Real estate transactions involve one of the biggest financial investments most people experience in their lifetime. REALTORS® are committed to treat all parties to a transaction honestly. REALTORS® 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.
Here are a few reasons to use a REALTOR®:
Your REALTOR® can help you determine your buying power — that is, your financial reserves plus your borrowing capacity. If you give a REALTOR® some basic information about your available savings, income and current debt, he or she can refer you to lenders best qualified to help you.
Your REALTOR® has many resources to assist you in your home 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.
Your REALTOR® can assist you in the selection process by providing objective information about each property.
REALTORS® can provide local community information on utilities, zoning, schools, etc.
Your REALTOR® can help you negotiate price, financing, terms, date of possession and often the inclusion or exclusion of repairs and furnishings.
Your REALTOR® can guide you through the closing process and make sure everything flows together smoothly.
When selling your home, your REALTOR® can give you up-to-date information on what is happening in the marketplace and the price, financing, terms and condition of competing properties.
Your REALTOR® will know when, where and how to advertise your property.
Your REALTOR® can help you objectively evaluate every buyer’s proposal without compromising your marketing position.
Your REALTOR® can help close the sale of your home. Between the initial sales agreement and closing, questions may arise. Your REALTOR® is the best person to objectively help you resolve these issues and move the transaction to closing.
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