What is a REALTOR®?
After receiving a real estate license from their state, real estate agents
can join the National Association of REALTORS®
(NAR), the world's largest real estate trade organization. Members must abide by a strict Code of Ethics
, which in many cases goes above and beyond state law. Only those agents who belong to NAR can be called a REALTOR®
Where do you find the right real estate agent?
Real estate agents have different levels of experience. Some are better at helping sellers, while others focus on assisting buyers. Plus, agents offer different expertise in types of homes (single-family, condominiums, etc.), price ranges, and neighborhoods. You'll want to select the real estate agent whose experience best matches your individual needs.
If your relocation is covered under your employer's benefit package, be sure to first check with your relocation consultant at Graebel. Your consultant will provide details and requirements to ensure you select the proper agent and complete the required paperwork.
Interview potential agents.
Unless you have a successful track record with an agent, you should interview more than one real estate agent to identify the right person for your situation. To assess an agent's qualifications, the NAR recommends the following:
- Are you a REALTOR®?
- Is your real estate license in good standing? (You can also check with your state's real estate governing agency.)
- Do you work as a real estate agent full time?
- Do you belong to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) or a reliable online homebuyer's search service?
- What professional designations do you hold?
- What will you do to help me find a home that fits my criteria? Or how will you help me sell my existing home?