Trust is a hard thing to do in these times. If you are selling or buying a home, the highest asset you may ever own, you should trust a professional who knows the local market and the best way for you to achieve your goal.

Real estate professionals have specialized knowledge about real estate marketing, selling, negotiating and lending practices.  They are required to attend continuing education classes in order to renew their Real Estate license every two years. They know the law of the State that holds their license as well as fair housing laws enforced by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development

In addition, real estate professionals who are REALTORS® must abide by the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the National Association of REALTORS®.

For sellers, real estate professionals know how to correctly price a property. They can perform a market analysis on value on your property, advise you on the current local market situation, best pricing for your property and best placement for advertising. They show your home, market your home, help you negotiate the sale and  guide you through the process to closing.

For buyers, a real estate professional can help you in many ways.  Local agents also rely on local knowledge. Often they know when a home is just about to come on the market and is not yet listed for sale or a home that was on the market and still might be for sale but is not advertised.  While you are working at your job, they are working for you. They can show you properties, help you negotiate purchase prices, assist you to find a lender or a home inspector, and they can guide you through to the closing process. 

REALTORS® have access to the multiple listing service (MLS). This is the information on properties actually for sale, what has sold and what properties are pending closing. They can also send you a link to the MLS that you can use to search for homes and properties. Some internet sites can do this as well but beware that their information is not always correct. 

Using a local real estate professional with local knowledge makes sense when buying or selling a property. They know the area and the market and are right there in the middle of the activity.

Most of the agents at  Azalea Real Estate Agency are experienced local agents and REALTORS®, who live and work in the Grand Bay area. They can answer your questions and help guide you through your home sale or purchase. Visit www.alhomesandland.com or contact Aleta Boudreaux, REALTOR© at 251-865-4266 for more information.