Choosing a ”Broker”
As if things weren’t confusing enough, Washington State enacted a law changing the relationship between client and real estate agent to one of a client and broker. I won’t go into great detail, but the bottom line is that, as confusing as the terminology is, you are actually protected better under this legal framework. Regardless of what you call me, my job is to help you make informed decisions, be your counselor and expert in real estate matters. There are thousands upon thousands of real estate licensees in King County alone. Not all are members of the National Association of Realtors. This is important because, as a Realtor®, I am held to a higher standard of business and ethical practice than the law requires of non-Realtor licensees. You have any number of business models from which to choose in selecting your representation. Whether it’s one of the big regional or national franchises or perhaps even an ala carte service provider, the options are many. Within this context, I prefer to think of myself as a surgeon. Much as if you might be using a site like WebMD to self-diagnose a medical condition, it’s what you do with that information that is important. You may hop up on the operating table, grab a scalpel and do the surgery yourself, hand it to the family doctor in the room or look to me, your surgeon. If you want the true expert, then I am your man.