More than two million people nationwide have licenses to sell real estate, of which more than one million belong to the National Association of REALTORS®. Only National Association of REALTORS® (N.A.R.) members are entitled to use the term REALTOR®.

N.A.R. members must adhere to a strict code of ethics. By joining N.A.R., individuals have access to a wide range of classes, seminars and certification opportunities. Local REALTOR® groups are active in community service, economic development, local politics, and other neighborhood organizations.

In essence, local REALTORS® are the community experts. They track real estate trends, share neighborhood concerns and participate in local matters.

They’re good neighbors who are in the business of helping others buy and sell homes, and they’ve committed to do so honestly and ethically.

(from Realtor.com)