Many home owners consider selling their home directly but eventually turn to a REALTOR® to close the deal. Smart home sellers realize they need the expertise a REALTOR® offers in pricing their home, making connections with other REALTORS®, working with buyers, arranging and staffing open houses and coordinating with other professionals in the sales process.
Only about half of all licensed real estate agents are REALTORS® – the top half, in our not-so-humble opinion. REALTORS® work independently, for small agencies or for large brokerages. They help people buy and sell residential or commercial properties, vacation homes and land; they conduct appraisals; they operate in the United States and in other countries; some specialize in auctions; and others are buyer’s representatives.
REALTORS® Are Experts
According to NAR’s 2005 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, 9 out of 10 home buyers use a real estate agent in the search process and the home price for sellers who use an agent is 16 percent higher than for those who don’t.
Real estate transactions involve one of the biggest financial investments most people experience in their lifetime. Read here of 12 ways a REALTOR® can make your home buying or selling experience better.
REALTORS® Are Part of the Community
REALTORS® work to end housing discrimination – during April, which is Fair Housing Month, and all year long. REALTORS® are active members of their communities.
REALTORS® Work to Protect You
Only REALTORS® follow a Code of Ethics.
To be a member of NAR and a REALTOR®, a real estate agent must agree to abide by a set of professional principles and serve clients fairly.
Learn how the Code of Ethics affects everyday real estate practices »