IT PAYS TO WORK WITH A REALTOR®
A REALTOR® is a member of the National Association of REALTORS®, a State Association and a Member board of REALTORS®.
The national association is the nation’s largest trade and professional group, representing over one million members, with state associations located in all 50 States.
The members are committed to working for America’s property owners by preserving the free enterprise system and the right of free people to own real property in the interest of public good. The cornerstone of the organization is its code of ethical conduct. The use of the word REALTOR® identifies members and separates them from non-members. It is, as a result of the work of the Member Boards, the State Associations and the National Association, working through and with the REALTOR® members that has resulted in today’s number of home owners totaling some 60% of our population.
Whether buying or selling a home, working with a REALTOR® assures you that you are being represented by a specialist who keeps pace with the trends and is well versed in complexities of today’s real estate market.
BUYING A HOME
As a member of a Board of REALTOR® we subscribe to a strict Code of Ethics. A REALTOR® is the agent of the seller, but will carry out the transaction in your best interest (unless working with a Buyer’s Agent). Working with a REALTOR® works in your favor in terms of convenience, your budget and most of all your piece of mind.
A REALTOR® has the most information in one place about what is “on the market”, including homes listed by other REALTORS®. You will not waste time looking at unsuitable homes.
A REALTOR® helps you determine how much home you can afford, how you can acquire the down payment and what financing options may be open to you.
A REALTOR® can help you find the home best suited for your needs size, style, features, location, accessibility to schools, transportation, shopping, etc.
A REALTOR® can suggest simple changes that could make a prospective home more suitable for you and improve its utility and value. Your REALTOR® maybe one of many nationwide who have completed a government-approved, residential energy efficiency program that can work to your benefit.
A REALTOR® can supply supply information on real estate values, taxes, utility costs, municipal services and facilities.
A REALTOR® has no emotional ties to a home, can be objective about it and can point out its advantages and disadvantages.
A REALTOR® acts as a liaison between the seller and the buyer presenting offers and counter-offers until an agreement is reached.
SELLING A HOME
Only a real estate professional who belongs to the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® may cal themselves a REALTOR®. The following are some of the ways that a REALTOR® can help you sell your home.
A REALTOR® is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to market conditions and will offer the quickest exposure to the maximum number of prospective buyers
A REALTOR® qualifies prospects as to their affordable price range and housing needs.
A REALTOR® knows current real estate values and can help you set a realistic, competitive price. This skilled professional knows how to market your home effectively.
A REALTOR® is familiar with the local mortgage market and can help a buyer find the proper financing to purchase your home.
A REALTOR® can figure the net proceeds from your sale, taking into account your outstanding loan balance, etc. in order to help determine what you can now afford in searching for your new home.
A REALTOR® can tap an even larger market through referrals and marketing techniques.
A REALTOR® maintains objectivity in presenting offers and counter-offers.
A REALTOR® will familiarize you with closing procedures and free you from problems associated with showing your home and negotiating price without professional experience. Your home will only be shown to qualified serious buyers.