Have you ever wondered what those abbreviations behind a Realtor's name mean? If you have, you are certainly not alone. Realtors must further their real estate knowledge by obtaining Continuing Education credit hours of study each year to remain a Realtor in good standing. Are all real estate agents Realtors? No, they are not. A realtor is a professional who has completed a National Association of Realtors mandated course of study. Upon each licensing renewal a Realtor must complete a course in ethics, and obtain hours of study in NAR approved courses. Furthermore, each Realtor is governed by not only the National Association of Realtors, but their respective state and local associations.
What does this mean to you, the Hershey area Buyer or Seller? As you are considering entering our Hershey area real estate market Laurel's designations may go a long way in helping you achieve the outcome you are hoping for. Are you looking for a competent professional who is familiar with the Hershey area real estate market, someone who cares enough to broaden her knowledge base and strives to remain on top of any changes in her market? Do you want a sales agent who obtains and retains their Realtor designation and additional designations thus exhibiting the desire to be the best in their profession? As a Buyer you need representation to successfully sail the turbulent home purchase seas. As a Seller in the Hershey/Harrisburg real estate market you clearly need to be represented in the pricing, staging, and negotiating of offers in the sale of your home.
Did you know that the median home price for sellers who use an agent is 16.0 percent higher than a home sold directly by an owner (for sale by owner, FSBO for short)? That is a very compelling statistic! Not impressed yet? Okay, try this one: that 16% difference in hard numbers translates into, using our national average price of $230,000, a Realtor driven sales price of $230,000 vs $198,200 for a FSBO! Owners who attempt to sell their homes themselves sacrifice the expertise and knowledge of a Realtor guiding them in the process of selling their most valuable asset. Realtors assist in the valuation of the home, preparation for selling, repair suggestions and staging, navigation of the paperwork and legalities, and finally negotiating with Buyers. Don't forget, most buyers are not traveling the home purchase waters alone. You can count on most prospective Buyers to be represented in their negotiations by a Realtor! Where do you think the advantage lies, with the unrepresented Seller or the Realtor represented Buyer?
Laurel has earned through additional hours of study several designations pertinent to her business. They are the Accredited Buyer's Representative, ABR, the Certified Luxury Homes Marketing Specialist, CLHMS, and the Certified New Home Sales Professional, CSP. Looking to buy a newly constructed home? Wouldn't you like to be in the hands of a Realtor who has earned the Certified New Home Sales Professional designation from the National Association of Home Builders? Not necessarily just a new home Buyer, but looking at all facets of the Hershey/Harrisburg area real estate market? Well then, do you want to go it alone finding suitable properties, lenders, and negotiating with represented sellers without a Realtor in your camp? No? Then you will find it comforting to know that Laurel has earned the coveted Accredited Buyer's Representative designation from REBAC, the Real Estate BUYER'S AGENT Council of the National Association of Realtors.. Not a Buyer? If you are selling in the prestigious Hershey area real estate market, then you absolutely want a Realtor who understands the special attention a luxury home owner requires. Laurel's commitment to the highest level of service is reflected in her having earned the exclusive Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist accreditation from the Institute of Luxury Home Marketing.