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What Your REALTOR® Does for You - The Real Estate Transaction in 180 Steps

Surveys show that many homeowners and homebuyers are not aware of the true value a REALTOR® provides during the course of a real estate transaction.

The list provided here is a baseline since the services may vary within each brokerage and each market.  Many REALTORS® routinely provide a wide variety of additional services that are as varied as the nature of each transaction.  

By the same token, some transactions may not require some of these steps to be equally successful. However, most would agree that given the unexpected complications that can arise, it’s far better to know about a step and make an intelligent, informed decision to skip it, than to not know the possibility even existed.



Americans Think Buying a Home Is a Good Financial Decision 


NAR’s eleventh Housing Pulse Survey shows a vast majority of Americans believe that buying a home is a solid financial decision, and most believe they could sell their home for at least its initial purchase price.

The survey, which measures consumers’ attitudes and concerns about housing issues, found that building equity; wanting a stable and safe environment; and having the freedom to choose their neighborhood remain the top three reasons to own a home. The number of renters who are now thinking about purchasing a home has increased since the last survey in 2013, up from 36 percent to 39 percent.

The telephone survey of 1,000 adults nationwide in the 50 most populous metropolitan statistical areas was conducted for NAR by American Strategies and Myers Research & Strategic Services for NAR”s Housing Opportunity Program. An additional 250 interviews were conducted with millennial adults (born after 1981) from the same geography.

Some key findings from the year’s survey include:

  • More than eight in 10 Americans believe that purchasing a home is a good financial decision, and 68 percent believe that now is a good time to buy a home.
  • Sixty-one percent of renters now say that eventually owning a home is one of their highest personal priorities, up 11 points from 2013.
  • Respondents expect to see continued improvement, as 89 percent expect real estate sales to increase or remain the same.


How to Find a Pioneer Valley REALTOR®

How to Find a Pioneer Valley Mortgage Loan Officer, Bank, Real Estate Attorney, and other real estate professionals

For a list of all REALTOR® members in the REALTOR® Association of Pioneer Valley, go to the FIND A REALTOR® button at the top right on the home page.  
For a list of all Affiliate members in the REALTOR® Association of Pioneer Valley, go to the FIND AN AFFILIATE button at the top right on the home page.


Don't Sell Your Home Alone - Consult a REALTOR® 

Know the risks of selling your home without a REALTOR®.  
Don't go it alone. Consult a professional. 


Real Estate Terms Glossary


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Massachusetts Cities and Towns
This link provided you with the web site of every community in Massachusetts.  Source: The Massachusetts Municipal Association.
Massachusetts Municipal City and Town Web Sites



Contact information for the Pioneer Valley Fire Departments.  
List of Pioneer Valley Fire Departments