Why would you not use a REALTOR®? For most, buying a home is the most expensive purchase they will make. For others, it is adding to their financial portfolio by investing in real estate. Working with a REALTOR® can save you time, money and problems. The term REALTOR® is registered trademark of the National Association of REALTORS®. Only members may use the term REALTOR® and have agreed to abide by its strict Code of Ethics.
There can be a lot of anxiety in finding the right person to help you buy or sell a home. After all, you will be spending a lot of time with them throughout the process and agents are helping you through arguably one of the biggest decisions of your life. With today’s consumer starting to research real estate 6 to 12 months in advance of purchasing, when do you need to bring a real estate professional into your journey?
Home buyers and sellers have a wealth of information available to them through the internet; however, a REALTOR® has the local data statistics, knows the local market, and the various lifestyle choices in the Lowcounty. If you are buying or selling a home, you can be sure that a REALTOR® will give you honest, knowledgeable, competent service in a confidential manner.
Buyers and sellers should talk to friends and family to get their agent suggestions. Hearing another person’s experience will help you in your decision-making process. If you have used an agent before and had a good experience, call them and ask to make an appointment to speak with them. It is recommended to interview a Realtor before you hire them to represent you. We offer a few key questions you may consider during the interview process.
What types of specific marketing products and methods will you use to sell my home?
It is important for you to know how your home will be marketed and you agree and trust the approach. This includes how responsive the real estate professional will be to inquiries on the property.
How will you keep me informed about the progress of my transaction? How frequently?
Communication is key to any relationship. Real estate professionals adjust to what their clients prefer, but you must tell them your preferred method and how frequently you expect to hear from them.
Will you represent me exclusively, or will you represent both the buyer and the seller in the transaction?
A real estate professional will explain his or her agency relationship with you right in the beginning. The real estate professional is required to provide you a brochure printed by the SC Real Estate Commission with a written explanation. Listen and read carefully to understand your options.
The most important question!
Ask if they are a Realtor® and a member of the Hilton Head Area Association of REALTORS®. Seek out a professional who is invested in their profession and abides by the strict Code of Ethics of the National Association of REALTORS®.