|Whether you are buying a home or selling a home, you are most likely going to need the services of a real estate agent. Most people have seen movies and heard horror stories about pushy real estate agents that try to get you to buy a home you arent interested in or list your home for a price well above what its worth. The last thing you want is for the real estate agent you work with to be anything like the stereotypes. |
A real estate agents success will tell you a lot about how he or she works. How many homes does that agent sell? An successful agent that sales many homes is usually easy to work with. When you are interviewing real estate agents you might find it helpful to ask for references. Of course, these references should have experiences relevant to the services you are looking for. If you are buying a home from the real estate agent, speaking to someone who has had a positive selling experience with the agent will not be of much help.
Choose an agent based on a referral you receive from someone you trust. When a friend or family member gives you the name of a real estate agent, there is a greater chance of you having a successful experience with the agent, than if you randomly choose one from the telephone book. Make sure the person who is referring the real estate to you has had a recent experience in working with the agent.
If you are a buyer working with a real estate agent, make sure to give the agent the details you are looking for in a home along with the maximum price you are willing to pay. Your agent should make every agent to show you homes that meet the criteria. There are some agents that will attempt to show you homes that are above your maximum price or do not meet your priority criteria. Usually this happens because the agent has some ulterior motive for selling the property. Respond to this situation the first time by asking that the real estate agent only show you homes that meet your criteria. If the agent continues to disrespect your wishes, you should move on to an agent that will abide by your requests.
Pushy real estate agents are fairly easy to recognize. You will notice that the agent does not truly seem interested in your needs or wants. The agents primary concern will be to sell you something. For buyers, the pushy agents will try whatever is necessary to get you to purchase a home that you arent interested in. These agents might express frustration when you do not make a swift enough decision to meet their satisfaction.
When working with a sellers agent, be wary of real estate agents that pressure you to make decisions before you are comfortable with working with them. A professional agent will assist you in making educated decisions based on facts. This kind of agent will even provide you with the information necessary. If you feel that a real estate agent does not have your best interests in mind, kindly thank them for their services, and enlist the services of another real estate professional.