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How a Realtor can help solve your real estate puzzle
It's not necessarily common knowledge, but there's a big difference between a Realtor like myself and a real estate agent. Like real estate agents, Realtors are licensed to do business in their state. However, Realtors have gone a step further to become members of the local board of Realtors and have agreed to abide by strict ethical rules. That means you can trust a Realtor to act with the highest degree of professionalism and provide the highest level of service.
A Realtor brings a lot more to the table as well. For example, he or she can:
- help you determine how much you can afford to spend on your home, suggest ways to save enough money to make the down payment, and explain which financing options make the most sense for you;
- tell you what personal and financial data to bring when you apply for a loan;
- apprise you of current real estate values, taxes, utility costs, municipal services, and zoning regulations, all of which are key elements of your home-buying decision;
- use a Multiple Listing Service to identify only those homes that meet your stated criteria, including size, features, and location; and
- suggest simple, inexpensive ways to modify a home that you're considering so that it better meets your needs.
Most importantly, a Realtor is a consummate professional who truly understands the important — even life-changing — decision to sell or buy a home. So if you're looking to sell or are in the market to buy, the very first step should be to hire a Realtor. The guidance he or she provides through every phase of the process will be invaluable.
Source: National Association of Realtors
Rino Maddalena is an Associate Broker with Llewellyn Realtors. To contact Rino for all of your Real Estate needs call (301) 717-1075 or via e-mail at email@example.com.