A REALTOR® is a real estate professional who is a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics. In 2016, we are proud to celebrate 100 years of the distinction of REALTORS®, and the power they hold in protecting the American dream, advocating for property ownership and healthy communities, and making tomorrow a better place to live.
Over one hundred years ago, the real estate industry was vastly different: chaotic, unregulated, and without even the most basic consumer protections. “Buyer beware” was the law of the land and purchasing real property was a risk many were unwilling to take.
The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® was founded by a revolutionary group of individuals and real estate boards committed to integrity, to their communities, and to protecting the American dream of property ownership.
Recognizing the distinction of these members in shaping the future of real estate, the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (known as the National Association of Real Estate Boards at the time) unanimously approved a final resolution to adopt the trademark REALTOR® to identify members of the association, and ever since, it’s distinguished REALTORS® and their commitment to the stringent standards of membership in NAR.
This year, we’re celebrating the REALTORS® devoted to community, to service, and to going the extra mile. They have never shied away from a challenge, and have been revolutionizing the industry and revitalizing towns like yours. Time and technologies may have changed the industry and how business is conducted, but our members’ strong ideals, commitment to go the extra mile, and their REALTOR® pride haven’t. Join us this year in celebrating our history, our future, and our REALTORS®.