What You DON’T Want in a Real Estate Agent
Buying a home is a stressful process, and having a good real estate agent to guide you through it is crucial. You need to feel comfortable and confident in your decision, and that’s where you need a good buyer’s agent. Sometimes, when multiple agents are trying to sell themselves to you, it’s easier to look at what you DON’T want in an agent.
An Agent Who Doesn’t Communicate
Real estate agents often work long, yet irregular hours. They shouldn’t be expected to be on call every hour of every day, but they should be in communication with you. At the very least, when you call or email, you should hear back within a few hours, even if the response is simply that they are working on an answer and will get back to you later, or that they’ll be available at a certain time. Your agent should be in touch with you on a regular basis.
An Agent Who Isn’t Confident
If you’re looking to buy and your agent has no wisdom to offer you, it’s not a good fit. You aren’t getting any real guidance from them. When it comes down to it, a buyer’s agent has a big job to do, and you need to know they are confident they can execute each step to get you the best outcome.
An Agent Who Doesn’t Listen
An agent can offer their guidance and opinion, but if you’re looking for a colonial and they keep showing you ranch homes, or you want a close neighborhood with sidewalks and they show you homes where you can’t see a neighbor, they aren’t listening to what you want. You should feel like you’re being heard.
An Agent Who Isn’t Professional
Professionalism matters. Is your agent well dressed? Well spoken? Does their car look neat and clean? And most importantly, are they punctual? An agent who is always late does not value your time.
An Agent Who is Pushy
Are they making you uncomfortable with their tactics? Are they trying to get you to spend outside your comfort zone? They may also try to get your business by telling you anything they think you want to hear. If what they’re advising you to do feels more like beating you down, it’s not right. Confidence doesn’t mean arrogance.
An Agent Who Isn’t Getting the Job Done
Is your agent offering you no homes to view? Are they waiting for you to find houses and ask to see them? If you’ve stalled, it’s time to have a serious conversation about how to get things moving.
If you feel like you’ve hired the wrong agent, the first thing you need to do is review your agreement. Talk to your agent, let them know you’re unhappy, and in many cases they’ll release you from the contract. And if the agent won’t do that themselves, talking to someone at their brokerage may often get you the results you’re looking for. Real estate is a reputation business, and no brokerage wants to risk bad word of mouth by forcing an unhappy client to stay. But ultimately, knowing what to look for, what to avoid, and choosing the right agent to begin with will make for the least stressful process! Contact our office today to speak with one of our agents! We have the same goal-helping you achieve your real estate goals.