Why Use a REALTOR®?
Professionals You Can Trust
Buying or selling a home is no simple business transaction; it takes a team of experts and professionals you can trust to protect your interests. The first professional you should contact is a local REALTOR®. A REALTOR® who knows the real estate market in your area will help you achieve your goal of having your purchase or sale go as smoothly as possible.
MLS® System and Professional Networks
Our members have access to the RAHB Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System, which facilitates the cooperative sale of properties to benefit you whether you are listing your home for sale or purchasing a new one. RAHB members also have a large network of professionals they can recommend to you when you need another expert on your team.
A Strict Code of Ethics
Not every real estate salesperson is a REALTOR®! A REALTOR® is a special kind of salesperson: a REALTOR® is a licensed real estate professional and is a member of a local real estate association (like RAHB) that holds its members to a high standard. A REALTOR® has not only successfully completed an intensive course of study, but also adheres to the REALTOR® Code, so you know you are dealing with an ethical professional.
Real Estate Knowledge and Training
By attending courses, seminars and professional development offerings at RAHB, local REALTORS® have up-to-date knowledge about real estate law, regulations and trends. REALTORS® develop skills and acquire knowledge and experience to better serve you.
Quality of Life Principles
Our REALTORS® are committed to the principles of Quality of Life:
1. Protecting economic vitality
One key to Quality of Life is a strong economy. A vibrant economy creates jobs, expands the tax base and revitalizes communities.
2. Protecting property owners
A strong economy depends on preserving the investment people have made in their homes by protecting the ability to freely own, use, buy and sell real property.
3. Providing housing opportunities
We all want a safe, decent and affordable range of housing near where we work, shop and play. We must advocate to help grow the supply of housing including choices about design, cost and location.
4. Preserving our environment
RAHB REALTORS® recognize one of the most important elements of Quality of Life is the environment: clean air and water, parks and open space.
5. Building better communities
Better communities come when governments work together to fund infrastructures such as roads, water, schools and transit that are the framework for a community’s Quality of Life.
Using a local REALTOR® can help you avoid the problems and complications that can arise when you buy or sell your home. Don’t wait until it’s too late to discover you should have used a REALTOR® for one of the largest transactions of your life. To find out how you can live with no regrets, contact a local REALTOR® or go to REALTOR.ca/noregrets.