What’s the Difference?
Logos for all three REALTOR® associations:
Not all Portland Real Estate Agents are REALTORS®. The term “REALTOR®” is a registered collective membership mark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. All REALTORS® in Portland are real estate agents, but not all Portland real estate agents are REALTORS®. This membership is much more than a networking group. A REALTOR® in Portland is held to a higher standard, the Code of Ethics put out by the NAR, a 17 point pledge to give ethical customer service. For instance, the first pledge is a promise to put the interests of buyers and sellers ahead of their own and to treat all parties honestly. All REALTORS® must pass continuing education standards to maintain their REALTOR® status. In addition, REALTORS® have local memberships that provide them with additional accountability, training, and educational opportunities.
As a REALTOR® in Portland, I’m a member of the National Association of REALTORS®, the Oregon Association of REALTORS®, and the Portand Metro Association of REALTORS®. I’m in great standing with all three. I believe a real estate agent’s focus should be customer service and being a designated REALTOR® helps me provide that excellent service. ~ Stephen FitzMaurice, REALTOR®