Courtesy of NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®
(Some of the following taken from www.realtor.com, the official site of the National Association of Realtors®)
If you give your REALTOR® some basic information about your available savings, income and current debt, he or she should assist you in referring you to lenders best qualified to help you.
Your REALTOR® has many resources to assist you in your home or property search. This is why you consult with a professional realtor because they have access to many resources at their fingertips.
Your REALTOR® can provide local community information on utilities, zoning, schools, etc. You will want to know if the property is located in an environment you want for a home or investment. You will want to own property with a good resale value.
Your REALTOR® is a negotiator. One skill an agent should possess is the ability to negotiate a price, assisting with financing, a possession date and repairs, if applicable. The purchase agreement should provide a period of time for you to complete appropriate inspections and investigations of the property before you are bound to finalize the purchase. Your agent can advise you if inspections are recommended or required.
Your REALTOR® should provide diligence in evaluating the property. This could include inspections for termites, lead based paint, faulty structure, septic tank and well tests. Your REALTOR® can assist you in finding qualified professionals in each area to provide a written report on the findings. A title search of the property will indicate ownership of property and historically, past owners and rights of access. The title to most properties will have some limitations, i.e., easements and any prohibited uses of the property to name a few.
Your REALTOR®, title company or attorney can help you resolve issues that might cause problems at a later date.
Your REALTOR® should help you in identifying qualified lenders.
Your REALTOR® should be available all the way through the closing process.
Your REALTOR® should give each seller information on what is happening in the market and advise you so you can make an informed pricing decision.
Your REALTOR® should show you information what your competition is doing in the marketplace. You want your property sold at the best price, quickly and with professional representation.
Your REALTOR® can help you by making suggestions on putting your home on the market and curb appeal. This may be recommending repairs or cleaning up clutter to enhance the sale of your property.
Your REALTOR® markets your property in multiple listing services to reach other real estate agents. As an agent, he or she should be proactive in advertising in newspapers, publications and be willing to hold Open Houses, if you desire.
Your REALTOR® should go over each buyer's proposal and assist you in making a decision on an offer. Your REALTOR® can help you write a legally binding agreement.
Your REALTOR® should help you resolve any closing issues and should always adhere to the realtor Code of Ethics.
There are no open houses at this time.