Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

At Home: Realtors Can Ease Process of Buying, Selling a Home

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

At Home: Realtors Can Ease Process of Buying, Selling a Home

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Purchasing or selling a house can be an anxiety-inducing experience. But with the help of an experienced professional, prospective buyers and sellers can avoid much of the stress of doing it themselves.

Finding a Realtor who is trustworthy and will protect their interests are high on most clients' priority lists. Interviewing a few Realtors and understanding what a Realtor does will help aid in the search.

Here are guidelines to help with the process:

- Understand the difference between a real estate agent and a Realtor.

According to Carrie Calhoon, president of the Sunflower Association of Realtors, a real estate agent is anyone who obtains a real estate license from the Kansas Real Estate Commission. A Realtor is a real estate agent who is also a member of the National Association of Realtors.

Realtors adhere to a code of ethics that includes the responsibility to protect and promote the interest of their clients, the duty to avoid misrepresenting or concealing information from clients, and an agreement to work together with other real estate brokers in the best interest of clients.

"The functions of a real estate agent and a Realtor are the same, but a Realtor is held to a higher standard of expectations," Calhoon said. "As a consumer who chooses to use a Realtor, you have the ability to file a complaint if you feel your agent hasn't upheld their responsibilities according to the code of ethics."

- Know what a Realtor can do for you.

"Realtors provide expertise through the entire process," Calhoon said.

A knowledgeable Realtor will know which documents need to be completed in a transaction and will work with title companies, lenders, inspectors and other parties to facilitate the home buying or selling process.

They also will provide a market analysis of recent sales in the area, using data from the multiple listing system to determine the best price at which to sell an existing home or to offer when purchasing a new home. …

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