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Your Realtors Role 2012

Your Realtors Role 2012

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Published by Deborah A. Rutter
YouRunderstanding your options ROLE REALTOR S
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Buying or selling a house is the largest financial investment most people make, and it’s one of the most complex. You need to think about financing, appraisals, zoning regulations, short sales, repairs, and more. Realtors® are here to help.

RealtoRs® and Real estate agents
A real estate agent’s job is to help guide you through the complexities of buying or selling a property. But not everyone with a real estate license is a Realtor®. A Realtor
YouRunderstanding your options ROLE REALTOR S
®



Buying or selling a house is the largest financial investment most people make, and it’s one of the most complex. You need to think about financing, appraisals, zoning regulations, short sales, repairs, and more. Realtors® are here to help.

RealtoRs® and Real estate agents
A real estate agent’s job is to help guide you through the complexities of buying or selling a property. But not everyone with a real estate license is a Realtor®. A Realtor

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A real estate agent’s job is to help guide you through the complexitieso buying or selling a property. But not everyone with a real estatelicense is a Realtor
®
. A Realtor
®
is not just a real estate licensee, butis also a member o the National Association o REALTORS
®
.What’s the dierence? Realtors
®
must meet stricter educationrequirements than the law requires, and they’rebound not only by that law, but by the higherstandard o the REALTOR
®
Code o Ethics.That’s why only Realtors
®
are allowed to usethe amous Realtor
®
“R”.Your Realtor
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is committed to protecting your interests throughoutthe entire transaction with the integrity, honor, proessionalism, andexpertise that meets the high standards set by the “Realtor
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” name.And Realtors
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have access to more and more sophisticated tools tohelp sellers market their properties to the right audience, help buyersfnd just the right home, and make the entire process run smoothly.You’ll fnd your Realtor
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isn’t just an expert on your local real estatemarket, but also a trusted advisor who can help you navigate acomplex transaction.
RealtoRs
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and Real estate agentsWhat Will a RealtoR
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do foR me?
Realtors
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can be invaluable to buyers and sellers in a number o ways:
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help you determine how much home you can aord
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explain fnancing options and help you fnd the right loan
+
assist in your home search through the local Multiple ListingService, or with houses you fnd through Realtor.com and otherWeb sites
+
provide objective data about each property — including helpingfnd inormation you might not realize is available
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provide negotiating expertise, and help resolve any issues thatarise with the seller that could delay closing or void the contract
+
help you get and understand any homeowner associationdocuments
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coordinate appraisals and other issues your lender may require
+
help you determine what inspections are necessary, such as or dryrot, asbestos, and mold, and the condition o the roo and septictank — just to name a ew
+
explain earnest money deposits, escrow accounts, andclosing costs
+
go on a fnal walk
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ough to make sure everything is in order andany repairs have been made properly
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work with you and the seller’s agent to reach a smooth andproblem-ree closing
i y’r , yr Rr
®
c…
+
go over the market conditions to help you set the right price oryour home based on everything rom size and condition to recentsales in your neighborhood
+
fnd the best places to market your property — including thelocal Multiple Listing Service and other channels that may not beavailable to the general public
+
help prepare or “stage” your home or sale by suggesting smallimprovements that can make a big dierence — everything romarranging urniture to choosing the right paint color
+
take proessional photos and video, and make sure they’reincluded in your home’s advertising
+
coordinate inspections, appraisals, and other issues to ensure asmooth closing
+
provide negotiating expertise, and help resolve any issues thatarise with the buyer that could delay closing or voidthe contract
+
work with you and the buyer’s agent to reach a smooth andproblem-ree closing
Buying or selling a house is the largest fnancial investment most people make, and it’s one othe most complex. You need to think about fnancing, appraisals, zoning regulations,short sales, repairs, and more.
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