People often use the terms real estate agent and REALTOR® synonymously, but is that really correct? As a realtor in Worcester County there are differences you should be aware of.
A REALTOR® is a member in good standing with the National Board of Realtors and must follow a REALTOR® Code of Ethics (viewable here) http://www.realtor.org/governance/governing-documents/the-code-of-ethics The Code of Ethics is strictly enforced by many Standards of Practice. While there is no guaranty that an agent will follow those Standards a governing body exists to oversea their membership.
To maintain their membership as a REALTOR® continuing education must be adhered to and is required every two years as well as ethics training every five years.. A rather substantial fee is required to maintain a membership in good standing. In a continuing effort to support REALTORS®, the state and national offices offer REALTORS® many resources to support their sellers and buyers.
In contrast a real estate agent that is not a REALTOR® has none of these resources and tools available. While they might operate with integrity there is no governing body to ensure they will do so, nor is there any recourse if a customer has complaints.
Worcester County Real Estate offers many opportunities for companies because we have a large assortment of property types. Properties offering Apartment Rentals in Worcester County offer the additional benefit of providing income to the owner. It is quite a deal for long term owners. Property Rentals are the best opportunity for long term wealth building but you need to stick to the plan in order to succeed.