People often use the terms Realtor® and real estate agent as interchangeable descriptions for professionals who help with buying and selling real estate. However, they are actually very different. A Realtor is an agent who is a member of the National Association of Realtors, which makes them stand out in a few ways.
What Does a Realtor Do?
1. Prioritize Clients’ Best Interests
Members of the association must subscribe to the Realtor Code of Ethics. This code consists of 17 articles, which are more restrictive than the state guidelines for agents. For example, members pledge to put the interest of their buyers and sellers ahead of their own and treat all parties honestly. They will cooperate with other brokers and agents when it’s in their client’s best interest, and will not co-mingle their client’s funds with their own. They will not collect commissions without the seller’s knowledge or accept fees from a third party without their consent.
2. Fair & Honest Business Practices
The Code of Ethics also provides guidelines for fair and honest business practices. For example, they will refrain from concealing facts or otherwise misrepresenting a property. If they ever have a present or contemplated interest in a transaction, they will either disclose it or avoid providing service. They will not discriminate in any fashion for any reason on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.
3. Access to Data
Members of the association have unparalleled access to real estate market data and transaction management services. This helps them provide a more valuable service for their clients.
Whether you are buying or selling a home, you want the assistance of a reputable realtor. Leaurel and Amber Lube, Keller Williams Realty Concord/Kannapolis are the trusted agents for the Kannapolis, NC, area. This team will guide you through the entire sale process. Schedule your consultation online or by calling Leaurel at (704) 467-0685 and Amber at (704) 577-5966.