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What is a REALTOR? How are they different from someone who only has a Real Estate Sales License?
Advantages to working with a REALTOR-Saving time and money
Living by a Code of Ethics: What is the Code? How Consumers and Members can File a Complaint, Forms, etc.
Work With Someone Who’ll Work With You
When it comes to buying or selling a home, you want to feel like you’re part of the process.
You want a partner to work with you – someone to help guide you through the unknowns and the never-ending list of terms and conditions.
To become a real estate agent in New York, an individual must be licensed by New York State, either as an agent/salesperson or as a broker. Before licensing, minimum standards for education, examinations and experience must be met. After receiving a real estate license, most agents go on to join their local board or association of REALTORS® and the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, the world’s largest professional trade association.
Only real estate licensees who are members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® are called REALTORS®. As REALTORS® subscribing to a strict code of ethics, we are expected to maintain a high level of knowledge of the process of buying and selling real estate.
REALTORS have the expertise, resources and dedication to guide you through a real estate transaction.
We understand contracts, finances and the laws that apply to sales and purchases. We have the resources you’ll need to find just the right combination of location, amenities and price range.
We have the skills and experience to handle negotiations and marketing of your property, including the final inspection and closing.
REALTORS Pledge of Performance and Service
Working with a REALTOR ensures you that your transactions will be handled professionally. which is why it makes sense to talk to us before you buy or sell.
How a REALTOR® Can Save You Time and Money When Buying or Selling Property
REALTORS can help determine how much home you can afford, explain different financing options, and refer you to the best-qualified lender.
REALTORS have the resources to investigate all available properties and provide objective information about each property regarding the community and other important issues.
REALTORS can advise you on the following factors: price, financing, terms, date of possession, repairs and furnishings.
REALTORS can help provide enough time in the purchase agreement for inspections and investigations plus, advise you on which ones are required or recommended.
Every area has its own unique closing or settlement customs. A local REALTOR can help guide you through the process.
When selling property, REALTORS can give you current market information to sell your property quickly at the best price and with minimum hassle.
A REALTOR can recommend repairs to enhance the salability of your property and expose it to other agents, the public and cooperative marketing networks.
Southern Adirondack REALTORS® "Live by the Code"- (The National Association of REALTORS®, Inc. CODE OF ETHICS)
It is the CODE OF ETHICS that separates REALTORS® from other licensees and we take enforcement of the Code very seriously. The REALTOR Code of Ethics signifies the decision REALTORS make to commit themselves to honor and service. Since 1913, the Code has grown in meaningfulness, value, a commitment to integrity and professionalism.
Ethics complaints may be filed by REALTORS® or members of the public. Ethics complaints serve to educate members as well as provide a disciplinary process when violations have occurred. Any person having reason to believe that a member is guilty of any unethical conduct subject to disciplinary action may file a complaint in writing (see form below) with the Local Board/Association of REALTORS® that the member holds membership in. Here is some additional information that you may want to know before you file an ethics complaint.
Filing a complaint: If you are interested in filing a Code of Ethics or Arbitration Complaint as set forth in the Code of Ethics and Arbitration Manual of the National Association of REALTORS®., it is the policy of the Southern Adirondack REALTORS® (local asociation) to offer Ombudsman and/or Mediation services prior to offering a formal hearing. There is no fee for Ombudsman or Mediation services. These services are optional but have proven to be both effective and often can result in a more timely outcome. Regarding mediation, any agreement signed by the parties following a successful mediation process shall be binding.
RESOURCES for CONSUMERS & MEMBERS:
Before you file an Ethics Complaint (NAR website informational link)
NAR Code of Ethics & Professional Standards Site
2016 Code of Ethics Manual
Mediation Brochure "The Winning Solution for Buyers and Sellers" (Public consumer oriented)
Mediation Brochure " The Winning Solution for Brokers" (Real Estate Broker/REALTOR Sales Agent oriented)
Ethics Mediation (NAR Website informational link)
Filing A Complaint (Process and Intake Form) (#E-1)
Request & Agreement to Arbitrate (#A-1) for REALTOR Members
Request & Agreement to Arbitrate (#A-2) for Non-Members