Only real estate licensees who are members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® are properly called REALTORS®. REALTORS® are committed to treat all parties to a transaction honestly. REALTORS® subscribe to a strict Code of Ethics, which requires REALTORS® to utilize cooperative relationships and make ethical decisions in order to better serve their clients.
Real estate transactions involve the biggest financial investments most people experience in their lifetime. Transactions today usually exceed $250,000. If you had a $250000 income tax problem, would you attempt to deal with it without the help of a CPA? If you had a $250,000 legal question, would you deal with it without the help of an attorney? Considering the small upside cost and the large downside risk, it would be foolish to consider a deal in real estate without the professional assistance of a REALTOR®.