Working With Your Realtor
REALTOR® – A professional in Real Estate who subscribes to a strict Code of Ethics as a member of the local and state boards and the National Association of Realtors®.
Team Effort with Your REALTOR® will Make Your Home Purchase Easier and More Pleasant
Here are a Few Helpful Suggestions:
- Pick one real estate agent and stay with him/her. Nothing inspires a professional to seek and find the home of your choice more than knowing you are relying on him/her completely.
- Choose an agent carefully. Make sure he/she is a Realtor, a full-time associate, professionally trained to service your needs.
- Troop Real Estate Realtors belong to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). This way he/she can show you any home listed in the area, including those exclusively listed by another agency. You do not have to contact each office to see different listings. If you see a house advertised that is listed with another firm, ask your agent to arrange a showing.
Once You and Your REALTOR® Have a Committed Business Relationship, there are ways You can Help:
- A frank approach to your needs and price range is crucial. Over-estimating your ability to pay can leave you unqualified for mortgage monies; underestimating your price range can eliminate that “perfect home” from the portfolio of houses the agent selects to show you, based on information you supplied. Answer personal financial and credit questions that he/she asks honestly – remembering that all such information is kept confidential.
- If you wish to attend an Open House and your agent cannot attend, be sure to have your Realtor’s business card to let them know you are attending as his/her client. Otherwise, if you decide to buy it, you may find you’re obligated to work with the Open House host salesperson.
- If you see a sign on a property, an ad in the paper or home guide which piques your curiosity, do call your agent and ask about it. Let your agent make the inquiry; a lot more information can be exchanged Realtor to Realtor, which will be helpful to you.
- While a Realtor is well-versed in the local real estate market, he/she should also be knowledgeable on such matters as financing, taxes, schools, local communities and the like. However, a Realtor is not an accountant, lawyer, a mortgage officer or engineer. Be sure to consult with a professional on such matters.