Williamson County Association of REALTORS® Provides Value to the Community
By Lisa Wurth
As Williamson County continues to grow, so does the Williamson County Association of REALTORS® (WCAR). It’s been a busy and exciting 2017 thus far, serving our Realtor® member family. Joining WCAR this year to lead the organization, is Executive Vice President, Rob Wigton. Rob has more than twenty-two years of experience in various parts of the real estate profession. Rob has served as the CEO of both state and local associations. He was the CEO of the Nevada Association of REALTORS® from 2009-2013, and was most recently the CEO of the Greater Gateway Association of REALTORS® in Glen Carbon, Illinois, outside of St. Louis, Missouri. “As the search committee was interviewing me a couple months ago, I told them that within a few months I wanted our membership to be able to proudly proclaim that we belong to the very best local REALTOR® association in the state of Tennessee! Living up to that pledge is what drives me each day,” says Rob.
The real estate market in Williamson County continues to be a thriving, challenging market. In July, Williamson County residential single-family home sales experienced the highest median sales price year-to-date at $489,900. “The tremendous growth, along with lower than needed housing inventory, is creating multiple offer situations,” says Lisa Wurth, President of Williamson County Association of REALTORS®. “Our members take pride in helping their clients find that perfect home but also understand that this fast-moving market needs experienced and educated professionals that know and understand real estate contracts and are equipped to accurately price housing for this current market,” reiterated Lisa.
There are many ways REALTOR® members represent their clients. Here are just a few:
Fiduciary responsibility. When you work with a REALTOR®, their fiduciary responsibility is to you. That means you have an expert who is looking out for your best financial interests, an expert who’s contractually bound to do everything in their power to protect you. REALTORS® operate according to a strict code of ethics. In place for more than 100 years, the REALTOR® Code of Ethics ensures that consumers who work with a REALTOR® are treated professionally and ethically in all transaction-related matters.
Complex, ever-changing real estate regulations. Buying or selling a home is not like purchasing a plane ticket. Every home is different, and laws change every year and vary from state to state. Generally speaking, people purchase a new home every seven to ten years, and a lot can – and usually does – change between transactions. REALTORS® are immersed in real estate, and they must stay current with all the updates in regulations, laws, contracts and practices. Once you retain your REALTOR®, they put that knowledge to work for you.
Contracts and negotiations. In this fast-moving Williamson County market, it’s not uncommon for a home to have multiple offers on it. While that seems like a slam dunk for a seller, it can also be very confusing and create a great deal of stress for the seller. Because REALTORS® are committed to a high level of standards, they are constantly keeping their education up to date regarding changes in the marketplace that could affect their client’s offers. This allows them to help navigate these complex documents and craft an attractive offer that makes sense for you if you’re a buyer and to help coach you through how best to approach multiple offers if you’re a seller.
REALTORS® represent their clients, but they are also standouts in the community as well. Recently, the REALTOR® Good Works Foundation (RGWF), WCAR’s local philanthropic arm, donated $30K to the Franklin Special School District to enhance the playground for the kids of Williamson County. RGWF has granted a total of $210,000 since its inception in 2007, via scholarships to graduating seniors and promoting fine arts education in Williamson County Schools. The Foundation also hosts a Student Art Competition in partnership with Williamson County Medical Center that is open to all high school students in Williamson County.
WCAR has numerous fundraisers throughout the year including the next fundraising event, the WCAR’s twenty-ninth annual Golf Scramble at Hideaway at Arrington, a beautiful golf facility tucked away in the rolling landscape of Arrington. This event is always a good time and brings together hundreds of local REALTORS® and business professionals to support the rewarding work of the REALTOR® Good Works Foundation. For more information about the 2017 WCAR Golf Tournament, contact Tiffany Claxton at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website at wcartn.org/events.