Why Use a REALTOR®
Your real estate transaction represents one of your most valuable investments. It makes sense to hire a professional. A REALTOR® will offer professional representation to both buyers and/or sellers and protect the financial interest of their client. All real estate licensees are not the same. Only real estate licensees who are members of the National Association of REALTORS ®are committed to treat all parties to a transaction honestly and subscribe to a strict code of ethics, and are expected to maintain a higher level of knowledge of the process of buying and selling real estate. An independent survey reports that 84% of home buyers would use the same REALTOR® again.
Benefits When Buying Real Estate
The Buying Process
Your REALTOR® will assist you in determining your buying power, including all types of loans and the dollar amount you are qualified for.
Finding a Home
Your REALTOR® will have knowledge of the market and they have many resources to assist you in the search. Sometimes the property you are seeking is available, but not actively advertised in the market and it will take some investigation by your agent to find all available properties.
Selecting a Property
Your job is to make the final decision on which property is right for you. This is at a time when emotions run high – Your REALTOR® will provide objective information about each property that will help you with this important decision.
Your REALTOR® protects your financial investment and will make you aware of all of the issues in the contract that you sign.
Comparative Market Analysis
Your REALTOR® will provide you with market information so that you can price your real estate competitively using professional advice.
By listing your home through the MLS system you can expose your property to the greatest number of qualified buyers. Your REALTOR® will also offer suggestions on improvements you can make that will increase sales appeal.
Your REALTOR® will help you with security by not allowing strangers, who are not pre-qualified prospects, into your home. By screening potential buyers, showings will be limited to pre-qualified buyers.
Your REALTOR® will work to protect your financial interest and make you aware of all contingencies in the contract.
Benefits to Both Buyers and Sellers
Your REALTOR® will coordinate financing, title work, appraisals, home inspections, appraisal repairs and supervise the transaction until closing. Your REALTOR® will know what is legally and financially correct and will have the knowledge and information necessary to apply for appraisal reconsideration if necessary. There are many pitfalls that can occur between contract and closing; your REALTOR® is trained to assist with these and allow the transaction to proceed in a timely manner.
Real estate is a major investment. It makes sense to hire a professional. It makes sense to hire a REALTOR®.