Choosing the Right Agent for You

Buying a home is one of the most rewarding experiences any of us will ever have. It can also be one of the most challenging. Professional expertise and services can be a big help throughout the buying process.

If you’re buying a home for the first time, the process may seem overwhelming. And even if you’ve been through it several times, every move is different, and presents new challenges. This is why we recommend finding an agent affiliated with Coldwell Banker who’s an expert in your area.

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One clear advantage is that you don’t have to go it alone. A good agent has the training, knowledge and experience to help you through each step of the process. This makes the process of finding, buying and moving into your new home as smooth, quick and enjoyable as possible.

Another advantage is that an agent is a valuable source of information about market trends, communities and neighborhoods, particularly regarding homes for sale in the area. Remember, not every home seller runs an ad in the local paper or puts a sign up in the yard. In fact, many homes actually sell before there is ever a need to advertise them.

In addition to market insight, your agent can provide access to complete, regularly updated information about every home listed by area agents through the Multiple Listing Service (MLS).

Finding the right agent

The key word here is “right.” While there’s certainly no shortage of qualified agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker to choose from, it’s important that you find one who can fully understand your wants, needs and individual tastes, and whose personal and professional judgment you respect.

Today’s buyers have more options when it comes to choosing the agent who can best represent them in a real estate transaction. Until recent years, virtually all real estate agents worked for the seller. Now, a growing number of buyers work are represented by a “buyer’s agent.” Most real estate companies throughout the U.S. have both a buyer and seller agency.

Before establishing a working relationship, the agent should present you with a disclosure statement. This explains what a buyer’s agent is and does, what a seller’s agent is and does, and what “dual agency” means. It is very important to remember that real estate firms are governed by state laws. These can vary, so disclosure laws may also vary.

We suggest talking to several different agents before choosing one. Below are some guidelines on what to look for.

Choose an agent who:

  1. Makes you feel comfortable.
  2. Knows the community and can point out schools, parks, playgrounds, shops and more.
  3. Can show you more of the homes available throughout the area.
  4. Subscribes to at least one Multiple Listing Service (MLS). This will give you access to information on approximately 90% of all homes for sale in the community.
  5. Has the products, services, and know-how to find the home right for you and market your present home for a faster, more profitable sale.
  6. Can offer you protection against unexpected repair bills in your new home.
  7. Can offer you warranty protection on your new home.
  8. Listens to your needs and responds as a friend, showing as much interest in your satisfaction as in making the transaction.

Once you’ve chosen an agent and started looking at homes, tell the agent everything you liked and didn’t like about each home. Point out the home’s shortcomings: Is it too small for your needs? Was the home perfect except for the carpeting? Details like this will help your agent narrow down the search.

Bear in mind, however, that real estate agents are frequently paid by the seller. The seller’s agent is obligated to help secure the best price for them. In addition, agents working for the seller may report any information you share with them to the seller, such as a willingness to pay a higher price. This is why you may want to be represented by a buyer’s agent, who will keep your input confidential. A buyer’s agent puts the interests of the buyer first, not the seller’s.

Coldwell Banker / Realogy “World’s Most Ethical Companies”

Realogy Named as a 2016 World’s Most Ethical Company by Ethisphere Institute for Fifth Year in a Row

Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), COLDWELL BANKER’S Parent company has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as a 2016 World’s Most Ethical Company®.

This is the fifth consecutive year in which Realogy has received this recognition. The World’s Most Ethical Company assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute’s Ethics Quotient (EQ) framework developed over years of research to provide a means to assess an organization’s performance in an objective, consistent and standardized way. The Ethics Quotient framework is outlined in the above chart.

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Realogy Holding Corp, COLDWELL BANKER’S Parent Company, is a global leader in real estate franchising and provider of real estate brokerage, relocation and settlement services. recognized by The World’s Most Ethical Companies designation recognizes those companies who align principle with action, work tirelessly to make trust part of their corporate DNA, and, in doing so, shape future industry standards by introducing tomorrow’s best practices today. Realogy is one of just 131 companies in the world honored this year and is the ONLY residential real estate company to  make achieve this honor.

As a COLDWELL BANKER real estate agent, we are required to take Ethics and Fair Housing refresher training courses every 2 years. Honesty and Integrity and critical values, constantly reinforced.

“We are once again honored to be recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as being among a select group of world-class companies focused on ethical leadership,” said Richard A. Smith, Realogy’s chairman, chief executive officer and president. “We take great pride in creating a company culture that places a premium on ethics and integrity. We believe that sustainable and trustworthy companies can only be built upon a strong ethical foundation.” “Our leadership position in our industry is based on the quality of our people and their commitment to our core values, which include acting with integrity, delivering on promises and making a positive difference in our communities,” said Elisabeth Gehringer, Realogy’s chief ethics and compliance officer. “Our employees understand that they play a key role in ensuring that our company culture is infused with ethical values.”

Coldwell Banker/ Realogy – 2012 World’s Most Ethical Companies Award

 

I am pleased to share the exciting news that our parent company, Realogy, has received the prestigious designation of being named among the 2012 World’s Most Ethical Companies, awarded by the Ethisphere® Institute, a leading international business ethics think-tank.

Realogy was chosen from 5,000 nominated companies headquartered in 100 different countries and across 36 industries. Companies were evaluated using a rigorous proprietary methodology, based on their ethics and compliance program, reputation, leadership and innovation, governance, corporate citizenship and responsibility, and ethical culture.

Realogy earned its placement on this prestigious list by implementing and maintaining upright business practices and initiatives that are instrumental to the company’s success, benefit the community, and raise the bar for ethical standards within our industry.