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Congratulations! You're a Realtor®

You’re new to a career in real estate, yet you’ve already accomplished an important goal. You’ve distinguished yourself as a Realtor.

Much of your first year will be spent developing strategies to distinguish yourself in a niche market or as a location expert.

You’ll also be building a list of potential customers and referrals. You’ll need business connections, mentors, and products and services to help build that base.   

As a Realtor, you already have a built-in network! You are automatically a member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) – the largest professional association in the nation, with more than 1 million members. You also now have membership in your local and state associations.  You have access to members-only benefits, events and proprietary listing services through Realtor associations.  

That members-only pipeline includes opportunities for continued education, free legal and technical assistance, and an established member base. Local, statewide and national conferences expand your network even more. As most successful Realtors will tell you, “It’s what you know and who you know.”     

As a Realtor, you also subscribe to a Realtor Code of Ethics, consisting of 17 articles governing the standards of practice. Homebuyers and sellers who understand this distinction expect honesty, integrity and a high level of service from you – again setting you apart from the crowd. According to NAR, more than three out of four consumers would choose a Realtor to buy or sell a home rather than a real estate licensee who is not a Realtor.

You also have the right to use the Realtor registered trademark in your business and advertising efforts. And only Realtors can wear the insignia lapel pin that’s known worldwide as a sign of professionalism, knowledge and service.

Sharon Nobles
Rookie Spotlight
Net gain: It’s all about connections

For Sharon Nobles, the term "real estate" covers a lot of ground. A lively and personable 30-something, Nobles has taken the prime property of the Internet as her own. Weaving Web site, MySpace, blogs, email and text messages into an attention-grabbing dynamo, she says it's all about making connections.



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