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How to Choose the Right REALTOR?

logo web r blueAll 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 their business card or 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.

 

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Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice

All REALTORS® must abide by NAR's Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. The Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice outline duties that REALTORS® have to clients and customers, the public, and other REALTORS®. While the Code of Ethics establishes obligations that may be higher than those mandated by law, in any instance where the Code of Ethics and the law conflict, the obligations of the law must take precedence. 

The Code of Ethics can be found here http://www.realtor.org/about-nar/governing-documents/the-code-of-ethics 

 

How to increase the value of your home without spending a lot of money

Sellers, would you clear up the clutter in your home if you could increase your asking price by 3% to 5%? A survey done by the Consumer Reports National Research Center shows that this and other changes will do just that.

According to Consumer Reports, basic cleaning and decluttering, simple kitchen and bathroom upgrades, painting the right spaces, and sprucing up your curb appeal are all low-cost investments that can land you hundreds of dollars in return.

Get tips on what fixes to make, the cost if you do them yourself or hire an expert, and how much of a return you get on those investments in "Top 5 ways to boost the value of your home" from Consumer Reports.

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