Every now and then we need an expert’s opinion, advice, and direction.  Does your knee hurt after a basketball game?  Go see a doctor.  Car won’t start?  Go see a mechanic.  Looking to buy/sell a house?  Go see/Use a REALTOR®.  The first two scenarios play out that way more often than not, however all too often the third situation is handled in a different manner- like For Sale By Owner.  Of course the inner workings of a knee or an engine can easily intimidate even the savviest person, but the inner workings of a real estate transaction can be just as complex and with a lot of moving parts.  The following four reasons explain why home buyers/sellers need to enlist the help of a knowledgeable and professional REALTOR®.

1.)    The Power of Search

Google has put all of the information in the world at our fingertips.  And while real estate listings are accessible online to anyone, REALTORS® have even more access.  Not only can they easily access the most up-to-date listings, they can find properties that aren’t being advertised. REALTORS® are also going to be the experts in your search area, guiding you to find that perfect neighborhood that fits your needs.

2.)    REALTORS® Code of Ethics

What sets a REALTOR® apart from a real estate agent?  The strict standards and Code of Ethics set forth by the National Association of REALTORS®.  These standards and codes mean that your REALTOR® will always act with your best interest in mind. REALTORS® in addition to their continuing education requirement must maintain their knowledge of the Code and can be sanctioned for violating any of the articles of the Code.

3.)    Skilled in Negotiation

There are a number of variables that go into the price of purchasing a home.  Between bidding wars and competition, negotiations can be intense especially when housing inventory is low.  Luckily a REALTOR® represents you in the purchase and is a savvy negotiator with both the experience and knowledge to get the best options to you. Acting with this partner can save you thousands.

4.)    Industry and Location Expertise

The real estate world is full of acronyms and jargon that can make your head spin.  This unique language, coupled with the forms and documents required can make buying or selling an overwhelming task.  Thankfully REALTORS® understand what needs to be done, how to communicate it, and most importantly can prepare the best deal for you while avoiding costly delays and mistakes.

While these are only a few of the reasons any home buyer should leverage the power and expertise of a REALTOR®, they can make this process a smooth and successful one