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Ten good reasons to use a RealtorÔ

Buying a home? Or, trying to sell the home you currently live in? Chances are, you will need a Realtor.

A Realtor brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the business of buying or selling a home. In fact, a licensed real estate professional provides much more than the service of helping you find the home of your dreams. Realtors are not just sales agents. They are expert negotiators, seasoned financial advisors, and superb navigators around the local neighborhood. All Realtors are members of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and must abide by a Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice enforced by the NAR. A professional Realtor is your best resource when approaching the buying or selling of a home.

Here are Ten Good Reasons to use a Realtor the next time you are making a real estate transaction.


  1. Selling at the right price
    A Realtor knows the value of real estate in your area and can intelligently determine the fair market price of your home.
  2. Work only with qualified buyers
    A Realtor has access to pre-screened prospects who are really serious about buying a home.
  3. Better marketing means a quicker sale
    A Realtor invests in the sale of your home by advertising the property to gain maximum results and by promoting the property through a multiple listing service (MLS).
  4. Show you home in the best possible light
    A Realtor is an expert at developing ways to make your home more sellable. Often a few minor improvements can increase the speed of the sale as well as the selling price.
  5. Helpful financing tips
    A Realtor can assist the buyer in obtaining a mortgage and can help guide the buyer through the details of escrow, closing, property taxes and the down payment.


  1. Buying the right home
    A Realtor is knowledgeable of the variety of available homes in the price-range and in the neighborhood you wish to move in. You save time by only looking at homes that fit your particular needs.
  2. At the right price
    A Realtor is experienced at presenting your offer to the homeowner and can help you through the process of negotiating the best deal.
  3. In the perfect neighborhood for you
    A Realtor is your best source when you want to learn about your community. They are familiar with your community: zoning codes, schools, churches, shopping, transportation and all the other necessities to make moving to your new home easier.
  4. Keeping a cool head in the negotiations
    A Realtor brings an objective ‘third eye’ to the buying transaction and without an emotional investment in the transaction will be able to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of a particular property.
  5. Financing 101- some expert advice
    A Realtor knows the best lenders in the area, can help you get pre-qualified for a mortgage and can discuss details like down payments, closing costs and monthly payment options.

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Maria Baran is a licensed Broker with RE/MAX Elite,
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Phone: (630) 810-1900     Fax: (630) 810-1967
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