In the Reno Sparks market we have approximately 3400 members of Northern Nevada Regional MLS, with members from both the Reno-Sparks Association of REALTORS and the Sierra Nevada Association of REALTORS.   As of today there are 1803 active listings of single family homes for the entire MLS.  If you look at just the Reno-Sparks area there are 1,012 active single family home listings.   With statistics like these the competition between agents for listings is fierce.   This highlights the need for buyers and sellers to take the time upfront to find a REALTOR that is a good fit.

Whether you are a rookie homebuyer or have gone through the process many times, having a local real estate expert who is well versed in the neighborhood you are looking to move to, as well as the trends of that area, should be your goal while home shopping.

One great example of an agent who is in your corner and is always looking out for your best interests is one of the main characters on ABC’s Modern Family, Phil Dunphy.

For those who aren’t familiar with the character, Phil is a REALTOR® with a huge heart who always strives to do his best for his family and his clients.

In one episode, he even shared an oath that he created and holds himself accountable to:

“On my honor, I promise to aid in man’s quest for shelter, to recognize I’m not just in the business of houses — I’m in the business of dreams in the shape of houses. To disclose all illegal additions, shoddy construction, murders, and ghosts. And to put my clients’ needs before my own.” 

While this might seem silly, as it was definitely written with humor in mind, the themes of helping someone achieve the American Dream and putting a client’s needs above his own are not to be taken lightly.

Bottom Line

When you make the decision to enter the housing market, as either a buyer or a seller, make sure you look for an agent who exemplifies these values and will help you through every step of the process.