All real estate licensees are not the same. Only real estate agents who are members of the National Association of REALTORS® are called REALTORS®. They proudly display the REALTOR® logo on their business card, website, and marketing. REALTORS® subscribe to a strict code of ethics and have access to advanced educational opportunities and training in both residential and commercial real estate specialties. REALTORS® are committed to treating all parties to a transaction honestly.
Providing Security | Agents will generally prescreen and accompany qualified prospects through your property.
Negotiating Your Real Estate Deal | Your agent can help you objectively evaluate every buyer’s proposal without compromising your marketing position. This initial agreement is only the beginning of a process of appraisals, inspections and financing—a lot of possible pitfalls. Your agent can help you write a legally binding, win-win agreement that will be more likely to make it through the process.
Monitoring, Renegotiating and Closing | Between the initial sales agreement and the closing (or settlement), questions may arise. For example, there are unexpected repairs that require the buyer to obtain financing, or a cloud in the title is discovered. The required paperwork alone is overwhelming for most sellers. Your agent is the best person to objectively help you resolve these issues and move the transaction to closing.
Getting Expert Assistance | Selling your home is one of the biggest financial decisions you’ll make. Transactions today usually exceed $100,000. If you had a $100,000 income tax problem, would you attempt to solve it without the help of a CPA? If you had a $100,000 legal question, would you deal with it without the help of an attorney? Considering the relatively small cost of hiring a REALTOR® and the large potential risk of not hiring one, it’s smart to find a professional to sell your home.