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Realtor Notebook

I have never heard anyone say that the bar is set too high and that it is too hard to become a Realtor. Take a few classes, pass a test, get a license, pay your dues to the National Association of Realtors and you are a Realtor. It all takes two to six weeks, depending upon which state issues the real estate license. Getting a real estate license and becoming a Realtor are easy. A person who just got a real estate license probably is not qualified to write a purchase agreement, and many would not even know how (I know I didn't). Then there is the whole NAR thing. Yes, we are held to a higher standard. I don't think I even read up on what that was all about until I had been in the business for a couple of years. There is no initiation into the NAR, and anyone who has a license and can pay the dues is a member. I am not even sure I understood what I was a member of, or even that I was a member. Now that the housing market has become so challenging, I have heard industry ve...

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