Isn’t Everyone Who Sells Real Estate a REALTOR?
All real estate licensees are not the same. In Colorado every real estate broker is licensed by the State, but only those licensees who are members of the National Association of REALTORS® are properly called REALTORS®.
By joining the REALTOR® Association, members have agreed to subscribe to a strict Code of Ethics and are expected to maintain a higher level of knowledge of the process of buying and selling real estate. The Colorado Real Estate Commission has rules and regulations that cover all licensees, but the REALTOR® Code of Ethics goes well beyond what is required in the law. If you would like a copy of the Code, just let me know.
All members of a Multiple Listing Service (MLS) agree to abide by the rules of the MLS, regardless of whether they are REALTORS® or not, but these rules are for activities between brokers. The REALTOR® Code of Ethics goes beyond those rules as well with Standards of Practice as to how REALTORS® deal with the public. This means that the REALTOR® can be held accountable for their actions through a grievance process at the Board of REALTORS®.
REALTORS® are committed to protecting private property rights. No other organization is involved at our local, state and national government to work on your behalf in protecting the right for you to own property. The REALTOR® organizations spend millions of dollars and countless man hours every year in this endeavor. Many REALTORS® volunteer their time and invest their own money to make sure as many people as possible can enjoy the benefits of owning real estate.
REALTORS® are committed to treat all parties to a transaction honestly. REALTORS® are committed to helping your dream of home ownership a reality. Make sure your agent is a REALTOR®!
Greg Zadel | Firestone, CO
- 2011 Realtor of the Year, Colorado Association of REALTORS®
- 2008 President, Colorado Association of REALTORS®