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Realtor logoPeople often use the terms realtor*, real estate agent and broker interchangeably, but they actually mean different things.

 

Although all are licensed to sell real estate, the basic difference between a real estate agent and a realtor is that a realtor is a member of the National Association of REALTORS®. As such, the main difference is that a realtor must subscribe to the REALTOR® Code of Ethics.

 

But what does this mean for you?

 

The Code of Ethics is strictly enforced. It contains 17 articles and accompanying Standards of Practice. It’s not just a list of rules that agents swear to uphold and adhere to. The Standards are much more restrictive and confining about conduct than those governing agents who simply hold a real estate license. While there is no evidence or guarantee that all realtors are morally or ethically better than unaffiliated real estate agents, it is an attempt by the industry to regulate its members. See a complete list of things a realtor promises to do that non-affiliates do not.

 

So what about a broker?

 

A broker is a real estate agent with further education and a broker’s license issued by the state. The extra education goes in-depth into topics like contracts, taxes, and insurance. Brokers can work on their own or they can hire agents to work for them in an agency. To become a broker, a real estate agent must have been working as a licensed real estate agent for a certain number of years.

 

*Note: the trademarked word REALTOR® is the proper format, but I prefer a more natural flow in my blog and website, so I use the term realtor to keep things easy for you to read. When I say realtor, I mean REALTOR®.

 

 

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Here are a few reasons buyers should finally be feeling more optimistic. 🌟

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Have you watched homes on your street sell for sky-high prices in the past few years?

It’s tempting to aim high when it comes time to sell your home—but proceed with caution.

The market is adapting to rising mortgage rates, and homes simply aren’t selling as fast. Unfortunately, the longer a home is listed, the more buyers’ concerns begin to grow.

Of course, you also don’t want to sell your home for less than it’s worth.

That’s why it’s important to work with a local market expert. We know the ins and outs of the local real estate market and what buyers are willing to pay today.

The good news? If you’ve been in your home for several years, you are likely to have a sizable amount of equity. That means you stand to make a tidy profit. 🤑

Get in touch for a free home value assessment to find out what your home could sell for in today’s market!

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Mammoth Lakes - Best Ski Town!
Exciting news. Mammoth Lakes has been nominated for Best Ski Town in America in the USA Today 2022 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards. But also, Clocktower Cellar has been nominated for Best Ski Bar!

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November Market Update!

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While I am often accused of being an eternal optimist, there are some valid reasons for having a positive outlook on the current real estate market.

When you’re hearing news about home prices remaining high, and mortgage rates skyrocketing, you might wonder how a real estate agent can possibly claim it’s a great time to buy. Or, on the other hand, you read that sales prices are coming down and it’s taking longer to sell because rates have gone up, it may make you question how agents can claim that it’s a great time to sell.

You might feel like agents always seem to be constantly putting a positive spin on the current real estate market, and think they’re doing it out of self-interest. After all, they only make money if and when someone buys or sells a house, so of course they’d want people to feel like it’s always a great time to buy or sell real estate.

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"Sonja was so professional and wonderful to deal with. She stepped in when our original realtor bowed out after we drove 5 hours to look at real estate. She stepped in without a single hiccup and then stood by us as we negotiated the purchase price and was with us helping us get the mortgage. She was a full service realtor even doing things not normally done by a realtor. Highly recommend her."

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Curious about what they are building in town near The Stove restaurant?? A new recreation center is coming to Mammoth Lakes! For more check out my blog...

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Sonja is super excited to help her clients sell their St. Anton condo -- they are doing a 1031 exchange and will be buying in another state. The good news is they still own in Mammoth Lakes and will be around for years to come. A local full time resident is the new owner and will call this place home....just in time for the holidays! Thanks to Lauren Tracey and Sierra Escrow.

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How can you get the most money for your home in today’s market? 💰

The real estate market is cooling. But it’s still possible to score a great offer if you follow these tips:

🛠️ Make strategic repairs and improvements
🧹 Declutter and depersonalize
🛋️ Stage your home for success
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💸 Price your home correctly from the start

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OPEN HOUSE!
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Stop by and check out this condo right next door to Canyon Lodge!
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I'm always here to help you look your best! Especially when it comes to looking good in your new mountain home! I don’t know why but this cracks me up!!! 😂

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OPEN HOUSE!
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Thursday, November 17
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Stop by and see this great townhome in Forest Creek. This is Agent Caravan but everyone is welcome.

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📣BEWARE OF INSTANT CASH OFFERS FOR YOUR HOME

The US Federal Trade Commission recently fined online home buying firm Opendoor $62 million for “cheating” home sellers.

The company was deceiving homeowners by claiming that “they could make more money selling their home to Opendoor than on the open market using the traditional sales process.”

Companies like Opendoor (aka iBuyers or direct buyers) use computer algorithms to offer home sellers quick cash offers. But don’t be fooled by their splashy advertising—these offers are almost always below market value.

According to MarketWatch, transactions involving iBuyers net sellers a whopping 11% less than those conducted by a real estate agent on the open market.

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