6 Reasons You Should Buy or Sell a Home Using a Realtor®

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Realtor logo You need a Realtor® if you want it done right.

Realtor.com says, “we know any home buyer (or seller!) — can do it on your own. BUT   you really, really shouldn’t. This is likely the biggest financial decision of your entire life,  and you need a Realtor® if you want it done right.” Here’s why.


  1.  Realtors have lots of expertise.

Real estate has its own language, full of acronyms and semi-hidden jargon, and a Realtor is trained to speak that language fluently. Want to check the MLS for a 4B/2B with an EIK and a W/D? Do you know what SIY means?

Lots of forms, reports, disclosures, and other technical documents are normally required in completing a real estate transaction. Realtors have the expertise to help you prepare a killer deal—while avoiding delays or costly mistakes that can seriously mess a transaction up.

  1. Realtors have turbocharged searching power

The Internet is awesome, and online real estate listing sites help “do-it- yourself” buyers/sellers. BUT Realtors have access to many more listings and they can help you find them. Plus, a good local Realtor will know the search area better than you do. A Realtor is equipped to know the ins and outs of every neighborhood, so they can direct you toward a home in your price range that you may have overlooked.

  1. They have bullish negotiating tactics

Any time you buy or sell a home, you’re going to encounter negotiations—and as today’s housing market heats up, those negotiations are probable at each step of the transaction. A third party handling those negotiations for you can certainly make them go smoother.

You can expect lots of competition, all-cash offers, and bidding wars. A savvy and professional negotiator on your side can help to seal the best deal for you.

And it’s not just about how much money you end up spending or netting. A Realtor will help draw up an agreement that allows enough time for inspections, contingencies, and anything else that’s crucial to your particular needs.

  1. They’re connected to everyone

Realtors might not know everything, but they make it their mission to know just about everyone who can possibly help in the process of buying or selling a home. From mortgage brokers, real estate attorneys, home inspectors, and home stagers, to interior designers and the list goes on—they’re all in your Realtor’s network.

  1. They adhere to a strict code of ethics

Not every real estate agent is a Realtor, who is a licensed real estate salesperson who belongs to the National Association of Realtors®, the largest trade group in the country.

What difference does it make? Realtors are held to a higher ethical standard than licensed agents and must adhere to a Code of Ethics.

  1. They’re your sage parent/data analyst/therapist—all rolled into one

Realtors wear a lot of different hats. Yes, they’re salespeople, BUT they do a whole lot more to earn their commission. They’re constantly driving around, checking out listings, they spend their own money on marketing, and they’re constantly researching comps to make sure buyers/sellers are getting the best deal.

A dedicated Realtor is working for you at nearly all hours of the day and night—whether you need more info on a home or just someone to talk to in order to feel at ease with the offer you just pFinal LOGOut in.

This is the biggest financial (and possibly emotional) decision of your life, and guiding you through it isn’t a responsibility Realtors take lightly.  


Excerpts from Realtor.com article by Rachel Stults, a senior editor and writer at realtor.com.