05 Apr Why Work with a Realtor if You Are Buying or Selling Your Home
Did you know that real estate licensees aren’t all the same? When you see the REALTOR® mark next to an agent’s name, it means that agent belongs to the largest professional association in real estate which requires agents to follow a strict code of ethics. So buyers can rest assured that they’re in good hands. If you’re trying to decide whether to work with an agent or not, here are some reasons why it’s always wise to work with a Realtor if you are buying or selling your home.
Ethical and Honest Representation
Realtors are members of the National Association of REALTORS® in the United States and the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) in Canada. To work under these associations, agents must abide by the REALTOR® Code of Ethics and adhere to strict codes of conduct. The standards they must operate under are stricter than those that govern regular agents, and they also have to pledge to put the interests of their clients ahead of their own. So when you hire a realtor, you can expect honest and ethical representation.
A REALTOR® is not only highly trained and skilled in real estate, but they’re also continuously learning to keep up with the market as it evolves. As part of their membership requirements, Realtors are expected to complete ongoing training and keep up with all of the latest industry trends and changes to the laws and regulations. Unlike part-time agents, realtors handle many transactions throughout the year and are on top of their game when it comes to being informed of any new, relevant information.
There are a number of properties that are often not listed but are in fact available. A REALTOR® can help you find those off-market deals and also help you avoid any scams or out of date listings.
Not everyone has the knowledge that’s necessary when you can negotiate a little more wiggle room, but a Realtor does. It’s essential to have someone that will work on your behalf to ensure that the offer you’re presented with is the best one for you.
The purchase and sale agreement has a number of legal terms and conditions that are easy to misinterpret. One misstep could leave you in a financial situation or even legal jeopardy. A REALTOR® has all the legal knowledge necessary to ensure that when you sign on the dotted line, it coincides with what was agreed upon to keep your interests protected.
Ready to get the expertise from a REALTOR® either buy or sell your home in Ottawa? Contact our offices at Geoff & Bobbie McGowan today, and we’ll get you started on the right track today!