What makes a Realtor® different?

Holding a real estate agent's or real estate broker's license does not make someone a REALTOR®. Membership in the National Association of REALTORS® entitles licensees to use the term "REALTOR®" on their business cards and in their marketing materials.

Hiring a REALTOR® means you've retained someone who is committed to continuing education, professionalism, and integrity. The vast majority of REALTORS® participate in a local multiple listing service (MLS), which gives you a distinct advantage whether you're selling your home or looking for that special property. But the main thing that distinguishes a REALTOR® from someone who's merely licensed by the state to sell real estate is the REALTOR® Code of Ethics, which requires REALTORS® to put their clients' interests first at all times. The REALTOR® Code of Ethics was first adopted in 1913 as a voluntary document outlining the professional duties of membership. The code became mandatory in 1924. This was an era before licensing was required in many states.

What if there's a problem?
The REALTOR® Code of Ethics is enforced through professional standards committees that are maintained by local boards. The public, as well as members of the board, can bring complaints before the committee. Disciplinary action can consist of suspension or expulsion from membership. A real estate broker or agent who is not a REALTOR® is governed only by state licensing laws.

Why use a REALTOR® when you buy new construction?
Cost to You? Nothing! Any compensation given to a REALTOR® is recognized by the builder as a marketing fee and has no impact on the final cost of the home. Builders desire, expect and encourage REALTOR participation.
The National Association of REALTORS® strives to unite its members to further common goals and to exert a positive and combined influence upon matters affecting real estate and home ownership. The Association strives to elevate the standards of the real estate industry and the professional conduct of its members.

All real estate licensees are not REALTORS®.
REALTOR® members are professionals who subscribe and are bound by a strict Code of Ethics and professional standards.

Valerie Cloutier, Realtor®
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Londonderry, NH 03053
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