Becoming a REALTOR®

Do you know the difference between a real estate agent and a REALTOR®?

Anyone who is licensed to represent buyers and sellers in a real estate transaction is a real estate agent. A REALTOR®, on the other hand, is a real estate agent who is also a member of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). This means that they must uphold the high standards of the association and its code of ethics.

As a member, you are the voice for NAR — it is your association and it exists to help you increase your business opportunities. Membership in the NAR also comes with access to real estate market data and transaction management services, among other benefits.

How do you become a REALTOR®?

Ask your broker to which local association of REALTORS® he or she belongs, then contact that local REALTOR® Association for an application and additional instructions. Once you have obtained membership at the Local Board/Association level, you have access to the many State and National member resources!

REALTOR® Membership is also available to Rhode Island licensed real estate brokers as well as licensed or certified appraisers.

For information on real estate license requirements, contact the RI REALTORS® Professional Development Center at 401-432-6903.
For more information about becoming a REALTOR® members contact Member Services at – 401-432-6938.

Professional Requirements