Agent or REALTOR? What's the difference?

There was a disturbing story this week about a sales agent to got caught in an unethical situation with a client in a vacant home.  The news reporting described her as a Realtor in Texas.  I was curious, so I went on to see if, in fact, she was a REALTOR.   Thankfully, she is  not.  I often hear Realtor and Real Estate Agent used interchangeably, however there is a distinct difference.    Florida has a total of around 221,000 agents, with 29,000 new agents added in 2015.   Those that are members of the National Association of Realtors, which  makes them a REALTOR, are numbered at around 157,000.  We take an oath to treat our clients with respect and honesty.   Make sure you interview your agents to find one who is experienced and available to assist you.   

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