Top Tips when Working with Realtors
Buying or selling a home can be both exciting and terrifying for most people and it can be a tedious process, but working with a professional Real Estate agent will make the experience a seamless one. But just like any business relationship, there are rules and etiquette that needs to be followed to ensure a successful outcome.
1. Find "The One"
If you're looking for your dream home and you want the perfect guy for the job, finding "The One," who will most likely get the job done is the easiest way in finding your home sweet home. But with the real estate market in full throttle and realtors are abound everywhere, how do you find the right guy for you?
Easy. Find someone with a proven track record of sales and who can help you get the best deals on the market. Social media is a good platform in checking for reviews and feedback about the realtor that you want to work with. Word of mouth referrals are always the best form of advertisement of a satisfied customer and finding one is one step towards your new home.
2. Set expectations
Being able to set clear expectations at the onset of your home buying/selling process is a key factor and communicating what you need and want will most definitely ensure a win/win result. It is important that you are able to convey to your agent what you're looking for, the price range, your essentials and others, and with these information, your agent will be able to tailor fit the search to your liking. The right agent will listen to what you need and want and work on that premise. A good agent would also inform you of the current standing of the real estate market and trends to set proper expectations if you're selling your home.
3. Timing is Everything
This may sound cliche, but it rings true for real estate agents or any profession actually. Be on time when setting appointments and plan ahead if you are planning on viewing a house that you like. Your agent most likely has other appointments and meetings and would appreciate letting them know in advance if you would like to set up a meeting or if there's a home that you would like to view.
4. Read Before You Sign
Don't sign the dotted line if you are unsure what it contains. Contracts are legally binding agreements and be prepared to ask questions if there's something you don't understand. Don't be afraid to ask questions no matter how silly or trivial it may be.
5. Loyalty is Everything
Most often than not, realtors work for commissions and if a deal falls through, they don't get paid. Carefully select a Realtor you respect and find someone that you will be comfortable working with and stay with them.