What is a Realtor Vs. a Real Estate Agent?

 

 

       A Realtor is a Real Estate Agent who helps sellers understand the selling process and list their home for sale.  A Realtor is defined as someone who belongs to the National Association of Realtors and works in a fiduciary capacity to represent clients.

Only real estate professionals who are members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS (NAR) can call themselves REALTORS.  All REALTORS adhere to NAR's strict Code of Ethics, which is based on professionalism and protection of the public.  That is why all real estate licensees are NOT the same. 

      Dedicated to serving America's property owners at both local and national levels, the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.  The Voice of Real Estate, is the largest professional association at over one million members strong.  So, whether you're buying or selling a home - it pays to work with a REALTOR.  Look for the REALTOR logo when choosing your real estate agent.

 

 

Realtors know what makes a house sell and what doesn't.

THE CODE OF ETHICS:

A Commitment to the Public

The code of Ethics of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS is the promise to the public that when dealing with a real estate agent that it is a REALTOR, they can expect honest and ethical treatment in all transaction - related matters.  Only REALTORS pledge to abide by the Association Code of Ethics and only REALTORS are held accountable for their ethical behavior.

Some of the basic principles of the Code of Ethics include:

  • Protect and promote your client's interests, but be honest with all parties.

  • Avoid exaggeration, misrepresentation, and concealment of pertinent facts.  Do not reveal facts that are confidential under the scope of your agency relationship.

  • Disclose present or contemplated interest in any property to all parties.

  • Avoid side deals without your client's informed consent.

  • Accept compensation from only one party, except with full disclosure and informed consent.

  • Keep the funds of clients and customers in escrow.

  • Assure, whenever possible, that transactional details are in writing.

  • Provide equal service to all clients and customers

  • Be knowledgeable and competent in the fields of practice in which you ordinarily engage. Obtain assistance or disclose lack of experience if necessary.

  • Do not engage in the unauthorized practice of law.

 

Being a Seller's Agent is one of the best jobs in the world in my opinion because you get to help people sell their home at the price and terms they want and make it happen.  It's an extremely gratifying experience being a Seller's Agent.

As a professional home sales person, I evaluate your home and suggest improvements to get you maximum value. We're skilled at staging your home and handling showings to generate a positive response.

The agent you choose is going to represent you and your property.  It's important that the agent you choose knows the area you're selling in, and knows the other properties for sale, and that have sold recently. 

Other properties in the area could be competition to your sale, and it's good to know what you're up against.  An agent who knows the local area can assess your home as it sits in the market, alongside similar properties.