Step-1 – Select a Realtor
The terms Agent, Broker and Realtor® are often used interchangeably – BUT have very different meanings. In Colorado a person must be licensed in order to sell Real Estate. Standards set by the State cover the minimal education, examinations, and experience needed to become licensed. After receiving a real estate license, the better Agents join their Local and National “Association of Realtors”, the world’s largest professional trade association.
The Real Estate agent can be called a Realtor® only after joining the Association and subscribing to a strict “Code of Ethics” (which goes well beyond state law). It is through the Realtor Association that the Agent agrees to collectively share the information on all houses listed for sale. This is done through the MLS or Multiple Listing Service.
Selection of your Realtor should involve other factors as well:
- Additional training over and above the bare minimums. Our agents have had specific additional training in contract preparation, contract and inspection negotiation, appraisal and valuation evaluation, construction materials and techniques, and ethics.
- Familiarity with Denver area neighborhoods. I have lived in the area for over 30 years, including Denver, several suburbs, and several mountain communities. I personally view and preview at least 30 homes per week. This permits me to have intimate knowledge of our market, which I can then pass on to you. Every member of our team is required to meet this same standard.
- Full-time Realtor. Your Realtor should be a full-time agent so that you have a professional working for you.