The financial bottom line is important in real estate. Sellers want to get the most when selling their homes and buyers want to find the perfect house at the best possible price. That's why some choose to jump into the real estate game without an Idaho Realtor. Saving the cost of the agent's fee is small potatoes (no pun intended), however, compared to what a good Realtor can do for you. Whether you're a buyer or a seller, a professional, experienced agent will put in the time it takes, applying unique knowledge and expertise to provide many invaluable services.
Difference Between an Idaho Realtor and a Real Estate Agent
According to the Idaho Real Estate Commission, you must be licensed to sell real estate for someone other than yourself in the state of Idaho. This includes land and any improvements attached to the land. Getting a real estate license entails taking pre-licensing classes and passing state and national exams and clearing an FBI Background Check. Additionally, agents and brokers have to take 16 hours of continuing education classes and 2 Core Courses every two years to maintain their licenses. Initial licensing and continuing education ensures agents are up-to-date on Idaho Real Estate laws and best practices. That foundation gives them the necessary education to get started but it takes several years of hard work and many transactions to learn the tribal knowledge to become proficient, effective at negotiation and accurate with value estimates.
You've probably heard real estate professionals called "agents" and "Realtors," but technically those aren't interchangeable designations. An Idaho Realtor has not only met the state licensing requirements but has gone a few steps above. They are also members of the National Association of Realtors, an organization that sets its standards and ethics above state and even national expectations. Realtors not only continue their education as required by the state but they also routinely attend ethics courses. When you opt for an Idaho Realtor instead of a real estate agent, you know you're getting a professional who you can expect to be honest and provide a higher-than-normal level of service.
What a Realtor Can Do For You
Because Idaho Realtors and real estate agents typically work for the same fee structure you get more for your money with a Realtor. If you're wondering what that entails and what a Realtor can do for you, financial website theBalance.com has a whole list to answer that question.
Realtors run interference for their clients, sifting through listings and inquiries, so buyers don't end up looking at homes that don't fit their budget or needs, and sellers don't have to deal with curious people walking through their homes who have no intention of making an offer. Realtors have the experience to offer valuable advice on listing prices, and they know the neighborhoods well, both issues that concern buyers and sellers. Realtors have the contacts and the online marketing networks to effectively market your home. So find one that works the area where you are looking to live as finding a Realtor that is very familiar with the area is very important for educating you properly, especially if you are from out of town. A good local Idaho Realtor will be there before, during, and even after closing to help handle the reams of paperwork involved in a real estate transaction and answer any questions you have.
Buyer beware! If you're wondering what a Realtor can do for you and why you need your own agent, Realtor.com explains that your Realtor will look out for your best interests. Financially speaking, that means your Idaho Realtor will look at the house you're interested in with a critical eye, and point out anything of concern. He'll also negotiate a fair price that fits your budget, and can even help find financing if necessary--and that's all in addition to the other basic services he provides.
Once you know what a Realtor can do for you and need a good, caring Meridian Idaho Realtor, give Jeff Stewart at Stewart Realty a call. He promises that he will set a new level of expectation for you not only in professional skills but in honesty and integrity. Jeff will be happy to give you a personal tour of the area and show you some great homes that fit your style and budget.
Jeff Stewart, Broker/Owner Stewart Realty, LLC 208-602-1993 or firstname.lastname@example.org