"Getting information off the Internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant."
- – Mitchell Kapor
If you landed on this page, you are one of the millions of people who will begin the homeownership process this year. With all of the information available online, and all of the various places to search for homes, it’s important for buyers and sellers to have someone they can trust to guide them. That person is a REALTOR®.
Benefits of a REALTOR®
When it comes to buying a home, finding it is the easy part. The value of a REALTOR® to a home buyer comes after that point. REALTORS® are trained to navigate the negotiation process while ensuring that all forms are filed and regulations are met. Most of the time it doesn’t cost the buyer anything to use a REALTOR®. Normally it is the seller of the home, not the buyer, who pays the REALTOR®.
A 2015 report from the National Association of REALTORS® revealed that 96% of the buyers who used the internet for home searches ultimately used a real estate agent to buy their home.
With all of the other details you have to juggle in the moving process, selling your home should not be one of them. Leave that in the expert hands of a trained REALTOR®. REALTORS® help market, price and sell the home. The seller’s REALTOR® shepherds the home through the listing, contract, inspection, appraisal and closing processes. They even track the status of a buyer’s loan approval to ensure no hick-ups surprise the seller.
When it comes to listing a home, 88% of sellers in 2014 used the services of a trained real estate agent or broker and were satisfied with their service.
The REALTOR® Difference
The REALTOR® “R” is more than a symbol; it’s a promise. It’s a promise of professionalism, integrity and continual training. While anyone can be a real estate agent, not every real estate agent can be a REALTOR®. A REALTOR® is part of local, state and national associations that hold them to these promises. Don’t settle for the average real estate agent. See for yourself the difference a REALTOR® makes.