The Value of a Realtor
Real estate is a big deal and for most of us it will be the biggest purchase we make in our lifetime. It is a serious transaction that can be fraught with financial and emotional ramifications. Why would you want to go through it alone when you can have a knowledgeable professional by your side? As a Realtor, my fiduciary responsibility is to you. That means I am looking out for your best financial interests and am bound to do everything in my power to protect you. I worked in the mortgage industry for 15 years before becoming a licensed Realtor so in addition to helping you find your dream home I will be your ally through the inspection, appraisal, and mortgage application process. I have developed relationships with the best in the business in all of these categories and believe me after 15 years I know who they are.
It's true that you can shop for a house and even get a look inside without a real estate agent. But it is very likely that you do not have time to make shopping for a home your part-time job. I have chosen to make it my full time job and I can match you with your perfect property faster and more efficiently than if you were going at it alone.
Not all Real Estate Agents choose to be a member of the National Association of Realtors but I have and that means I have agreed to abide by their code of ethics. That code essentially stipulates that Realtors deal with all parties of a transaction honestly. Under the code I am obligated to put your interests ahead of my own and if I don't there will be consequences.
If you have ever bought a house you know the amount of paperwork involved. Now this is where my years of working in the mortgage industry will help you. I will make sure every disclosure is signed and every page is dated properly and initialed. No one wants a call in the middle of their work day two days before closing asking for the odd signed page or disclosure and if I am your Realtor you won't get this call.
Aside from the technical aspects of a sale and the mountains of paperwork it is my job to know the neighborhoods inside and out. If you have a specific need, I will know the house that meets that need. Once we find that house, I will be by your side during the negotiations and the inspection. I will help you with local zoning ordinances so you can build that fence or add that bedroom down the road. Although I am not a lawyer I will still be a resource long after you have closed. I am required to keep full files in all transactions for several years so you can count on me to provide what you need should trouble crop up.
If you still have doubts about whether you should use the services of a Realtor we should meet for coffee. I know a great place.