Why Work with a REALTOR®
What is a Realtor® and why use one?
Only real estate professionals who are members of the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) can call themselves Realtors®. All Realtors® adhere to NAR's strict Code of Ethics, which is based on professionalism and protection of the public. That's why all real estate licensees are NOT the same.
Members of the Vail Board of Realtors® proudly call themselves Realtors®. They are local experts in the real estate market and provide valuable knowledge and expertise to Buyers and Sellers. Realtors® offer the necessary resources and skills to understand our market to help you through the real estate process.
Dedicated to serving America's property owners at both local and national levels, the National Association of Realtors®, The Voice for Real Estate®, is the largest professional association at over one million members strong. So, whether you're buying or selling a home—it pays to work with a Realtor®. Look for the Realtor® logo when choosing your real estate agent.
7 Reasons to Work with a Realtor®
Realtors® aren’t just agents. They’re professional members of the National Association of Realtors® and subscribe to its strict Code of Ethics. This is the Realtor® difference:
Selling a home usually requires dozens of forms, reports, disclosures, and other technical documents. A knowledgeable expert will help you prepare the best deal and avoid delays or costly mistakes. Also, there’s a lot of jargon involved, so you want to work with a professional who can speak the language.
Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice
The Code of Ethics of the National Association of Realtors® is the promise to the public that when dealing with a real estate agent that is a Realtor®, they can expect honest and ethical treatment in all transaction related matters. Only Realtors® pledge to abide by the Association's Code of Ethics and only Realtors® are held accountable for their ethical behavior.
Boards and Associations of Realtors® are responsible for enforcing the Realtors® Code of Ethics. The Code of Ethics imposes duties listed below and in addition to those imposed by law or regulation which apply only to real estate professionals who choose to become Realtors®.
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Some of the basic principles of the Code of Ethics include:
- Protect and promote your client's interests and be honest with all parties.
- Avoid exaggeration, misrepresentation, and concealment of pertinent facts. Do not reveal facts that are confidential under the scope of your agency relationship.
- Disclose present or contemplated interest in any property to all parties.
- Avoid side deals without your client's informed consent.
- Accept compensation from only one party, except with full disclosure and informed consent.
- Keep the funds of clients and customers in escrow.
- Assure, whenever possible, that transactional details are in writing.
- Provide equal service to all clients and customers.
- Be knowledgeable and competent in the fields of practice in which you ordinarily engage and obtain assistance, or disclose lack of experience if necessary.
- Do not engage in the unauthorized practice of law.