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At the Austin Board of REALTORS®, we use technology, education, and advocacy to build connections that strengthen the careers of our members and improve the lives of Central Texas families. We empower REALTORS® and their clients by connecting them to the market’s most complete, accurate, and up-to-date listing data. We connect our members to unparalleled opportunities for training and professional development, while also strengthening the industry’s connection to the highest standards of ethical behavior. And we connect homeowners and REALTORS® to the legislative process, speaking up for the place we all call home.

What is a REALTOR®?

Anyone licensed by the Texas Real Estate Commission can conduct real estate transactions in Texas. However, holding a real estate agent's or real estate broker's license does not make someone a REALTOR®. To earn that distinction, a professional must abide by the strict REALTOR® Code of Ethics, which was adopted before the implementation of broad-based licensing requirements. The Code of Ethics establishes a standard of behavioral expectations that exceeds legal requirements, ensuring that REALTORS® honor and respect clients' interests.

The vast majority of REALTORS® participate in a local or regional Multiple Listing Service (MLS), which can give homebuyers a distinct advantage when buying or selling a home. Only licensees who are members of the National Association of REALTORS® can use the term REALTOR® on their business cards and marketing materials. Many consumers look for this designation as a signal that they are working with someone committed to professional enrichment and integrity.

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  • Founded in 1926
  • Main events:
    • Realty Round Up – Central Texas' largest real estate-oriented trade show held in the fall that draws over 2,000 real estate professionals.
    • Installation and Awards Banquet – Held every January to welcome new ABoR President and Leadership; draws 500 to 600 real estate professionals.
    • ABoR Forums – We host multiple forums each year discussing important and relative topics to real estate professionals; draws 50 to 250 attendees.
    • TREPAC Fundraising Events  ABoR hosts four annual fundraisers for the Texas Real Estate Political Action Committee (TREPAC).
  • Total Membership: 10,900
  • Websites:
  • Days on market (DOM) - The number of days a listing is on the market before selling.
  • Multiple Listing Service (MLS) - At its core, the MLS is an agreement among REALTORS® to cooperate and share information to benefit clients.
  • National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) - The national trade association representing more than one million REALTORS®.
  • Texas Association of REALTORS® (TAR) - The state association representing more than 80,000 REALTORS®.
  • Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) - State real estate licensing entity.

A non-profit organization with over 10,900 members, ABoR has been serving the needs of Austin REALTORS® and consumers for almost 90 years. In addition to providing first-rate education and certified REALTOR® designations, ABoR also operates the ABoR Foundation, a charitable organization that connects housing, continuing education via scholarships, and disaster relief to the Central Texas community.

ABoR also hosts AustinHomeSearch.com, the most trusted resource for people seeking homes in Central Texas. The website features comprehensive tools for searching residential listings in the Austin area, which are pulled directly from the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). Buying a home is one of the most important lifetime investments, and we work to make this process as smooth as possible. By teaming up with a qualified REALTOR®, we know Central Texans can find the home of their dreams.

Q1: What is a REALTOR®?
Anyone licensed by the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) can conduct real estate transactions in Texas. However, holding a real estate agent's or real estate broker's license does not make someone a REALTOR®. To earn that distinction, a professional must abide by the strict REALTOR® Code of Ethics developed by the National Association of REALTORS®. The Code of Ethics establishes a standard of behavioral expectations that exceeds legal requirements, ensuring REALTORS® honor and respect clients' interests.
Q2: What is the Austin Board of REALTORS®?
At the Austin Board of REALTORS®, we use technology, education, and advocacy to build connections that strengthen the careers of our members and improve the lives of Central Texas families. We empower REALTORS® and their clients by connecting them to the market’s most complete, accurate, and up-to-date listing data. We connect our members to unparalleled opportunities for training and professional development, while also strengthening the industry’s connection to the highest standards of ethical behavior. And we connect homeowners and REALTORS® to the legislative process, speaking up for the place we all call home.
Q3: How does the Austin Board of REALTORS® impact Central Texas?
ABoR works to strengthen the Central Texas community by providing our members with the tools to serve their clients. As well, ABoR works closely with our members and legislatures to fight for homeowners' rights. The ABoR Foundation also provides community support via housing, local education, and disaster relief.
Q4: What are the member benefits?
Thousands of individuals look to the Austin Board of REALTORS® as a provider of premier resources for real estate professionals in Central Texas. REALTORS® gain valuable industry insights from our outstanding educational programs, publications, and websites. ABoR also continues to keep members connected to the most current developments in the real estate industry, including new technologies and timely legislative efforts.
Q5: Where is ABoR located?
ABoR has three locations in North Austin, South Austin, and Williamson County. View locations in the footer below.

 

 

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