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Why Use a Realtor

When you're ready to think about buying or selling your property, ask yourself these questions: Do I have the time, energy, sources of information and CONTACTS to do a job this size myself? A Realtor will assist a SELLER by:

  1. Determining the proper selling price; this takes a solid understanding of the local market and the ability to locate comparable sales information.
  2. Providing an extensive marketing plan to get your property sold; studies show that 82% of real estate sales are the result of agent contacts through previous clients, referrals and personal contacts with other agents.
  3. Negotiating in your behalf; an agent can put you in the best position not only with the buyer, but also with inspectors, banks, and appraisers.
  4. Limiting your legal liability; most for-sale-by owners are not aware of the documents that are required by law to be given to a prospective buyer, whether you use an agency or if you sell on your own.

A Realtor can also help a BUYER by assisting in finding the best loan and then in the selection of a home that will match that type of financing. And, an agent belonging to a multiple listing service has an inventory that covers not just one company's listing, but cooperates with others to find just the right property for you.

Also, it is important to know the difference between a person who holds a real estate license and a REALTOR. A REALTOR is obligated to abide by a strict CODE OF ETHICS, much like a lawyer or doctor. This requires a true commitment to fair and ethical treatment to all real estate customers. For the highest level of service, see your local REALTOR, Kim!