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.