You're trusting a REALTOR® with your most valuable possession: your property. REALTORS® take this responsibility very seriously.
Here's what a REALTOR® promises:
Your REALTOR® is highly trained
Your REALTOR® is continuously trained
Your REALTOR® does everything by the book
Your REALTOR® is an ethical businessperson
Your dealings with a REALTOR® are insured
Opportunity for recourse
Your REALTOR® will grant you access to the exclusive Multiple Listing Service®
For more information about the REALTOR® commitment, plus buying or selling your property, including step-by-step guides, checklists, expectations and questions for your REALTOR® and information about REALTORS®' extensive training and Code of Ethics, visit www.howrealtorshelp.ca.
Real estate transactions are among the largest financial investments that most people make. A trained professional can help make the experience pleasant and rewarding. In fact, with the assistance of a real estate professional, property sells faster and for a higher price.
Here's what you should expect from a Real Estate Professional:
An Explanation of the Process
A REALTOR® will not take it for granted that you know all the ins and outs of the buying/ selling process. Instead, he or she will provide you with a full explanation of what to expect and that’s important so you’re not faced with any surprises along the way.
An Assessment of Your Needs
One of the first questions a REALTOR® will ask is, Why are you moving? A REALTOR® will also explore any time constraints you might have (perhaps imposed by the need to relocate for employment), your financial situation and any future plans.
A Plan to Find Your Dream Home
A REALTOR® will help you identify what you want in your new residence. A pool? A garage? An extra room? A particular building design? What about the neighbourhood? Proximity to schools or work? A REALTOR® will compare your needs, wants and budget with what is available on the market and make recommendations that save you time and effort.
He or she will also accompany you as you view houses and help you assess their suitability and price. As an expert on a property, a REALTOR® can provide facts on the neighbourhoods, the cost of heating, the condition of the furnace, and so on. In other words, he or she will work with you to achieve your dream.
Access to Properties for Sale
Multiple Listing Service®or MLS® is an exclusive service accessible only through a REALTOR® and it can be a valuable tool. Through MLS®, the details of a wide variety of listed properties are made available to the REALTOR® you work with. That can save you a tremendous amount of time and effort in your hunt for the right home.
Knowledge of Financing Options
REALTORS® have extensive knowledge of the financing choices available to home buyers and there options and obtaining financing at the most attractive prevailing rates and terms.
A Skilled Negotiator
REALTORS® are experienced in arranging fair deals. He or she will assist in negotiating an offer, acting as a mediator to head off potential conflicts between you and the seller, and draw up a legally binding agreement.
Honesty and Integrity
Most real estate professionals in our province are member of the British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) and only members of BCREA can call themselves REALTORS®.
When you work with a REALTOR®, you can expect not only strict adherence to provincial laws, but also adherence to a Code of Ethics. And that code is very important to you because it assures you will receive the highest level of service, honesty and integrity.
Highest Professional Standards
Before receiving a real estate license, candidates must successfully complete an extensive course of study developed by BCREA on behalf of the British Columbia Real Estate Council.