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Definition of realtor


  • IPA: /ˈril.tɚ/


    Coined by Charles N. Chadbourn in 1916, from real (in real estate) and -or, to refer to real estate professionals who are members of the National Association of Realtors, a trade association in the United States.


  • real estate agent


realtor (plural realtors)

  1. (North American) A person or business that sells or leases out real estate, acting as an agent for the property owner.

    * 1919: w:United States Senate, U.S. Housing Corporation. Hearings Before a Subcommittee
    Mr. Shannon (witness): It was composed of an engineer, if I remember correctly, a town planner, a realtor, and occasionally an architect ...

    * 1922: Sinclair Lewis, Babbitt
    First place, we ought to insist that folks call us ‘realtors' and not ‘real-estate men.' Sounds more like a reg'lar profession.

    * 1975: Jerzy N Kosinski, Cockpit, New York, Grove Press, 1998, p.189
    Intrigued by the prospect of an additional commission, the realtor hurriedly assured me he foresaw no problem in obtaining the lease.

    * 1997: Douglas A. Gray, Canadian home buying made easy, 2nd edition, p.72
    The terms agent, broker, and realtor are often used interchangeably.

    * 2003: Gary Andrew Dresden, Confessions of a Gynecologist, Lincoln, NE, iUniverse, p.111
    The realtor was like a carnivore, ready to spring. He was originally from New York and he seemed like the kind of guy who could smell a deal.

Usage notes

According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) web site, realtor "is a registered collective membership mark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the National Association of Realtors and subscribes to its code of ethics.""National Association of Realtors Fact Sheet." URL accessed on 2008-06-08..

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  • relator


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