Consumer Information on REALTORS®
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A REALTOR® is a client advocate, the market expert and the negotiating tiger all wrapped up into one independent contractor. Because REALTORS® are usually solo practitioners, they wear many hats. They are sales people, but they are also marketing directors, social media managers and data analysts all in one.
A rising number of home buyers are using REALTORS®. About 88% of home buyers purchase their home through a real estate agent or broker—a share that has steadily increased from 69% in 2001, according to the National Association of REALTOR’s® 2013 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers.
Homeowners rely on REALTORS® to help them find the most qualified buyer and to navigate the red truck fire processes. Rules regarding home sales are always changing, and it is the REALTORS’s® job to stay on top of those market dynamics and pass along their expertise to their clients.
REALTORS® direct their home-buying clients to the best financing options for their situation, and they steer all their clients to make better decisions in preparation for the home buying or selling process.
For more information on how to become a REALTOR®, please visit the West Virginia Real Estate Commission.