In this day and age where the Internet and ever-evolving technologies are making it easier than ever for people to connect, why use a realtor ?(Properly written “REALTOR®.”)
First of all, what is a REALTOR®? The word “realtor” and the “R” logo are actually trademarked by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). The CREA is associated with the National Association of REALTORS® In the United States, as well.
This means there’s an important difference between REALTORS® and other real estate salespeople or brokers. REALTORS® are knowledgeable, are held to a standard of conduct, are expected to continue learning, and have access to Board MLS® (Multiple Listing Service) Systems (also trademarked).
More than just a database of listings, MLS® means cooperation between REALTORS® . As a buyer, that means you aren’t restricted to a set number of listings when searching for your dream home.
REALTORS® can help you with questions like: “Is it the right time to sell/buy?”, “How can I get the best price for my property?”, “How can I advertise most effectively?” They will also be able to tell you what schools and amenities are close by and the comparative market value of homes in the area when you’re buying a home.
To be a REALTOR® and hold membership in the CREA, that person is required to actively update their education through courses, professional development and workshops. They are also held to a strict code of professionalism and ethics.
There are a multitude of websites out there that allow you post your home for sale and view listings, and yes, they can help you find a buyer or ideal-looking property, but what about everything else? There are many services and tasks a realtor may perform in the process of closing a deal that are behind-the-scenes, that you may not be aware of.
Before you even meet a REALTOR® for a walk-through, they’ve likely done at least a few of the following:
Researched comparable properties in the area
Reviewed property tax information
Found out the lot size by checking municipal records
Checked the current zoning of the property
Verified information about previous owners
Identified the school district and its effect on property values
There is also a lot of paperwork and legalities involved in closing, mistakes in which could be costly for a buyer going it alone.
For more information, visit the CREA website.
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