 09:23 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

With the Code of Ethics you are held to a higher standard, and access to information is enhanced.

May 12, 2016 09:20 PM
Mitchell J Hall
Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn

There is no difference other than becoming a member and paying dues to a national trade association based in chicago. 

In NY there is only a difference between a licensed salesperson and licensed broker or Assoc. broker. Only state designated titles are recognized by the state. The difference between salesperson and broker  is education, experience, 75 hours education plus passing both school and state exam.

In NYC it won't make a difference or have any meaning other than a term used interchangeably with agent. I am not a member of NAR nor are any major brokers in Manhattan. We belong to REBNY (Real Estate Board of New York), a powerful local trade association founded in 1890 that is not affiliated with any other association. We have our own RLS (REBNY listing system and COE.

All real estate is local and NAR membership may be neccessary and required by brokers in some markets.

May 12, 2016 09:02 PM
Robert May
Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate - Lethbridge, AB
Real estate consulting

in the past it was valuable, but lately with the way technology has changed I believe it is actually a hinderance to your business model to be a realtor

May 12, 2016 04:37 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Well, Real Estate Agents are professionals - and shares even bad news if needed....

May 12, 2016 04:02 PM
Sharon Kowitz
Cary, NC Relocation Specialist ~ Buying or Selling

I believe everyone has done a great job of answering!

May 12, 2016 01:34 PM
Melissa Jackson
Century 21 Alliance Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

You got all the right answers! 

May 12, 2016 01:00 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I believe in being professional and that to me means being a Realtor. Not everyone thinks being a Realtor means anything but having access to the MLS.

May 12, 2016 12:52 PM
Toronto, ON

Membership in organized real estate.

May 12, 2016 12:41 PM
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Huge difference. I usually prefer to work with the best...REALTOR.

May 12, 2016 12:39 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

It gets you whatever door opener your association uses as well as access to your local MLS. These are very handy tools of the trade.

May 12, 2016 12:15 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

See what Bob Crane replied.

May 12, 2016 11:23 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

There are many benefits of being a Realtor.

May 12, 2016 10:56 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

In addition to the local benefits, there are many benefits of being a REALTOR. Membership in your State and Local Association of REALTORS are two big ones.  You can check out their websites to get detailed information.

May 12, 2016 09:53 AM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

The others have answered the question.


May 12, 2016 09:44 AM