A home is the most expensive purchase most Americans make in their lifetime. It’s a serious transaction with significant financial and emotional ramifications for the parties involved, and having proper representation is critical. A REALTOR® brings:
When you work with a Realtor® and sign an agreement for them to represent you, their responsibility is to you. That means you have an expert who is looking out for your best financial interests, an expert who’s contractually bound to do everything in their power to protect you. That’s big — the value of that commitment cannot be overstated.
Buying or selling a home is not like purchasing a plane ticket. Every home is different, and laws change every year and vary from state to state. Generally speaking, people purchase a new home every 7-10 years, and a lot can — and usually does — change between transactions. Realtors® are immersed in real estate, and they must stay current with all the updates in regulations, laws, contracts and practices. Once you retain your REALTOR®, they put that knowledge to work for you.
Browsing online is a terrific way to start a home search — in fact, almost 90 percent of people start their home search online.But when it’s time to buy, knowing all the pros and cons of a property can help you make the right decision. Realtors® live and breathe real estate, and they can share information about a home that you wouldn’t otherwise know. For example, they can tell you about the perils of polybutylene piping (a plumbing material that’s prone to bursting), or the concerns with FRT plywood (a roofing material that can spontaneously combust in higher temperatures, like those in attics). Your REALTOR® can go beyond the aesthetics and tell you important details about homes you’re considering.
There are lots of sites where you can view price estimates for your home before you list it for sale, but you take a risk using them. In some markets, online estimates can be off by as much as 35 percent, and they often rely on tax records and data that can be as old as 6-12 months. REALTORS® know the local market, have access to the freshest sale data, and can price your house in line with the market to maximize your earnings.
Finding the right home is the fun part. Then the real work begins.: Today’s contracts can be 50 pages long — not counting addendums and riders. Realtors® can help you navigate these complex documents and craft an attractive offer that makes sense for you. Plus, when it comes to negotiation, your Realtor® is youradvocate and can bring an objective voice to a very subjective situation.
When you work with a REALTOR®, you’re partnering with a professional who operates according to a strict code of ethics. In place for over 100 years, the REALTOR® Code of Ethics ensures that consumers who work with a REALTOR® are treated professionally and ethically in all transaction-related matters. In addition, you have a non-court avenue to hold your REALTOR® accountable through their local board Code of Ethics enforcement process.
2017-05-05T20:26:39+00:00 November 29th, 2016|
New regulations going into effect December 1st will affect what you have to do to pass a pre-transfer inspection. When replacing a battery when the battery is either expired or non-working of a single or [...]
2017-05-05T20:26:43+00:00 November 23rd, 2016|
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today announced that the maximum conforming loan limits for mortgages acquired by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2017 will increase. In Barnstable County, ithe maximum 1-unit loan limit [...]
2017-05-05T20:26:43+00:00 November 15th, 2016|
The Cape Cod & Islands Association of REALTORS® (CCIAOR) is teaming up once again with the Housing Assistance Corporation of Cape Cod (HAC) to create a wonderful holiday giving and donation opportunity. Items collected from [...]
2017-05-05T20:26:43+00:00 August 16th, 2016|
According to preliminary data released last week by the Cape Cod & Islands Association of REALTORS® (CCIAOR), 433 homes sold in July, 348 single-family homes and 85 condominiums. Median sales price was $376,000 for single-family [...]
2017-05-05T20:26:43+00:00 August 9th, 2016|
Cape Cod real estate agents are reporting vacationers continue to be scammed through online websites. Here are some helpful tips from the Cape Cod & Islands Association of REALTORS® to ensure your vacation goes smoothly [...]