Choosing a Real Estate agent ? Think about choosing a Realtor®. There is a general lack of knowledge and appreciation of what it means to be a Realtor® and why it is important so here goes.
Real Estate professionals are licensed by their states. So all folks legally practicing real estate are licensed. We have to pass courses and take tests. We must pay to be licensed and need to take continuing education courses to keep our licenses active and valid. People usually understand this.
In addition to getting licensed some folks go and extra step and become Realtors® What does this mean ? Realtors take extra classes. Realtors® also are bound by a code of ethics. This code have been around for a long time. In fact many Real Estate commission rules are modeled after the Realtor Code of Ethics.
Since Realtors pay to be part of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) they are generally full time professionals. In addition Realtors® have their own dispute resolution system available to other Realtors as well as the public. This is a very valuable tool which helps insure adherence to the code of ethics.
In addition to all of the above Realtors® are active in their communities. In our community we provide 2 scholarships to High School students. We contribute to many organizations which benefit the community. On a state and national level NAR lobbies for the rights of property owners.
So when you are looking for a real estate professional to work with you to either buy or sell. Consider choosing a Realtor®. Why ? Because they are already working for you and your community.