Avoid The Wrong Real Estate Agent
In what will likely be the biggest investment you make in your life, buying a home needs the attention and assistance a professional real estate agent can provide. But not just any real estate agent, it’s important to find the “right” one. With the ease of being able to land a license, you want to make sure you’re hiring an agent who has the experience and drive to ensure you’re provided the tools and skills to walk away from a closing knowing your needs were met. Let’s jump into issues you can face if you don’t have the right agent on your team.
1. The “wrong” agent won’t listen
It’s important to find a real estate agent that actually listens to your needs. What type of home do you want? Where do you want to live? Does the commute to school or work have to be a certain distance? What monthly payment is most comfortable for you? Working with an agent that doesn’t take the time to listen to your real estate needs will end up wasting your time and sending you homes to look at that don’t match your needs. Contact an agent that wants to get to know your needs and wants to help you achieve your goal of buying your dream house or selling your current home.
2. You’ll Get Less Than Stellar Advice
Choosing the wrong agent means you’ll find yourself in situations with less than stellar advice. Make sure you choose an agent that is able to give you the proper direction when it comes to the entire real estate process, and that you won’t be passed off to an associate once the purchase contract is accepted. From negotiations, to repairs, you want to ensure you choose a trusted adviser that can guide you on the right path in every step of the transaction. An accepted purchase contract is only the beginning.
3. They Won’t Negotiate The Best Deal For You
A great agent will negotiate for you to get an amazing deal. Now this isn’t to equate to unrealistic negotiation expectations of what a home will sell for in a current market situation – because that could mean losing your dream home. But the “wrong” agent won’t bother to negotiate on any part of the sales process. You want to find an agent that not only negotiates for you, but does it in an effective way and advises you on the best steps to take, to ensure you still get the right home or have all the facts to accept the right offer.
4. Difficult To Get In Touch With
A great agent has a set and active schedule that allows you to get in touch with them, in a reasonable time frame. The “wrong” agent will be difficult to get a hold of, even not getting back to you during the sales process for days (sometimes even weeks.) To find a great agent, you want to find one that has dedicated business hours that allow you to get in touch with them at anytime during those hours, and is available to text you back when busy, call you back if they miss your call, and respond to your emails in a timely manner. This is incredibly important during the real estate process, as there time sensitive issues that need immediate attention, and if your agent is nowhere to be found, you could lose the deal.
5. Can Lead To A Legal Mess
The “wrong” agent can be unethical, or simply not have the proper knowledge about the legalities within the industry that is standard for agents to follow through on. As a professional, in an industry with a lot of accompanying laws, it’s a great agent’s job to know how to protect you throughout the real estate process. While providing the necessary contracts and guidance to ensure you’re protected by the decisions you make as well.
6. An Unhappy Buying Experience
Buying a home is an important and big process in a person’s life. If you’re buying your first home, or you’re purchasing your dream home, you don’t want the experience to be traumatizing. A great agent will be able to navigate the bumps that come up during the process in an experienced and professional manner. The “wrong” agent will create a mess of the process, not find you the right home, and you can end up with a home you don’t actually love – or one with too many issues.
Find a great agent that is experienced, knows the process and can ensure it goes as smoothly as possible, giving you the time to prepare for common situations that may cause delays. Although some things can occur that neither party is aware of, having an experienced agent will help you through general hurdles that could arise throughout the real estate transaction process.
You need the right agent to find you the right home. Contact me today, and let’s get started with the buying or selling process – or both!