Only Real Estate licensees who are members of the National Association of Realtors are properly called Realtors.
Here are a few reasons why you might want to consider working with a professional.
Education and Experience – Knowledge is power. There are many things to consider when selling and/or purchasing a home. A Realtor can identify and provide comparable sales and market trends in a particular area. They’re familiar with community rules, regulations and ordinances. They can explain the legal details of a contract, and offer guidance in order for you to make the right decisions.
Representation – A Realtor, acting on your behalf, takes the responsibility of marketing, listing and showing your property, making appointments, organizing inspections, keeping the transaction on schedule, as well as keeping you informed – which takes the weight off your shoulders and gives you more time to concentrate on your work and family.
Professional Networking Realtors network with other professionals, many of whom provide services that you will need to buy or sell. They should be able to give you a list of references to help you make a wise selection.
Negotiation Skills – Unlike most Buyers and Sellers, a Realtor can remove themselves from the emotional aspects of a transaction. They are professionals who are trained to present their client’s case in the best light, and agree to hold client information confidential from competing interests.
Customer Service – Realtors will go above and beyond, to provide their customers with the information, guidance, and confidence they need to achieve their goals. Their continued success depends upon it.
Choose an Experienced Realtor
- Find a Realtor who knows the area well. Someone who is a longtime resident.
- Ask your Realtor if there are any new community developments – either scheduled or being discussed.
- Ask if there are any particular restrictions for that neighborhood.
- If you are concentrating on a particular neighborhood, ask for recent sales comps
- Have your Realtor explain the Florida Bar Sales Contract that would be used in making an offer and how that contract works if there is a counter-offer.