Benefits of a REALTOR®
Whether you’re buying a home for the first time, or selling your old home to move to something new, you can trust that your REALTOR® will ensure the transaction is completed competently and professionally. You don’t have to worry about the details – your REALTOR® can take care of them for you. You can get advice from someone with an intimate knowledge of the local housing market. You can count on the help of a professional who has committed to serve with integrity and competence.
Only a real estate professional who is also a REALTOR® can list properties on his or her Board’s local MLS® System. When your home is listed on the MLS® system, all Ottawa REALTORS® can view it, creating a much wider pool of potential buyers than a sign on your lawn would offer. If you’re looking for a new home, working with a REALTOR® gains you access to all the properties listed on the MLS® System. He or she can set up a custom search that e-mails you details of properties that meet your criteria. It’s a service that only a REALTOR® can offer you.
The REALTOR® Difference
Not every licensed or registered broker or salesperson is a REALTOR®. To be a REALTOR® in Ottawa, the agent must be a Member of the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA), and the Ottawa Real Estate Board (OREB). A REALTOR® is expected to be:
Committed to the REALTOR®Code: The code is the accepted standard of conduct for all real estate practitioners who are REALTORS® It’s your guarantee of professional conduct and the quality service. Read more about the REALTOR® Code.
Knowledgeable about developments in real estate: A REALTOR® can get you the information needed to make an informed decision: comparable prices, neighborhood trends, housing market conditions, and more.
Actively updating education: Through courses, workshops and other professional development, a REALTOR® maintains a high level of current knowledge about real estate.
Access: REALTORS® have access to the MLS® System, which facilitates the cooperative sale of properties to benefit consumers.