realtor

EnglishEdit

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PronunciationEdit

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈril.tɚ/, /ˈriəl.tɚ/, /ˈriəl.tɔɹ/, /ˈɹiləɾɚ/
  • Pronunciation /ˈɹiləɾɚ/ is usually considered incorrect.

EtymologyEdit

Coined by Charles N. Chadbourn in 1916, from real (in real estate) and -or, based on the model of Latin agent nouns ending in -tor (such as actor, creator), to refer to real estate professionals who are members of the National Association of Realtors, a trade association in the United States.

NounEdit

realtor (plural realtors)

  1. (North America) A person or business that sells or leases out real estate, acting as an agent for the property owner.
    • 1919, Mr. Shannon, in United States Senate, U.S. Housing Corporation. Hearings Before a Subcommittee:
      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, Grove Press (1998), page 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, second edition, page 72:
      The terms agent, broker, and realtor are often used interchangeably.
    • 2003, Gary Andrew Dresden, Confessions of a Gynecologist, iUniverse, page 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 notesEdit

  • 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."[1] The NAR spells "realtor" in all capital letters.

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  1. ^ "National Association of Realtors Fact Sheet", URL accessed on 2008-06-08..

External linksEdit

  • Jacob Zimmerman v. Nat'l Ass'n of Realtors, Cancellation Nos. 92032360, 92040141, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (March 31, 2004), discussing the claim that "realtor" is a generic term, and including 10 dictionary definitions of the term (pp. 17-19).

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