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The only citation for this claim: There are 1.3 million Realtors, mostly in the United States, and an additional 1 million licensed real estate agents who are not members of NAR and cannot use the term "realtor".
is a link to the front page of the NAR itself, which has no backing for such a claim. I could create the National Association of Wikipedians today and claim that others' cannot use the title "wikipedian", but that doesn't make it true. This should be addressed, preferably with official government sources, as the article should not be used to push the NAR's agenda. Sarysa (talk) 00:17, 23 November 2011 (UTC)
While the paragraph is correct as to the law, I think it should be reworded to make clearer that "realtor" and "real estate agent" are used 100% interchangeably by most lay Americans, trademark be damned. The fact that Realtor is a proper noun is not widely known, outside of agents themselves (and linguists).
Non-NAR agents may be careful not to claim "realtor" in official business/ads, but I bet many of them still use the term to describe themselves when asked at a party or the supermarket "What do you do?". 22.214.171.124 (talk) 03:49, 27 October 2013 (UTC)
I can think of many professions where there is a greater or lesser lay confusion over job titles. I've heard bookkeepers being referred to as accountants and in the UK legal executives referred to as Solicitors (the most common client facing qualified lawyer). Common error does not make this correct any more than calling another brand of cola a Coke. Dainamo (talk) 15:02, 31 December 2013 (UTC)
As the above poster says, "there is a ton of work to be done here to clean up this mess." What I notice especially is that there is a lot of repetition - note that there's a section entitled "Real estate education" near the top and another entitled "Education" near the bottom that seem to repeat each other. There also seems to be a lot of unnecessary and long-winded text; I removed a lot of extraneous text to improve readability, but this article really could use a good overhaul. There's an awful lot of text that could be removed without losing any of the meaning. Phrases like "Complete real estate agreements by filling in the blanks on forms" or In most states until the 1990s..., for example, aren't really necessary. We only need to know that you complete an agreement (not HOW), and it's stated pretty early on in the article that the 90s brought changes to the world of real estate in most states.
On another note, this is an article about Real Estate Agents and/or Real Estate Brokers, not real estate transactions; yet a lot of the information seems to go into extensive detail regarding real estate transactions.
Apologies if my comment here seems long-winded itself. Editing this article made my head spin;) skatoulaki (talk) 05:39, 8 July 2014 (UTC)
New section or article with state specific rules
Might be good to have a new section or article with state specific rules. Even if it starts out with very little information, it might be easily filled in by people from different states. Pengortm (talk) 05:00, 15 February 2015 (UTC)