How To Find A Great REALTOR®
When selling a home, many people will leave the sale to someone experienced in the matter. This can be a real estate broker or agent. The term real estate agent is loosely applied to these professionals. Unknown to many people, there is a slight difference between broker, agent and REALTOR®. A broker handles the legal transaction between seller and buyer. An agent acts on behalf on either the seller or the buyer, and will usually act under a broker. Real estate agents require less experience, and take an exam that is less demanding than that taken by brokers.
A REALTOR® is both a broker and an agent. Actually, professional REALTORS® are a very small percentage of the millions of people in real estate around the world. In Canada, a person can only use the term REALTOR® after being licensed and registered by the Canadian Real Estate Association. What are the signs of a professional REALTOR®?
While the REALTORS® of days gone by survived on hoarding information on price and other useful information, present day REALTORS® operate in the age of Google search. This means a professional REALTOR® will want to thrive by providing efficient, friendly services to make the sale as smooth as possible. This involves full disclosure on pricing and the procedures involved. A good REALTOR® keeps the client informed through the process giving explanations and clarifications where necessary.
Selling or buying a home involves substantial amounts of money, so it is natural for the buyer or seller to become anxious if the process takes longer than is expected. A good REALTOR® will be willing to listen to your expectations and limitations in the transaction.
If you are buying, the REALTOR® should respect your budget and not push you to accept a higher priced home that will leave you in unmanageable debt. Remember the REALTOR® will keep his commission regardless. If you are selling, the REALTOR® should try to get your price as much as possible, and if it cannot be done, give you sensible reasons why your price is unachievable.
Some REALTORS® will sign the contract and disappear, only to resurface with an offer. A professional REALTOR® will want to keep in constant communication, updating the client at every stage of the transaction. If the REALTOR® cannot be available to communicate, he/she should inform you of the appropriate time to do so.
A REALTOR® who takes the time to build a relationship with a client puts the client at ease that everything is in professional hands.If you’re looking to work with a professional team that makes real estate easy for you, contact us at Sali Homes and ask us any of your real estate questions today!