When Is a Real Estate Agent a Realtor®?
A real estate agent is a Realtor® when he or she becomes a member of the National Association of Realtors®, The Voice for Real Estate®, the world's largest professional association. The term Realtor® is a registered collective membership mark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the National Association of Realtors® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics.
Founded in 1908, NAR has grown from its original nucleus of 120, to over 800,000 members today. NAR is composed of Realtors® who are involved in residential and commercial real estate as brokers, salespeople, property managers, appraisers, counselors and others who are engaged in all aspects of the real estate industry.
Members belong to one or more of 1,700 local associations/boards and 54 state and territory associations of Realtors® and can join one of our many institutes, societies and councils. Additionally, NAR offers members the opportunity to be active in our appraisal and international real estate specialty sections. Realtors® are pledged to a strict Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
Working for America's property owners, the National Association of Realtors® provides a facility for professional development, research and exchange of information among its members.
Why Use a Realtor®?
Buying and selling Real Estate is a complex process that is quite possibly the biggest purchase anyone will ever make. A first though it might seem that by checking the local media or www.ChampaignIllinoisRealEstate.com will be a way to quickly find the perfect home at the right price. But everyone should know that each piece of Real Estate is unique in its own way. No two properties are the same. If you have a duplex one half might be worth more (because of a better view, better condition, etc), even though someone might think they should be equally valued. If Buying: Let me make sure you get a fair deal. If Selling: Let me make sure your home is in a position to be sold; there is nothing worse for selling a home then having it overpriced. The longer a home is on the market, the harder it is to sell.
Just like homes differ (maybe even slightly), so do contracts on the Real Estate. Addendums, financing, inspections and closing costs all have the ability to change. No two contracts can be alike; they are supposed to change to allow for the transfer of a unique property. Working to make sure the forms, inspections, pricing, marketing, negotiating, are all handled in a professional and accurate manner will help insure that once a contract is signed it will be fulfilled. The professional who can help you is me, your local Realtor®. Contact me (Jeffrey Haskett) today and I will fulfill your Real Estate needs today and any other time in the future when you need my assistance.
What should you expect from me?
Once you select me as your Realtor® we will establish a proper business relationship. (as a customer or client depending on your situation) You probably know that some Realtor® work with buyers and some work with sellers, this will be determined by your needs at any specific time. It may very well be that you are selling your current home and also looking to buy something else. We all know that different “cycles” in our lives require different housing requirements. Regardless of what situation you are in, I can help. I will thoroughly explain the options available to you, and describe how I will work with you and provide you with accurate and up-to-date information. Once you put me to work for you, I will give you detailed information about the current market conditions, introduce you to a lender (if you don’t already have one in mind). I will also share with you the negotiating issues that might apply to your Real Estate transaction. While you or your home is in the market I will keep you fully updated and alert to any and all steps or situations that occur during the transition of buying or selling Real Estate.