Why Use a Certified REALTOR®?

Breakwater — Martha’s Vineyard Real Estate is a member of the National Association of REALTORS®, the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® and the Cape Cod and Islands Board of REALTORS®.

This is beneficial to both buyers and sellers. Why, you may ask? Many of the reasons can be found on the site. When you choose Breakwater — Martha’s Vineyard Real Estate, feel free to discuss how working with a certified Real Estate Broker can help you to get want you need, whether you are a buyer or a seller.

What Breakwater — Martha's Vineyard Real Estate Can do for You

  • We can help you determine your buying power — that is, your financial reserves plus your borrowing capacity. If you give a REALTOR® some basic information about your available savings, income and current debt, he or she can refer you to lenders best qualified to help you. Most lenders — banks and mortgage companies — offer limited options.
  • We have many resources to assist you in your home search. Sometimes the property you are seeking is available but not actively advertised in the market, and it will take some investigation by your agent to find all available properties.
  • We can assist you in the selection process by providing objective information about each property. Agents who are REALTORS® have access to a variety of informational resources. REALTORS® can provide local community information on utilities, zoning, schools, etc. There are two things you’ll want to know. First, will the property provide the environment I want for a home or investment? Second, will the property have resale value when I am ready to sell?
  • We can help you negotiate. There are myriad negotiating factors, including but not limited to price, financing, terms, date of possession and often the inclusion or exclusion of repairs and furnishings or equipment. The purchase agreement should provide a period of time for you to complete appropriate inspections and investigations of the property before you are bound to complete the purchase. Your agent can advise you as to which investigations and inspections are recommended or required.
  • Your REALTOR® provides due diligence during the evaluation of the property. Depending on the area and property, this could include inspections for termites, dry rot, asbestos, faulty structure, roof condition, septic tank and well tests, just to name a few. Your REALTOR® can assist you in finding qualified responsible professionals to do most of these investigations and provide you with written reports. You will also want to see a preliminary report on the title of the property. Title indicates ownership of property and can be mired in confusing status of past owners or rights of access. The title to most properties will have some limitations; for example, easements (access rights) for utilities. Your REALTOR® or attorney can help you resolve issues that might cause problems at a later date.
  • We can help you in understanding different financial options and in identifying qualified lenders.
  • We can guide you through the closing process and make sure everything flows together smoothly.