Use a REALTOR®.
All real estate licensees are not the same.
Only real estate licensees who are members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® are properly called REALTORS®. They proudly display the REALTOR® logo on business cards, print ads, websites and other marketing and sales literature. REALTORS® are committed to treat all parties to a transaction honestly. REALTORS® subscribe to a strict Code of Ethics and are expected to maintain a higher level of knowledge of the process of buying and selling real estate. An independent survey reports that 84% of home buyers would use the same REALTOR® again.
Reasons why you should seek the help of a local REALTOR® when buying and selling real estate in this area include:
REALTORS® make use of the MRIS Multiple Listing System, an online database of the collective listings of over 50,000 REALTORS® and brokers in the DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Southern Pennsylvania and Northeastern West Virginia areas. MRIS is the largest MLS in the United States and is owned by the 25 Shareholder REALTOR® Associations (View a map ) in its geographic area, of which ours, the Potomac Highlands Board of REALTORS® is just one. No additional cost to buyers or sellers. Be sure you use a REALTOR®, to enjoy this benefit.
REALTORS® pledge to cooperate with one another, sharing data and exposing property listings to hundreds of other local REALTORS® in our area. When brokers and agents cooperate, consumers benefit. When buyers work with a REALTOR®, they have access to 100% of the local REALTOR® listings, not just the listings of one broker. When sellers work with a REALTOR®, their listings are exposed and promoted within every REALTOR® office in this area, and beyond. No additional cost to buyers or sellers. Be sure you use a REALTOR®, to enjoy this benefit.
REALTORS® typically share their property listing data to be displayed and promoted on public websites, giving the Sellers’ properties far more marketing exposure and giving the Buyers their own access to search for available properties. MRIS offers the buying and selling public easy access to much of this data through their www.homesdatabase.com locally-based public website, offering easy, or complex, searches of all kinds of property and access to local REALTORS® who can help them. Our parent organization, the National Association of REALTORS® provides REALTORS® with an additional nationally-based website (www.realtor.com) with additional property search features, making it even easier to bring buyers and sellers together through the effective marketing efforts of REALTORS®. No additional cost to buyers or sellers. Be sure you use a REALTOR®, to enjoy these benefits.
REALTORS® subscribe to a strict Code of Ethics, which goes far beyond the West Virginia state regulations that non-REALTOR® licensees are only bound to follow. The Code establishes a standard of conduct, which exceeds basic legal requirements. This standard ensures that that the rights and interests of consumers of real estate services are protected. No additional cost to buyers or sellers. Be sure you use a REALTOR®, to enjoy this benefit.
It costs no more to use a REALTOR®, than to use a non-REALTOR® sales agent, without any of the above benefits. When you need a professional for buying or selling real estate in West Virginia, call a REALTOR®. We’re ready to help!
See a list of REALTORS® and brokers elsewhere on this site.