Value of working with a REALTORŪ When Purchasing a Home
Buying a home is a complex and stressful undertaking;
Getting an expert to help will save you time, money, and aggravation.
Advantages of working with a REALTORŪ are:
Looking out for your best interests:
By asking a REALTOR to act on your behalf during the purchase of a home, you
create an Agency Relationship and become the REALTOR's client. REALTORS always
owe their clients full fiduciary duties, such as loyalty, obedience, confidentiality,
accountability, duty of care, and full disclosure of all pertinent facts.
Getting the best deal - Know
What have similar properties sold for in the immediate area? How long were they
on the market? How does this one compare? Is it over-priced, under-priced, or
fair value? What type of market is it - is it a Seller's, Buyer's or a Balanced
market? By having this information at your fingertips, you are in a position
to negotiate the best price and take advantage of any opportunities that may
While a REALTOR does many things, one of his or her most important functions
is to negotiate on behalf of their clients. When you purchase a home, you want
the best deal possible. Your REALTOR's job is to facilitate this by drawing up
legally binding contracts, assisting in negotiating offers, offering advice and
perspective and, if needed, acting as a mediator during any potential disputes
between you and the seller.
Finding the right home and neighborhood for
REALTORS spend a lot of time and energy making sure they know their local market
inside and out. They are familiar with the current market values of properties
in the areas you are looking and are your best resource for finding the right
A REALTOR brings to the table all of his or her knowledge, training and negotiation
skills, and will explain exactly what you can expect from the buying/selling
process. He or she will be able to explain your rights and obligations, help
organize and strategize, and even discuss financing options.
All REALTORS are members of the National Association of Realtors (NAR). This
organization requires all of its members to adhere to a strict Code of Ethics
and Standard of Business Practice. The Code and Standards are very important
because they assure that all REALTORS offer the highest level of service, honesty
and integrity possible. All REALTORS are subject to constant professional monitoring
that keeps them directly accountable to the individual consumers they serve.
NAR also ensures that all of its members are knowledgeable and highly trained
in order to better serve the public, and offers ongoing education courses so
that REALTORS continue to meet the highest professional standards in a constantly
Determining your "wish list":
What is it that you want from your new home? A particular style, design, lot
type? Proximity to schools, services, work? A pool? A two-car garage? A specific
price range? A REALTOR will help identify exactly what it is you are looking
for and ensure that you get to see all the homes that meet your criteria.
Assist with financing needs:
REALTORS are familiar with all of the complexities involved in the pre-qualification,
approval and negotiation of mortgage rates. Like many industries, banks are experiencing
quite a bit of competition and are often willing to flex from their quoted rates.
Experienced REALTORS can often assist in finding the most competitive rates and
Access to Multiple Listing Services:
REALTORS have exclusive access to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). The MLS
system also allows a REALTOR to examine all properties for sale and short-list
the ones that are right for you. This not only offers more choices but also saves
you valuable time and effort.
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