Spring is touted as the prime time for putting your home on the market to sell. The grass is green, trees are budding, flowers blooming and weather is just the right temperature for buyers to do their exploring. So, call a Realtor and get your property primed to sell or help you with your decision on best price to buy. That’s usually as far as people go when thinking about Realtors. They sell and help people buy properties.  The designation of “Realtor” is more than just a label.  All real estate professionals are not created equal. The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® estimates that over 2 million people hold real estate licenses in the United States, but only about 1 million of them have earned the REALTOR® distinction. Through membership in their national, state and local REALTOR® associations, REALTORS® gain numerous opportunities to enhance their educational and professional development. Locally this is achieved through the Tehama County Association of Realtors by providing classes and guest speakers which update Realtors regarding county and community affairs as they relate to real estate, the latest on interest rates, property inventory and prices, legal issues pertaining to transactions and personal safety in business. They also are required to adhere to a strict Code of Ethics. REALTOR® members complete an orientation program on the Code of Ethics and renew every two years, meeting the minimum criteria established by the National Association of Realtors.  

For most of us, a home is the single biggest purchase in our lives. The enormity of the financial transaction aside, finding the right home to fit our particular needs and wants is no easy undertaking. Just as you wouldn't buy a car, computer or camcorder without doing some research into various models and prices, you shouldn't consider purchasing a home without some expert advice and guidance. Though some people may think of using the services of a REALTOR® only when selling their homes, a REALTOR® is also invaluable when buying one as well.

For instance, a REALTOR® can help you determine how much home you can afford based on your financial situation, help you get prequalified for a loan, and even inform you about available financing.  A REALTOR® also is an expert on the neighborhood, and can provide detailed information about schools, transportation, local taxes and community characteristics. Using a REALTOR® is also one way of gaining access to homes listed on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), an important marketing tool used by REALTORS® to inform other REALTORS® about available properties. That means a REALTOR® can give you information about a wide range of available homes from which to choose. When it comes to finding out if you're paying too much, a REALTOR® can provide you with a market analyses comparing asking and selling prices of homes in the neighborhood. Finally, a REALTOR® can serve as the liaison between you and the seller, bringing to the table negotiating expertise and knowledge about required disclosures and the housing market.  In short, a Realtor champions the values of home ownership and strengthens communities by promoting and protecting home ownership. Simply put, Realtors touch countless lives. Who’s your Rrealtor?