The Realtor Difference
Why a professional is still relevant in your home purchase
What is a Realtor? Folks not “in the trade” may not understand the difference between a Realtor and a Real Estate Agent. Both must be licensed by the state(s) in which they sell real estate, and both must abide by certain trade laws and ethics which protect customers from unethical practices; however, a Realtor adds just a bit more to your real estate experience.
Realtors have access to MLS systems (which stands for Multiple Listing Systems). Similar to what you find on home search websites, MLS provides a database of homes that are active and not active on the market as well as important information about homes for sale and how to best contact the owners and facilitate a transaction.
Realtors have a higher standard when it comes to their Code of Ethics. Realtors have committees that are focused on improving social and ethical standards and providing fair treatment in trade and customer relations.
Realtors provide (and require) education in order to keep all agents current to changes in law which ultimately protects your home buying and selling experience.
There are many more reasons why using a Realtor in your home transaction is still relevant, even though so much information is available through internet access, but the most important to our home buyers and sellers? Check out this article which lists the top 3 reasons Buyers and Sellers end up using an agent.
What were the top reasons home owners identified for having a real estate agent by their side?
- Handling paperwork: 67%
- Having someone who understands market value: 59%
- Access to market information: 53%
- Handling paperwork: 64%
- Advertising the home to bring in offers: 58%
- Having someone to price the home appropriately: 57%
Members of the Best Darn Real Estate Team at Keller Williams Realty River Cities are Realtors and abide by the Realtor standard, while participating in our local Boards. Check out Our Philosophy to see why working with us is a different experience.