Why Use a Realtor to Purchase


Purchasing a home is the biggest financial investment most people make in their lifetime. Having the experience and knowledge of a trusted adviser to guide you through the process can help you make the right choice. Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty helps more Vermont buyers and sellers than any other firm in Vermont. Our Agents are among the most highly-trained and productive in our local market area.

Here are a few reasons and ways an experienced Realtor can help you in the purchase of your next home.

Not all real estate professionals are the same.

While a Vermont real estate professional needs to be licensed to sell real estate in the state of Vermont, not all licensees are the same. Only real estate licensees who are members of the National Association of Realtors® are properly called REALTORS®.

  • REALTORS® are committed to treating all parties to a transaction honestly.
  • REALTORS® abide by a strict code of ethics and are expected to maintain a higher level of skill and knowledge.

At Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty, our REALTORS® are:

  • Full-time Agents, dedicated to serving Vermont home buyers and sellers.
  • Supported by a full-time, dedicated staff to provide the skills and resources our clients need to make their next move.
  • Among the most highly productive in Vermont - and recognized as one of the top 60 companies worldwide by Coldwell Banker International.

Your REALTOR® can help you determine buying power.

An experienced Vermont Realtor can refer you to local lenders that are best qualified and have the right program for your individual financial circumstances.

Your REALTOR® has many search tools to assist you.

From access to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) to information about properties that may not be publicly listed; a full-time REALTOR® not only has the tools to assist you - but the insight in how to make the tools work for you.

Your REALTOR® will educate you on the market conditions.

While the home search phase of the buying process may be the fun part - knowing the market conditions that will impact the purchase of your home is critical to your success. Your REALTOR® will have access to the information you need to make an informed decision.

We are committed to helping buyers and sellers make informed decisions. Our Vermont Market Report is published four times a year with a comprehensive analysis of the market by town and property type.

Your REALTOR® is a skilled negotiator.

Once you've found the home of your dreams - you will need a highly skilled negotiator to guide you and get the best terms before entering into a purchase agreement. Making the offer and negotiating contingencies, including finance and possible repairs to the property, is where you want a REALTOR® with experience.

Your REALTOR® will walk you through the purchase agreement.

The purchase and sale agreement is a legally binding contract. Your REALTOR® will help explain the details of the purchase agreement and ensure that the terms you are looking for are included in the contract. It is always recommended that any contract you sign also be reviewed by your attorney.

Your REALTOR® will help you evaluate the property.

From price to condition - your REALTOR® will guide you and help you evaluate many aspects of the property. If necessary, your REALTOR® will also help you find qualified professionals like inspectors or service providers to assist you in the process.

Your REALTOR® will guide you through deadlines.

Once your offer is accepted, your REALTOR® will keep you on track to ensure that deadlines, such as financing and inspection, are satisfied.

Getting to the closing table.

Once the paperwork, negotiations, unexpected questions and possible delays are complete - you and your REALTOR® will do a final walk-through of the property generally within 24 hours of your closing, to ensure that any repairs have been completed and the condition of the property has not deteriorated. This is an exciting time, and your REALTOR® will help ensure important details, are not overlooked.

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