The short answer? Yes, absolutely. As a Realtor I’m obviously biased but hear me out. If you still don’t agree after I’ve said my peace, then chances are you’ve had horrible experiences in the past and for that I am sorry. Bad experiences with any type of professional are enough to put a sour taste in any one’s mouth that lingers for years. Dentists are usually the first I experienced. As a child I had a very experienced dentist who was pretty old school. That and they had clown pictures all over the walls. Terrifying to say the least. After a few visits I refused to go any more. To this day I really hate to go but it’s in my best interest, so I still do. I know the value of a dentist and how a visit to fix a short-term problem can help in the long term. The same concept applies to professionals across the board. I may think I don’t need any of them but there’s a reason why their there in the first place. There’s a reason why they have decided to dedicate their lives to their profession. They’re able to provide value.
Realtor’s are no exception to the rule of value. The first thing to realize is that a Realtor doesn’t have income if he doesn’t have clients to help find or sell homes for. A Realtor knows this and does everything they can to ensure your expectations are exceeded. They don’t have other things to distract them from doing anything but making sure your real estate experiences are amazing. This alone is the biggest distinction from a realtor and a licensed agent you may find at discount brokers. You can call your Realtor at 9pm to talk about a house you want to see tomorrow. We work on your schedule, you don’t work around ours.
Value doesn’t stop with being available. Remember, a Realtor puts all their time into their craft. This means knowing their neighborhoods or “territory” inside and out. You want to know the chances of running into an appraisal gap requirement? Perfect, your Realtor has done their homework and knows the value of the closest 40 homes are estimated to be higher than the house you’re looking at. This lessens the chance the house won’t appraise for the price it sells, forcing you to pay for the difference between appraisal price and sale price, giving you a better chance of getting under contract. Knowing numbers like these give you a great edge and save time and frustration making your overall experience better. You won’t find that at discount brokerages or with licensed agents who work on salary.
How well your experience goes determines if we’ve earned your referral and to us there is nothing sweeter than a referral. That means we did our jobs and that’s something to be proud of. When it comes to listing your home, Realtors are unmatched in marketing. This allows for a faster sale at a higher price which again will create an amazing and smooth experience for all. If you’re afraid of paying what seems like steep commissions ask yourself this: If you’re listing for $300,000 as a For Sale By Owner but you are having trouble getting your house sold so you contact me and due to my marketing, resources, and negotiating skills I sell the house for $325,000? At that sale price I have already paid my commission and made you more than you would have gotten previously. This is how I show my value.
Last but not least I want to touch on accountability. This is by far the hardest thing for a Realtor to accomplish and the easiest to lose. Everything we do stays with us within the industry. If a Realtor tries to pull something less than ethical everyone knows about it. Not only do we have ours peers but are members of multiple organizations that all hold us accountable for our actions. Imagine having a bad reputation and working with a buyer. No listing agents will want to work with you and your buyer will have a harder time getting a home. Being held accountable for every action we take means taking the time to do everything correctly. This is why a Realtor is so indispensable. If you’re thinking of doing anything real estate related make it easier on yourself and use a Realtor.