Why Use a REALTOR®?

Your home will probably be the MOST EXPENSIVE purchase you ever make.

Both financially and emotionally, a housing choice is a major milestone and a significant transaction. It is essential to work with a professional that you trust and who can guide you expertly through a complicated process. REALTORS® are indisputably the leaders of the real estate industry – we subscribe to a Code of Ethics that ensures clients’ priorities are always protected, and we pursue in-depth education on all issues that could affect your ability to buy, sell, or rent property.

Agents who display the I am one® logo are doing more than just conveying their status as REALTORS®; they’re declaring their passion for the industry and their willingness to go above and beyond what is merely required by law.



Not every real estate agent is a REALTOR®, but once an agent becomes a member of the National Association of REALTORS®, he or she is held to the higher standards of the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, and pledge to observe its spirit in all of their activities.



REALTORS® serve on their local association boards, through various committees and groups, in order to improve the business environment for all real estate professionals. They believe in setting the bar high and working towards common goals.



As a group, REALTORS® are able to have a strong voice on legislative issues. Members work to protect private property rights, and educate lawmakers on matters of importance to the real estate industry. REALTORS® keep the American Dream of home ownership alive.

Not every broker, agent or sales associate is a REALTOR®.

What’s the difference between a REALTOR® and a non-REALTOR®? It’s simple. It’s a commitment to YOU and YOUR BEST INTERESTS. Virginia REALTORS® have pledged to:

  • Protect the individual rights of real estate ownership
  • To be honorable and honest in all dealings
  • To better represent clients by building knowledge and experience
  • To serve our communities

Beyond our commitment to the National Association of REALTORS® Code of Ethics, REALTORS® are real estate professionals with vast amounts of experience. We value continuing education and are active members in our communities who have not only the know-how to represent our clients, but a shared passion and investment in the places where we all live and work. The laws and regulations surrounding the real estate industry are ever-changing. While a non-member agent may care about closing the transaction, REALTORS® go beyond their own bottom line to stay current with any and all updates to laws, regulations, contracts, and practices so that you are protected from unexpected shifts. When it comes to contracts and negotiations, your REALTOR® is your champion. Let us serve as your experienced guide to navigate you through the process of negotiations, lengthy documents, and making, accepting, or declining offers.