It is fairly common to see the terms REALTOR® and real estate agent being used interchangeably, but they are actually quite different! Both can sell real estate, but the key difference is that when you choose a REALTOR® they are a certified member of the National Association of REALTORS® and as a result they are bound by the professional standards laid out in the association's 100 year old code of ethics.
As noted, every REALTOR® is bound by a strict code of ethics. That means that when you are working with a REALTOR® you can expect honest and ethical treatment every step of the way.
Home buying is a complex process with lots of different forms, reports and documentation to wrangle! Your REALTOR® is your expert in all of these technical details and will help you to gather the right information and prepare the right offer. They can also help you to cut through all of the industry jargon.
A REALTOR® can give you an objective perspective on the local area including the schools, zoning, utilities and more. They will be able to pinpoint the neighborhoods that fit your needs, including those you may not have been aware of when searching for your next home.
When you are looking for your dream home a REALTOR® can get you access to properties that might not even be actively listed! When the market is moving fast listings go out of date quickly and you may be looking at homes that are already under offer. Your REALTOR® can help you to find those listings that are not widely advertised or haven't made it onto property websites yet!
Even if this is not your first rodeo when it comes to buying a home, it is likely your last experience of the process was a few years ago. Real estate moves fast, and there is a good chance, that what you think you know, could be outdated! When you work with a REALTOR® you are getting someone who has up to date knowledge and experience in all of the relevant laws and regulations you will need to navigate.
Wright Real Estate Services
d/b/a WRIGHT REALTY
4016 Sutherland Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37919