REALTORS® bring ethics and education

Selling a home involves dozens of steps that can be overwhelming for the average person, therefore, Realtors® are a must. Most house hunters have full-time jobs and would rather not fuss with the paperwork nor the time involved to search through hundreds of potential homes. “That’s why the REALTOR® is the key to ensuring the best outcome for both buyers and sellers,” explains Kimber Smith. Smith is Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Towne Realty’s COO and president of the Williamsburg Area Association of REALTORS®.

“Not all real estate licensees are Realtors®. The term REALTOR® is a membership mark that identifies a licensed real estate professional who is a member of National Association of REALTORS® (NAR),” explained Smith. Most noteworthy is that “Members of NAR subscribe to a Code of Ethics. They are required to take training on the Code every two years.”

NAR adopted its Code of Ethics in 1913. The Code spells out professional responsibilities owed to clients, other Realtors® and the general public. Besides that, “Realtors® also have access to educational opportunities in both residential and commercial. This directly benefits the consumer.”

More than 80% of home buyers and sellers used a real estate professional. Almost 90% said they would use the same again or recommend their agent to others. From negotiating contract terms to managing inspections, a Realtor® provides guidance,” he added.

Interested in hiring a licensed real estate agent who is also a Realtor®? Visit Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Towne Realty and let us help you find your perfect match with an agent and your next home.