Representation

Anyone can price a property, but positioning your property in the market is one of the most important financial decisions you may make.  Sound, experienced advice should be a welcome harbor at this point in time.

The Right Representation:  Good agents strive to continuously improve themselves.  Ask about their credentials and education.  Only agents who are members of the National Association of Realtors can call themselves a REALTOR® and wear the pin that distinguishes them.  And ask perspective agents about other designations they may have.

Why Choose a REALTOR® with a GRI Designation?

Buying property is a complex and stressful task.  In fact, it's often the biggest single investment many will make in their lifetime.  At the same time, real estate transactions have become increasingly complicated.  New technology, laws, procedures and the increasing sophistication of buyers and sellers require real estate practitioners to perform at an ever-increasing level of professionalism.  So it's more important than ever that you work with a REALTOR® who has a keen understanding of the real estate business.  The GRI program has helped the best and the brightest in the industry achieve that level of understanding.  When you see the letters "GRI" after an agent's name, you can count on receiving the knowledge and guidance you need to make your transaction go smoothly.  In short, you can count on getting the best service available from a real estate professional.

GRIs:

  • Are nationally recognized as top performers in the real estate industry.
  • Are knowledgeable
  • Are dedicated to bringing you quality service
  • Have dedicated their time and money on professional real estate education to bring you a higher quality service.  Graduate REALTOR® Institute designees have made the commitment to provide a high level of professional services to their clients.  The GRI curriculum incorporates a common body of knowledge for progressive real estate professionals.  A REALTOR® who possesses the GRI designation has not only completed a course of study required by the program, but also subscribes to the Code of Ethics of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.
  • Have taken at least 90 hours of specialized real estate related courses.  Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) is the designation awarded by state associations to members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® who successfully complete a predetermined course of study
  • Are up to date on the latest real estate trends and issues.  Any person awarded the GRI designation must be a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and must maintain that membership to retain the designation.  The GRI Designation was established by the Education Committee of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and approved by the NAR Board of Directors on February 12, 1974.  It was amended and approved by the Education Committee in January, 1992.

Additional Questions:  Look for a full-time agent who has sold a number of properties similar to yours.  Ask for a list of properties they’ve sold and for a list of references.  Interview a few agents.  Find out if they are familiar with your neighborhood?  What do they recommend you do to prepare your home for sale?

Find an agent who is tech-savvy.  Today’s transactions move at Internet speed.  Ask how much time the agent will have for you, and if they have a licensed assistant.  Successful agents are often the most efficient, and can afford to pay a knowledgeable assistant who will always be available to answer your questions.

Ask the agent specifically how they will market your property.  Does the agent return your calls promptly?  Time is money when attempting to sell a home.  Complex issues will arise over the course of selling your property.  You should feel comfortable that your agent is willing to explain everything to you until you understand clearly.

Finally, a good agent will spend more time listening to you and asking you questions about what you want, rather than talking about themselves.  Pick an agent with whom you feel comfortable.

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