|Why Use a REALTORŪ
|Not every agent or broker is a REALTORŪ! Here are the advantages
of working with a REALTORŪ when buying or selling real estate. The decision to buy or
sell real estate is one of the most important ones you can make. A REALTORŪ has the
interest, resources, and dedication to guide you through the process. When the public
asks for a REALTORŪ or seeks the REALTORŪ trademark, they are getting more than a
real estate licensee-they are getting a member of their local association of
REALTORSŪ, Illinois Association of REALTORSŪ and National Association of REALTORSŪ.
REALTORSŪ subscribe to the Association's strict Code of Ethics, encouraging high
professional standards through required educational programs, professional
certification, code of ethics and principles of real estate sales practices. Only a
REALTORŪ can display the REALTORŪ logo which is a federally registered mark licensed
exclusively to the members of the National Association of REALTORSŪ. This mark
represents a high standard of professional conduct in serving the interests of
clients and customers.
|Purchasing Real Estate
|When purchasing real estate a REALTORŪ can help you
determine what you can afford and shows you only those properties that meet
A REALTORŪ can explain alternative mortgage financing programs.
In addition to knowing the local money market, a REALTORŪ can tell you what
personal and financial data to bring with you when applying for a loan. Already
familiar with current real estate values, real estate taxes, utility costs,
municipal services and facilities, a REALTORŪ may also be able to respond to
your questions about local zoning changes that could affect your decision to
A REALTORŪ can research your property needs in advance through the Multiple
Listing Service or the Commercial Real Estate Network.
A REALTORŪ can provide you with a checklist to serve as a reminder of some
things you should look for in order to make a wise buying decision.
|Selling Real Estate
|A REALTORŪ can free a seller from the time, effort and
details involving the sale of the property. They can establish the fair
market value and can advise when seller financing might be in your best
interest. With an interest in bringing both buyer and seller together, a
REALTORŪ can help negotiate a satisfactory agreement between the parties.
Before the first showing and beyond the final sale, you'll get the
expertise and service you look for in a real estate profession who knows how
to sell your property.
A REALTORŪ does a lot of homework in order to sell your real estate. The
property is listed, ads are placed, inquiries are handled and appointments
for showing are arranged with your convenience and best interest in mind.
With the aid of a Multiple
Information Service or Commercial
Real Estate Network a REALTORŪ can list a property and work with other REALTORSŪ to
assure a wider range of prospective buyers. Through your REALTORŪ you also
have the ability to have your property exposed to the largest audience
possible through www.seehouses.com.
A REALTORŪ has the advantage with expertise in...
To learn more, visit the National Association of REALTORSŪ website at www.REALTOR.org.
- Comparative Market Analysis
- Loans and Loan Sources
- Earnest Money
- Loan Products that fit your budget
- Agency Options
- Fair Housing
- Local and National Market Conditions
- Lead Paint, Radon and Other Environmental Concerns
- Marketing the Property
- Showing and Qualifying the Potential Borrowers
- The Closing Process
- Providing the Most Comprehensive Information on Available Listings
- Many other Aspects of the Buying and Selling Process