All 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 the 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. Real estate transactions involve one of the biggest financial investments most people experience in their lifetime. Transactions today usually exceed $100,000.
If you had a $100,000 income tax problem, would you attempt to deal with it without the help of a CPA? If you had a $100,000 legal question, would you deal with it without the help of an attorney? Considering the small upside cost and the large downside risk, it would be foolish to consider a deal in real estate without the professional assistance of a Realtor®.