Value of a REALTOR®?
Teaming up with a REALTOR®
provides you with invaluable access to professional real estate expertise and
knowledge. You benefit because:
- Your REALTOR® can help determine
your buying power and refer you to lenders best qualified to maximize your
loan and minimize your cost.
- Your REALTOR® has full access to
all the features of REALTOR.ca, Canada's most powerful real
estate marketing network.
- Your REALTOR® provides local
community information on utilities, zoning, schools, etc. REALTORS® assist
you in making the best choice selecting an environment where you and your
family can grow.
- Your REALTOR® has a finger on the
pulse of the housing market and is knowledgeable about developments and
trends in real estate; and,
- Your REALTOR® has the facts on
comparable pricing, neighborhood trends and housing market conditions,
data you can use to set your best course of action and maximize your homes
resale value when you are ready to sell.
- Your REALTOR® can negotiate the
best deal. There are myriad negotiating factors, including price,
financing, terms, date of possession and often the inclusion or exclusion
of repairs, furnishings or equipment. By negotiation alone, your REALTOR®
often saves you more than the cost of their service.
- Your REALTOR® assists you in
providing due diligence to evaluate the property. This may include
inspections for mold, dry rot, asbestos, faulty structure, roof condition,
septic tank and well tests, just to name a few. Your REALTOR® can assist
you in determining what conditions to recommend and assist in finding
qualified professionals to investigate and provide report to you.
- Your REALTOR® can guide you
through the sales process making sure everything flows smoothly from
initial offer to closing.
REALTOR® markets your property to other real estate associates and the
public. Often REALTORS® will provide guidance on staging or repairs that
enhance the salability of your property. Your REALTOR® will harness the
power of the MLS® to expose your property to a large network of qualified
buyers as well as coordinate marketing through the most effective array of
other advertising media.
You are protected when you work with a REALTOR® for a number of
- All REALTORS® are graduates of a
real estate education program and are committed to pursuing ongoing
professional development courses;
- REALTORS® must adhere to a strictCode of Ethics and Standards of Business Practice (113KB PDF);
your guarantee of professional conduct and service excellence.
- All REALTORS® carry errors and
- The Real Estate Assurance Fund is
available to you in the rare event of fraud, or breach of trust by a
REALTOR®. It is your protection against financial loss. This fund is
financially supported by our members; and,
licensed brokerage supervises the business conduct of all REALTORS® to
ensure their compliance with Alberta law.
Why the registered “®” after the word REALTOR®?
Only REALTORS®, who are members of the Canadian Real Estate
Association and a local real estate board, can call themselves REALTORS®. Lethbridge
and District Association of REALTORS® members adhere to a strict Code of Ethics
and Standards of Business Practice, that non-board members and independent
listing companies do not. REALTORS® take mandatory education every two years to
ensure that they are knowledgeable in every aspect of the ever changing real
To ensure professionalism in the real estate industry
and in turn showing the value of the professional REALTOR® and organized real
estate to the public.