A realtor is a real estate agent who is affiliated to a national body of professional Real estate agents known as realtors. A realtor is a member of National association of Realtors (NAR) which is an American body founded in 1908 to govern salespeople, property managers and all the people engaged in the Industry of real estate. Membership in this association is also a trademark.
Just like any other sales job being a realtor takes a hard work of building your clientele base, advertising and really being a professional
• When someone wants to be a realtor he or she must be willing to adhere to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) code of Ethics. The Code of ethics governs the conduct of business, to treatment of customers, and to fellow realtors.
• You have to be taking a continuous course approved by your state licensing board. This is necessary to maintain NAR membership. This means that you have to take pre-licensing courses as well as courses to maintain your membership.
• Get a brokerage. You need to get an agency office from which you work from and/or hold your license.
• Get a budget from your agency. Real estate agency work is not a cheap affair and so you need a large capital base as well as your courses and your licensing needs.
• Even before you get licensed, start building your clientele base.
• Overall it will take a lot of input and hard work to be in this profession. It takes a lot of diligence to work within the code of ethics and avoid cases of misrepresentation or exaggeration. You must be truthful an honest in your business.