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Why Should I Work with a REALTOR®

A real estate agent’s job is to help guide you through the complexities of buying or selling a property.  But not everyone with a real estate license is a REALTOR®.  A REALTOR® is not just a real estate licensee but is also a member of the National Association of REALTORS®.

So what’s the difference?  REALTORS® must meet stricter education requirements than the law requires, and they’re bound not only by that law but by the higher standard of the REALTOR® Code of Ethics.  That’s why only REALTORS® are allowed to use the famous REALTOR® “R”. 

Your REALTOR® is committed to protecting your interests throughout the entire transaction with the integrity, honor, professionalism, and expertise that meets the high standards set by the REALTOR® name.

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REALTORS® have access to more sophisticated tools to help sellers market their properties to the right audience, help buyers find just the right home, and make the entire process run smoothly.

You’ll find your REALTOR® isn’t just an expert on your local real estate market, but also a trusted adviser who can help you navigate a complex transaction.

What will a REALTOR® do for me?


  • Help you determine how much home you can afford
  • Explain financing options and help you find the right loan.
  • Assist in your home search through the local
  • Multiple Listing Service, or with houses you find through or other websites.
  • Provide objective data about each property – including helping find the information you might not realize is available.
  • Provide negotiating expertise and help resolve any issues that arise with the seller that could delay the closing or void the contract.
  • Help you get and understand any homeowner association documents.
  • Coordinate appraisals and other services your lender may require.
  • Help you determine what inspections are necessary, such as for dry rot, asbestos, radon, mold, and the condition of the roof and/or septic tank (to name a few!).
  • Explain earnest money deposits, escrow accounts, and closing costs.
  • Go on a final walk-through to make sure everything is in order and any repairs have been made properly.
  • Work with you and the seller’s agent to reach a smooth and problem-free closing.


  • Go over the market conditions to help you set the right price for your home based on everything from size and condition to recent sales in your neighborhood.
  • Find the best places to market your property – including the local Multiple Listing Service and other channels that may not be available to the general public.
  • Help prepare or “stage” your home for sale by suggesting small improvements that can make the difference – everything from arranging furniture to choosing the right paint color.
  • Take professional photos and videos, and make sure they’re included in your home’s advertising.
  • Coordinate inspections, appraisals, and other issues to ensure a smooth closing.
  • Provide negotiating expertise and help resolve any issues that arise with the buyer that could delay the closing or void the contract.
  • Work with you and the buyer’s agent to reach a smooth and problem-free closing.