I am a REALTOR®, which means that I am a licensed real estate salesperson who belongs to the National Association of REALTORS®. What does that mean? It means that I have to adhere to a high standard of ethics and must follow the Code of Ethics of this association. It means I need to treat everybody ethically when I do my job.
REALTORS® represent clients, whether buyers or sellers, or both, in a transaction. Sometimes I assist a buyer client who doesn’t have a property to sell. Other times, I represent clients who are selling a property and buying a new property. Whomever I represent, I must do it in a fair and ethical way.
“Representing clients” encompasses a lot of things! Here’s a (partial) list. When listing the property, we:
- assist the seller in preparing the property for sale, whether that be providing advice on repairs that should be done before putting the house on the market or providing a selection of contractors from whom the sellers can choose to get the work done;
- give the property owner information so that they can determine a fair selling price for their home;
- have professional photographs and video done in order to market the property;
- facilitate showings of the property;
- interact with buyers’ agents to facilitate communication;
- make sure that the required documents are finalized so that the property can be marketed; and
- use our marketing expertise to attract buyers to the home.
When there’s been an offer on the home, we:
- facilitate communication between the two parties (buyers and sellers) in the transaction;
- assist in providing inspectors and appraisers access to the home;
- advise the owners during negotiations; and
- make sure all documentation is complete, so that the sale can go forward.
A REALTOR®’s job is to make sure a transaction progresses as smoothly as possible so that it can close on time!