BY Kay Wilson-Bolton
Ventura County Coastal Association of REALTORS.
August 13, 2000
Only those REALTORS® who are in good standing with the Ventura County Coastal Association of REALTORS® may serve on the Grievance and Professional Standards panels. One of the most common situations they deal with is that buyers and sellers did not understand the contract when they signed it.
Attorneys who specialize in real estate matters will confirm this.
The solution is simple. If you don’t understand your contract, you are not required to sign it. You don’t have to be victimized by not having enough information.
You have lots of choices through the real estate process. If you aren’t relating well to your agent, find another one. If you worry about the termite report, request a second opinion. If you worry about anything—ask a qualified professional to help you.
Don’t be a victim of not knowing what you should know. Minimize your stress and call someone who can help you. It can be the REALTOR® who prepared your contract. It can be the attorney or the CPA recommended by your REALTOR® or a friend.
Be sure the lender you have chosen is someone with experience in lending. Be certain the REALTOR® who has shown you a dozen homes over a period of time and has worked for you knows you are looking at open houses. Carry the card of your REALTOR® with you when you do.
The public regularly responds to opportunities to do real estate business with people who call on the phone and offer to become their real estate professional. Telemarketing has reached into every business venue.
Don’t be casual about your real estate relationships. The salesmanship side of our business is big. Training seminars are expensive and result in a genuine, but very particular kind of real estate business. It goes to the core of free enterprise in America.
Your REALTOR® should be chosen because someone you know trusts them and finds them worthy of recommendation. Or, you interviewed them and they met your standards. They could answer the hard questions or knew where to get them.
REALTORS® with integrity know they are not perfect. The honorable ones will try to make a problem right with a promise to learn and do better next time.
You do have choices and make sure you choose a REALTOR®. Not all real estate agents are REALTORS® and there is a difference!
Kay Wilson-Bolton the owner of CENTURY 21 Buena Vista in Santa Paula and Fillmore.