The IVD: our membership for your benefit
The consultancy and advisory services that estate agents provide are very complex: not only do they survey and value properties and plots of land, but they also compile market analyses, check property documentation, analyse existing rental contracts, provide valuable information on contractual rights in sales agreements and help their clients find suitable financing. Finding a competent and trustworthy estate agent is therefore of the utmost importance for anyone looking to buy, sell, rent or let a property, as they will ensure you receive detailed and practical advice that is in your financial interests. Yet it can often be difficult to distinguish serious and well-qualified real estate service providers from ‘cowboy’ traders. You should not be afraid to ask an estate agent about their professional qualifications and experience; indeed a reputable company will be more than willing to provide you with this information.
An important mark of quality for estate agents is membership of the IVD Real Estate Association, the leading professional body for property consultants and residential sales agents in Germany.
We are proud to be a long-standing member of the IVD. Therefore by choosing WARNHOLZ Immobilien GmbH as your partner, you can feel safe in the knowledge that you and your property are in expert hands.
Why is IVD membership so important?
The IVD provides a strong community for its international members and estate agents bearing the IVD logo are guaranteed to demonstrate quality and professionalism. Being a member of the IVD Real Estate Association proves that we at WARNHOLZ Immobilien GmbH are:
Qualified and experienced professionals – to qualify as a member of the IVD, estate agents have to provide the association with proof that they have several years of professional experience and/or a degree focusing on the real estate industry, as well as professional references. Furthermore, IVD members are required to pass a comprehensive exam to test their knowledge of all things real estate before they are allowed into the association. Our certificate of IVD membership shows that we meet these strict requirements and are therefore considered property experts by the very best in the business.
Committed to our further professional development – the IVD requires its members to visit regular training courses and workshops. This means that we are always up-to-date with the latest developments in the real estate industry and can offer our clients the very best services.
Impartial – IVD members act as fair and unbiased intermediaries between the parties on either side of a sales or rental contract. We are first and foremost negotiators, whose primary concern is to use our extensive market knowledge to secure the best deal for our clients. It is our aim to always provide you with transparent information regarding the property in question and give you a realistic overview of prices.
Bound by a strict code of conduct – as an IVD member we are required to work in compliance with its rules and regulations. This includes not only having full indemnity and liability insurance to protect our clients from any possible errors or oversights, but also making sure that all agreements made between parties are recorded in writing. You can therefore be certain that we uphold professional standards at all times.
What does this mean for you in practice?
The IVD only put their name to estate agents who meet these stringent criteria. This means you can expect the following from WARNHOLZ Immobilien GmbH:
Industry expertise – we are professional estate agents who know the local market. Our satisfied clients attest to our many years of industry experience, and by constantly undergoing further training we make sure that we are at the height of our profession. We can offer you expert advice at every stage of the real estate process from initial evaluation to the conclusion of contracts.
Individually-tailored advice – whether you’re buying or selling, renting or letting, we will always discuss your personal requirements and finances with you in detail before making our first suggestions. We conduct our business through the eyes of our clients and endeavour to give you a precise and accurate picture of the market situation, the expected costs and the prospective time frames taking into account completion of all formalities.
Informed advice – in our capacity as advisors we not only aim to check as accurately as possible where potential problems lie, but we also endeavour to help resolve them. We never object to seeking external assistance and indeed actively collaborate with a strong network of professionals in specialised sectors, such as lawyers and architects. This ensures that you receive expert advice from a variety of qualified sources with a view to finding solutions that are effective in the long term rather than just quick fixes.
Availability – we will do whatever it takes to make the real estate process run as smoothly as possible for our clients. First and foremost this means being in regular contact over the phone and via email, as well as always being there for you to come and see us in our office.
Time to think – we are never too busy to answer our clients’ queries and will always make time for you, whether in our office or at your home. We will never pressure you into signing a contract without having had the time to read it thoroughly and ask any questions you may have about the prospective offer.
Continuing customer care – property viewings are when the buyer and seller or tenant and landlord meet for the very first time. It is also the place where both parties pose a lot of questions, and this is why we accompany our clients to every single visit to be on hand to answer them. We strive to build a long term relationship with our clients and remain a point of contact even after the sales or rental contract has been concluded.
In short, our membership in the IVD proves that we are trustworthy and reliable real estate professionals who strive do the best by our clients each and every day. It also shows that we take our business seriously. At WARNHOLZ Immobilien GmbH we are truly passionate about what we do for a living and this means not only that we are committed to our work, but also that we do it better – better for YOU.