When you use the term REALTOR® to describe yourself or your business, you are telling others that you are more than a real estate license holder—you also are a member of an association that sets higher standards and works on behalf of communities and property owners everywhere. The National Association of REALTORS® has many usage rules to protect this valuable mark. Your proper use helps maintain the value you receive from this member benefit. After taking this quiz, you can get more information about the proper ways to use REALTOR® at nar.realtor.
1. True or false? REALTOR® is a synonym for real estate agent.
2. Which of the following are improper uses of the term REALTOR®?
- Commercial REALTOR®
- Your Lakefront REALTOR®
3. True or false? The terms REALTOR® and REALTORS® may be used in connection with, but not as part of, a business name.
4. Which of the following is an acceptable use of REALTOR® in connection with a business name?
- Showbiz REALTORS®, Inc.
- Showbiz Inc., REALTORS®
5. True or false? When asked what you do, the response “I am a REALTOR®” is an acceptable use of the term.
6. True or false? The term REALTOR® should not be used in a list of business services or occupations.
7. True or false? The term REALTOR® does not need to be separated from a member’s name or real estate business name with punctuation in email addresses, website names, or social-media usernames.
8. Which of these is the correct pronunciation of REALTOR®?
1. False. REALTOR® is a term that denotes a member of the National Association of REALTORS®.
2. All four are improper uses. Descriptive terms in combination with the term REALTOR® are not allowed, as they imply that REALTOR® means real estate professional rather than denoting membership in NAR.
3. True. When used in connection with a business name, the terms REALTOR® and REALTORS® must be set off from the business name by a symbol or punctuation, such as a comma or dash.
4. b. Certificates of incorporation and DBAs should not include the term REALTOR®.
5. False. The term REALTOR® does not describe a vocation or profession. It indicates that you are a member of NAR. A correct usage would be, “I am a real estate agent and a REALTOR®.”
6. True. For example, a description such as Builder/REALTOR®/Architect is not an acceptable use, as it may mislead the public into thinking that REALTOR® is an occupation rather than membership in NAR.