Many consumers consider selling their home directly but eventually turn to REALTORS®. Smart home sellers realize they need the expertise in pricing their home, making connections with REALTORS® working with buyers, arranging and staffing open houses, and coordinating with other professionals in the sales process.
Only about half of all real estate agents are REALTORS® – the top half, in our not-so humble opinion. REALTORS® work independently, for small agencies, or for large brokerages. They help people buy and sell residential or commercial properties, vacation homes, and land; they conduct appraisals; they operate in the United States and in other countries; some specialize in auctions; and others are buyer’s representatives.
Move or Remodel(http://www.houselogic.com/articles/should-you-move-or-improve/)
Are you considering a move? Check out HouseLogic, NAR’s new consumer site, to analyze the pros and cons of moving or staying put, plus lots more information about owning a home.
REALTORS® Are Experts
Eighty-five percent of sellers were assisted by a real estate agent when selling their home, according to NAR Research, and 79 percent of buyers purchased their home through a real estate agent or broker.
Why Use a REALTOR®? (http://www.realtor.com/Basics/AllAbout/Realtors/Why.asp)
Real estate transactions involve one of the biggest financial investments most people experience in their lifetime. Here are 12 ways a REALTOR® will make your home buying or selling experience better.
REALTORS® Are Part of the Community
REALTORS® Work to End Housing Discrimination (http://www.realtor.org/PublicAffairsWeb.nsf/Pages/FairHsgMonth06)
– during April, which is Fair Housing Month, and all year long. REALTORS® are active members of their
REALTORS® Protect You
Only REALTORS® Follow a Code of Ethics (http://www.realtor.org/codeofethics)
To be a member of NAR and a REALTOR®, a real estate agent must abide by a set of professional principles and serve clients fairly.
Specialty Mortgages: What Are the Risks and Advantages?
A growing number of home buyers are deciding to use one of several new types of specialty mortgages that let them “stretch” their income so they can qualify for a larger loan. Before you decide whether a specialty mortgage is for you, read this brochure.