12.12.12: 12 Benefits to Using a Certified REALTOR®

1. You REALTOR® can help determine your buying power and refer you to lenders best qualified to maximize your loan and minimize your cost.
2. Your REALTOR® has full access to all the features of the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS) Canada’s most powerful real estate marketing network.
3. Your REALTOR® provides local community information on utilities, zoning, schools, etc. REALTORS® assist in making the best choice selecting an environment where you and your family can grow.
4. Your REALTOR® has a finger on the pulse of the housing market and is knowledgeable about developments and trends in real estate.
5. Your REALTOR® has the facts on comparable pricing, neighborhood trends and housing market conditions – data which you can use to set your best course of action and maximize your home’s resale value when you are ready to sell.
6. Your REALTOR® can negotiate the best deal. There are myriad negotiating factors, including price, financing, terms, date of possession and often the inclusion or exclusion of repairs, furnishings or equipment. Through negotiation alone, your REALTOR® often saves your more than the cost of their service.
7. Your REALTOR® assists you in providing due diligence to evaluate the property. This may include inspections for mold, dry rot, asbestos, faulty structure, roof condition, septic tank and well test, just to name a few.
8. Your REALTOR® can assist you in determining what conditions to recommend, and assist in finding qualified professionals to investigate and provide report to you.
9. Your REALTOR® can guide you through the sales process making sure everything flows smoothly from initial offer to closing.
10. Your REALTOR® markets your property to other real estate agents and the public. Often REALTORS® will provide guidance on staging or repairs that enhance the saleability of your property.
11. All REALTORS® are graduates of the real estate education program and are committed to pursuing ongoing professional development courses
12. All REALTORS® must adhere to a strict code of ethics and standards of business practice. This is your guarantee of professional conduct and service excellence.

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