Maybe you're buying a home for the first time. Or maybe you're selling your old home to move to something new. Whether buying or selling, you’re involved in an intricate process requiring many specialists. One of these specialists might be a REALTOR®, who’s responsible for making the transaction as easy as possible for you.
The REALTOR® Difference
However, not every licensed or registered broker or salesperson is a REALTOR®. To be a REALTOR®, the agent must be a member of The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). And to be a member of CREA, an agent is expected to be:
- Committed to the REALTOR® Code: The code is the accepted standard of conduct for all real estate practitioners who are REALTORS®. It's your guarantee of professional conduct and the quality service. Read more about the ® Code.
- Knowledgeable about developments in real estate: A REALTOR® can get you the information needed to make an informed decision: comparable prices, neighborhood trends, housing market conditions and more.
- Actively updating education: Through courses, workshops and other professional development, a REALTOR® maintains a high level of current knowledge about real estate.
- Access: REALTORS® have access to Board MLS® Systems, which facilitate the cooperate sale of properties to benefit consumers.
Benefits of a REALTOR®
Whether buying or selling a home, you can trust that your REALTOR® will ensure the transaction is completed competently and professionally. You don’t have to worry about the details – your REALTOR® can take care of them for you. You can get advice from someone with an intimate knowledge of the local housing market. And you can count on the help of a professional who has committed to serve with integrity and competence.
The Value of Working with a REALTOR®
The trademark name, REALTOR®, identifies those real estate licensees who are members of a local real estate board, the British Columbia Real Estate Association and the Canadian Real Estate Association.
At the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board we educate and train real estate agents within our geographic area so that British Columbians can buy and sell their homes with confidence.
Our trained REALTORS® are also soccer moms, volunteer firefighters and members of local non-profit groups. They improve the quality of life in all our neighbourhoods whether they are helping someone find a home or coaching in the local arena.
How REALTORS® Help
When you enlist the help of an expert REALTOR®, you're not just gaining support to buy or sell a house – you're gaining an ally who'll help you make the most out of your home.REALTORS® can guide you through every step of the process, explain the current market, help navigate complex paperwork and offer invaluable advice. Contact a REALTOR® when you are ready to make a move.
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