Helping consumers understand why working with a REALTOR® is the best choice for this life-changing experience goes way back to 1913.
That’s when National Association of REALTORS® began to set their members apart by adopting a Code of Ethics that still guides the business decisions of 1.3M REALTORS® today. The REALTOR® Code of Ethics isn’t just words on a page, but is a pledge of honesty, integrity, professionalism, and community service. Partnering with a REALTOR® delivers the peace of mind that comes from working with a real person…a real advocate…a real, trusted professional who is committed to their clients’ futures and neighborhoods just as much as they are.
It’s the Code of Ethics that helped to inspire NAR’s ad campaign, “That’s Who We R”. The campaign demonstrates the value of a REALTOR® and distinguishes REALTORS® from Real Estate Agent or Salesperson. Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® has over 1,000 members dedicated to professional and ethical service to their real estate clients.
1. Ethical Treatment
Every REALTOR® must adhere to a strict code of ethics, which is based on professionalism and protection of the public. As a REALTOR®'s client, you can expect honest and ethical treatment in all transaction-related matters. The first obligation is to you, the client.
2. An Expert Guide
Buying a home usually requires dozens of forms, reports, disclosures, and other technical documents. A knowledgeable expert will help you prepare the best deal, and avoid delays or costly mistakes. Also, there's a lot of jargon involved, so you want to work with a professional who can speak the language.
3. Objective information and opinions
REALTORS® can provide local information on utilities, zoning, schools and more. They also have objective information about each property. REALTORS® can use that data to help you determine if the property suits our needs.
4. Expanded search power
Sometimes properties are available but not actively advertised. A REALTOR® can help you find opportunities not listed on the home search sites and can help you avoid out-of-date listings that might be showing up as available online but are no longer on the market thus maximizing the use of time during your home search.
5. Negotiation knowledge
There are many factors up for discussion in a transaction. A REALTOR® will look at every angle from your perspective, including crafting a purchase agreement that allows enough time for you to complete inspections and investigations of the property before you are bound to complete the purchase.
6. Up-to-date experience
Most people buy only a few homes in their lifetime, usually with quite a few years in between each purchase. Even if you've done it before, laws and regulations change. Most REALTORS® handle hundreds of transactions over the course of their career.
7. Your rock during emotional moments
A home is so much more than four walls and a roof. And for most people, property represents the biggest purchase they will ever make. Having a concerned, but objective, third party helps you stay focused on the issues most important to you.