REALTOR® Information What is a REALTOR®?

What is a REALTOR®?

A REALTOR® is an individual licensed to list and sell real estate and is also a member of a local board of REALTORS®, the state association of REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS®—unlike real estate agents who are simply licensed by their state to do business. As a member of these three professional trade associations, a REALTOR® agrees to adhere to a strict Code of Ethics, the canons of professional behavior that guide daily activities in the real estate business.

The REALTOR® Privilege

A REALTOR® is the recognized professional in real estate. The distinctive REALTOR® "R" is your guarantee that you are dealing with the elite of the profession, a member of an association of REALTORS® and a professional who deserves your trust.

On Oahu, to earn the title of REALTOR®, a person must be licensed to list and sell real estate and be a member of the Honolulu Board of REALTORS® (members automatically gain membership in the Hawaii Association of REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS®). The term "REALTOR®" is a federally registered trademark to identify and distinguish members from all other persons, licensed or unlicensed, engaged in the real estate business and is associated with a high degree of professionalism, training, integrity and expertise in the real estate industry.

A REALTOR® pledges fidelity to clients, but also pledges to treat honestly all parties to a real estate transaction. A REALTOR® is knowledgeable about various aspects of the real estate profession and maintains current information regarding market conditions. REALTORS® have an affirmative obligation to serve property owners and prospective buyers to the best of their ability.

The REALTOR® Pledge and Code of Ethics

The HBR Members pledge: to strive to be honorable and to abide by the Golden Rule; to strive to serve well my community, and through it, my country; to abide by the REALTORS® Code of Ethics and to strive to conform my conduct to its aspirational ideals; to act honestly in all real estate dealings; to protect the individual right of real estate ownership and to widen the opportunity to enjoy it; to seek better to represent my clients by building my knowledge and competence.

Contact Info

  • Honolulu Board of REALTORS
  • 1136 12th Avenue, Suite 200
  • Honolulu, Hawaii 96816
  • Ph: (808) 732-3000
  • Fax: (808) 732-8732
  • Email:

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Information herein deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Note: Honolulu Board of REALTORS® receives inquiries seeking professional advice; however the Honolulu Board of REALTORS® staff is not qualified, nor licensed, by the state of Hawaii to properly address real estate or legal issues. For questions concerning these issues, consult with either the Hawaii Real Estate Commission, your Principal Broker, or an Attorney.