Realtor isn’t a job title

The word Realtor® has been used to mean real estate agent for so long now that it can’t be taken back but the National Association of Realtors® spends a lot of money each year defending the brand.
 

I am a Realtor® because I belong to the National Association of Realtors not because I sell houses.  

There are a l0t of folks out there even some who answer phones for real estate companies that do not know how to pronounce Realtor®.  It is often pronounced “real-it-ter” and no one really knows why.

The big brokerages in town all require agents to be members of the Realtors® associations because without member ship we can not belong to the MLS. (Multiple Listing Service).

Most home buyers and sellers do not know what a Realtor® is and use the term like they would use a job title.  

3 Comment

  1. Tim says:

    re-ul-tor vs reel-it-ter is an example of a common speech error called metathesis. The explanation I’ve heard in the case of realtor is because the incorrect pronunciation is physically easier to say.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metathesis_(linguistics)

    1. Teresa Boardman says:

      Interesting.

  2. Rickey Rouse says:

    Actually, in England they’re called estate agents.

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