Unlike many Texas real estate brokers and sales agents who are simply licensed in Texas to buy and sell real estate. A Texas REALTOR is a sales agent or broker who has gone one step further—they’ve also become a member of the National Association of Realtors® and they have pledged to abide by a Code of Ethics that goes beyond what’s required by law, keeping a clients’ interests first and setting high standards for professional behavior.
The Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) has two major categories of licensed real estate professionals. 1) Sales Agents, who must be sponsored by a broker. Sales agents work with clients on behalf of the broker. 2) Brokers, who are responsible for all brokerage activities, including acts performed by sales agents sponsored by the broker.
Texas real estate brokers and sales agents are licensed for the protection of consumers. Before someone can be licensed to act for a buyer or seller in a real estate transaction, the person must meet certain requirements. To become licensed, each sales agent must pass 180 classroom hours and a broker shall pass an additional 270 classroom hours. All licensees must also pass a state exam and submit to a background check to assess their honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity.
Texas REALTORS® adhere to all of the TREC requirements stated above and also follow a strict Code of Ethics as set by National Association of REALTORS®. NAR’s Code of Ethics was adopted in 1913 and the Code ensures that consumers are served by requiring REALTORS® to cooperate with each other in furthering a clients’ best interests.
Texas residential transactions can be complex and demand informed decisions with important deadlines to manage. The knowledge, judgment and guidance of a real estate broker or sales agent — particularly one who is a REALTOR®, is essential in this process. Texas REALTORS® are more than licensed real estate practitioners, they subscribe to a Code of Ethics and pledge to provide fair and ethical treatment to both buyers and sellers. Make sure your land sales agent or land broker is a Texas REALTOR®!
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