Work with a REALTOR®
Whether buying or selling a home, the reasons to work with a REALTOR® who can offer professional advice are many. Here are some of the top considerations.
Fiduciary responsibility. When you work with a REALTOR®, their fiduciary responsibility is to you. That means you have an expert who is looking out for your best financial interests, an expert who’s contractually bound to do everything in their power to protect you.
Complex, ever-changing real estate regulations. Buying or selling a home is not like most consumer purchases. Every home is different, and laws change every year and vary from state to state. Generally speaking, people purchase a new home every 7-10 years, and a lot can change in that time. REALTORS® are immersed in real estate, and they must stay current with all the updates in regulations, laws, contracts and practices.
Help finding the right home. Browsing online is a terrific way to start a home search – in fact, almost 90 percent of people start their home search online.But when it’s time to buy, knowing all the pros and cons of a property can help you make the right decision.
Pricing and selling a home. There are lots of websites where you can view price estimates for your home before you list it for sale, but you take a risk using them. In some markets, online estimates can be off by as much as 35 percent, and they often rely on outdated tax records. REALTORS® know the local market, have access to the freshest sale data, and can price your house in line with the market to maximize your earnings.
Contracts and negotiations. Finding the right home is the fun part. Then the real work begins. A REALTOR® will help you navigate these complex documents and craft an attractive offer that makes sense for you. Plus, when it comes to negotiation, your REALTOR® is your advocate and can bring an objective voice to a very subjective situation.
The Code of Ethics. When you work with a REALTOR®, you’re partnering with a professional who operates according to a strict code of ethics. In place for over 100 years, the RALTOR® Code of Ethics ensures that consumers who work with a Realtor® are treated professionally and ethically in all transaction-related matters
Buyers and Sellers are happy with their REALTOR®
Among recent sellers in central Indiana who used an agent, 90 percent reported satisfaction saying they would definitely (65 percent) or probably (25 percent) use the agent again.
Among recent buyers in central Indiana 91 percent would use their agent again or recommend them to others.
Source: Information gathered from REALTOR.com and the 2013 Central Indiana Home Buyers and Sellers Profile