REALTORS® aren’t just agents. They’re professional members of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribe to its strict code of ethics. This is the REALTOR® difference for home buyers and sellers:
1. An Expert Guide
Selling a home usually requires dozens of forms, reports, disclosures, and other technical documents. A knowledgeable expert will help you prepare the best deal, and avoid delays or costly mistakes. Also, there’s a lot of jargon involved, so you want to work with a professional who can speak the language.
2. Objective Information & Opinions
REALTORS® can provide local information on utilities, zoning, schools, and more. They also have objective information about each property. REALTORS® can use that data to help you determine if the property has what you need.
3. Property Marketing Power
Properties don’t sell due to advertising alone. A large share of real estate sales come as the result of a practitioner’s contacts with previous clients, friends, and family. When a property is marketed by a REALTOR®, you do not have to allow strangers into your home. Your REALTOR will generally pre-screen and often accompany qualified prospects through your property.
4. Negotiation Knowledge
There are many factors up for discussion in a deal. A REALTOR® will look at every angle from YOUR perspective, including crafting a purchase agreement that allows you the flexibility you need to take that next step.
5. Up-to-Date Experience
Most people sell only a few homes in a lifetime, usually with quite a few years in between each sale. Even if you’ve done it before, laws and regulations change. REALTORS® handle hundreds of transactions over the course of their career.
6. Your Rock During Emotional Moments
A home is so much more than four walls and a roof. And for most people, property represents the biggest purchase they ll ever make. Having a concerned, but objective, third party helps you stay focused on the issues most important to you.
7. Ethical Treatment
Every REALTOR® must adhere to a strict code of ethics, which is based on professionalism and protection of the public. As a REALTOR’s client, you can expect honest and ethical treatment in all transaction-related matters.