REALTORS are members of the National Association of REALTORS. The word REALTOR is often confused with the job title “real estate agent”. I like to think of the word as a brand name.
Membership numbers dropped to slightly less than a million in 2008. I remember it well. Some members got jobs if they could find them and others were able to retire.
In 2018 membership numbers reached a new high and as of 2019, there are 1.4 million members nationwide. Membership growth has slowed. Home sales have declined as fewer homeowners are selling.
Real estate agents learn on the job. By hiring an inexperienced agent you are giving him/her/an opportunity to learn on the job. If you would rather not provide a learning experience there are plenty of qualified and experienced agents to choose from.