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When buy­ing a home, would you know what to do if: Your fi­nanc­ing fell through on the day of clos­ing; your home in­spec­tor found a ter­mite in­fes­ta­tion; or the neigh­bors had, some time ear­lier, built a wall on what is about to be­come your prop­erty?

A 2007 sur­vey by the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Real­tors® re­ported that 98 per­cent of home buy­ers ranked hon­esty and in­tegrity as a “very im­por­tant” fac­tor when choos­ing a real es­tate pro­fes­sional. Also, ac­cord­ing to that sur- vey, 82 per­cent of sell­ers used an agent who pro­vided a broad range of ser­vices and man­aged most as­pects of the sales trans­ac­tion.

A Re­al­tor® is a real es­tate agent who be­longs to the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Real­tors®, who must com­ply with its es­tab­lished Code of Ethics, and who is com­mit­ted to fur­ther­ing his or her knowl­edge of the in­dus­try.

To make sure you are work­ing with a Re­al­tor®, look for the fed­er­ally reg­is­tered mem­ber­ship mark — Re­al­tor® — or call your lo­cal Real­tors® as­so­ci­a­tion.

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