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Thankful for our EMTAR members

15 Reasons Why EMTAR Is Thankful for Our REALTOR® Members

During this Thanksgiving week, we wanted to take a moment to express how grateful we are for the 1,300-plus members who are part of our EMTAR family. All across Wilson, Smith, and Dekalb Counties and the surrounding areas, the agents and brokers who call Eastern Middle Tennessee home are making a tremendous positive difference for your clients and for our communities.

In light of that, here are some of the many reasons why we are thankful for our members:

1.  It starts with the heart. You aren’t in real estate just to check off another deal. You truly care about the buyers and sellers you work with and are dedicated to helping them navigate the largest transaction many of them will ever make. It’s a love for what you do and for the people you serve in the process that motivates you deep down.

2. You provide fair and ethical treatment. Because you are a REALTOR® and a member of the National Association of REALTORS®, you are committed to adhering to our REALTOR® Code of Ethics, which is based on professionalism, serving the interests of clients, and protecting the public. This makes a big difference in how you conduct business and how you serve your clients.

3. You’re there for your fellow REALTORS®. We love to see our EMTAR members helping each other. Whether it’s mentoring newer agents, stepping up to lead a class, offering insights during a networking event, or checking in on a fellow member to see how they’re doing, you care not only about your own interests but also about those of others.

4. Your expertise shines through. Buying a home is simple, right? Hardly! It typically requires a variety of forms, reports, disclosures, and other legal and financial documents. As a knowledgeable real estate agent, you know what’s necessary in Tennessee, which helps your clients avoid delays and costly mistakes.

5. You’re willing to give back. EMTAR members know how much they have been helped along the way, and they appreciate the value of being involved in a local REALTOR® Association. For that reason, you are eager to step in and serve, volunteer, celebrate the achievements of others, take part in enriching events and opportunities, and find other ways to “pay it forward.”

6. You speak the language. There’s a lot of jargon involved in real estate, from the search process to final transaction details; you understand it all and are skilled at keeping your clients aware of what the terms mean throughout the process of buying or selling a property.

7. You provide objective information and opinions. On the buyer side, a great real estate agent guides clients through the home search with an unbiased eye, helping them meet their objectives while staying within budget. You also are a great source when your clients have questions about our local amenities, utilities, zoning rules, contractors, and more.

8. You “get” the power of advocacy. You’re aware of the effort it takes to ensure that issues important to private-property owners, buyers and sellers, and our real estate industry remain front and center when important legislative and regulatory decisions are made at the local, state, and national levels. And you’re eager to do your part to make your voice and the voice of your fellow REALTORS® and clients heard when it matters most.

9. You are connected. As we know, especially in Eastern Middle Tennessee’s vibrant, fast-moving market, property rarely sells because of advertising alone. A large share of real estate sales come as the result of agents’ contacts with other industry professionals, previous clients, and others in your sphere. Many times, it’s who you know!

10. You give expanded search power. Clients want access to the full range of opportunities. Using a cooperative MLS, you help them evaluate all active listings that meet their criteria, alert them to listings soon to come on the market, and provide data on recent sales. You save them time by winnowing away properties that are still appearing on public sites but are no longer on the market.

11. You stand in your clients’ corner during negotiations. There are many factors up for discussion in any real estate transaction—from price to repairs to possession date. Real estate pros like you look at the transaction from the buyer or seller’s perspective, helping negotiate a purchase agreement that meets their needs.

12. You ensure an up-to-date experience. Most people buy or sell only a few homes in a lifetime, usually with quite a few years in between. Laws and regulations change. You may handle hundreds or thousands of transactions over the course of a career, so you know what’s new and what’s different.

13. You provide a sense of security. Risk is a fact of life. To minimize it, real estate agents follow protocols to ensure your own safety, as well as the safety and security of your clients and their properties. As a REALTOR®, you prescreen prospects and accompany qualified prospects through the property. You also help educate parties about how to prevent fraudulent dealings, such as wire fraud, that can put sales at risk.

14.  You are their rock during emotional moments. A home is so much more than four walls and a roof. And for most buyers, it’s the biggest purchase they’ll ever make. Serving as a concerned but objective third party means you help your clients stay steady and focused on the issues most important when emotions threaten to sink an otherwise sound transaction.

15. You make us smile. When we think about you, when we get to see you at our events and classes and celebrations, when we hear about the many ways you encourage and uplift your fellow REALTORS®, when we get notes from buyers and sellers expressing their gratitude for the high quality of service you’ve provided to them—in these and so many other times, you bring joy to all of us.

We could go on! These 15 reasons only scratch the surface of why we appreciate our EMTAR members.

For now, may you and yours enjoy a blessed and meaningful Thanksgiving celebration, and a joyous holiday season as we move toward the end of 2023 and prepare for what promises to be another eventful and memorable year ahead.

About EMTAR: Chartered in 1969, our Association’s 1,300+ REALTORS® are a proud part of the 36,000+ members of Tennessee REALTORS® and of the 1.5 million+ members of NAR, all working to serve the public and protect the rights of America’s property owners. EMTAR members are known not only for their unmatched real estate excellence and high ethical standards, but also for being generous, hospitable, others-focused, loyal, hardworking, and eager to help wherever and whenever help is needed.

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