If you’re planning to buy, sell, or lease property, you’re probably in the market for a real estate professional to help you through the process. But you may be stuck on who to choose. Depending on where you live, there may be many people interested in your business. Here’s one way to make it easier on yourself: Find a Texas REALTOR®.

Not all real estate agents are Texas REALTORS® 
Anyone who wants to sell real estate in Texas must get licensed by the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC). To obtain a license, someone must pass the real estate licensing exam, and after passing, must take real estate education classes. But these actions don’t make someone a Texas REALTOR®.

How does someone become a Texas REALTOR®? After obtaining his or her real estate license, the license holder can join the local association of REALTORS®, the state-level association of REALTORS®, and the National Association of REALTORS®. Only then may someone be called a REALTOR®.

What makes a Texas REALTOR® different? 
REALTORS® follow a Code of Ethics. The Code of Ethics outlines how REALTORS® should serve consumers, and this consumer-oriented code holds REALTORS® to a high standard of professional behavior.

Membership in the Texas Association of REALTORS® has added benefits. Texas REALTORS® have exclusive access to more than 100 forms for many types of real estate transactions that other real estate agents don’t have. These forms can help you avoid legal problems down the line.

Where can you find a Texas REALTOR®? 
Go to texasrealestate.com/realtors and start your search. These Texas REALTORS® will be happy to explain what makes them different and how they can work for you.