What is the difference between a REALTOR® and a Real Estate Agents?
Often people think real estate agents and REALTORS® are the same, but they are not.
A real estate agent is someone who has has obtained a real estate license and assists in buying and selling properties. Depending on thier specialty, Edmonton real estate agents can work with residential as well as commercial properties.
The definition of a REALTOR® is a real estate agent who is a member of a local real estate board, and of the provincial real estate association in the Realtor's province. They may also be a member of the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) however, membership is voluntary.
Most, but not all Edmonton real estate agents are REALTORS®. The majority of Edmonton REALTORS® (including us) are in good standing and belong to the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), The Alberta Real Estate Association (AREA) and the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton. This allows us to legally help our clients buy and sell real estate anywhere within Alberta. A few of us who do relocation moves also belong to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).
Edmonton REALTORS® Adhere to a Moral Code That Has Been in Place Since 1913. In order to be considered a Canadian REALTOR®, real estate professionals must adhere to a code of conduct and ethics that has been in place since the turn of the 20th century. This code is extensive and includes many disclosures to our clients. If a REALTORS® breaks the code, he is no longer allowed to operate as a certified CREA REALTORS®.
If you have questions or would like to know more about our Edmonton REALTOR® code of ethics, it can be found at https://www.crea.ca/standards-programs/realtor-code/