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Choosing a Real Estate Agent

As with many important decisions in life it helps to have an expert in the industry on your side. When it comes to buying a property our Weichert® Realtors® can guide you through the process, provide you with access to properties around Lee County that may not have hit the general market yet, provide market information so you can make an informed decision, and provide access to all properties available in our local multiple listing service area.

Today’s typical home sale involves as many as 20 steps to complete the transaction. Realtors® work through the real estate transaction process daily and understand how it affects the interests of their clients and customers. Realtors® know how to position a home for sale, negotiate contract terms, manage inspections to ensure a smoothest settlement as possible.

According to the 2012 NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers:

  • In 2012, 87 percent of buyers used a real estate agent, up steadily from 69 percent of buyers in 2001.
  • Eighty-six percent of buyers said they were very satisfied with their agent’s knowledge of the purchase process.
  • Eighty-seven percent of buyers said they were very satisfied with their agent’s honesty and integrity.
  • Eighty-nine percent of recent home buyers would recommend or use their agent again in the future.
  • Eighty-eight percent of sellers used an agent or broker to sell their home.
  • Only 9 percent of sellers sold without professional assistance, down from a high of 20 percent in 1987. And nearly one-third of those were transactions in which the seller already knew the buyer – the home was not sold on the open market.
  • Eighty-nine percent of buyers who used the Internet to search for a home used a real estate agent to purchase their home, compared with 71 percent of buyers who did not use the Internet.
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Not all real estate licensees are Realtors®. Only members of the National Association of Realtors® can call themselves Realtors® and must subscribe to the National Association of Realtors® strict Code of Ethics as a condition of membership.

The term Realtor® is not a generic term; it is a registered collective membership mark identifying a licensed real estate professional who is a member of NAR. The term Realtor® is NOT synonymous with “real estate agent.” There are more than 1.84 million active licensed real estate professionals in the U.S.; 1 million are members of NAR. Realtors® work in both residential and commercial real estate as brokers, salespeople, property managers, appraisers, counselors and others engaged in all aspects of the real estate industry.

All Realtors® must take comprehensive training on NAR’s Code of Ethics. The Code is a comprehensive document spelling out professional responsibilities owed to clients, customers, other Realtors® and the general public. Realtors® take ethics training at least once every four years to retain their membership. NAR adopted its Code of Ethics in 1913 and was only the second trade or business group in the United States to adopt mandatory ethical standards. Consumers can read more about the Code of Ethics and can find a summary of the Code that explains how it benefits them at www.realtor.org/code-of-ethics.

Here are some helpful tips to use when choosing your real estate professional:

  • Look for a Realtor® not just a real estate agent
  • Interview a few agents: Are they familiar with the area and/or type of property in which you are interested?
  • Ask how much time the agent will have for you, and if they are available at night and on weekends. Make sure they discuss and understand your time constraints.
  • Ask about their credentials and education: A good agent will continually strive to improve and gain knowledge of the latest real estate trends and hold the highest designations in their respective fields of expertise.
  • Does the agent return your calls promptly? Time is money when attempting to buy a property.
  • Ask for a list of properties they have sold or a list of references.
  • Choose an agent who listens attentively to your needs and concerns. Pick an agent, with whom you feel comfortable.