A real estate transaction can require many forms, contracts, and addenda. Even in a straightforward sale or purchase, you may eventually sign dozens of legal documents. But knowing which form to use—or even knowing whether you should use a form—can be tricky.

Thankfully, your REALTOR® has experience and knowledge about the many available forms. Also important, REALTORS® have access to more than 100 contracts and forms that are not available to agents who are not REALTORS®, such as an approximation of closing costs, a special contract for condominiums, a notice to withdraw an offer, a buyer’s walkthrough, contracts specific to commercial transactions and leases—the list goes on.

To make sure you are working with a knowledgable professional who has access to the forms and contracts you may need, be sure that the agent you’re working with is a REALTOR®.