Avoid the Wrong Real Estate Agent

Linda Ward

In what will likely be the biggest investment you make inyour life, buying a home needs the attention and assistance a professional realestate agent can provide. But not just any real estate agent, it’s important tofind 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 driveto ensure you’re provided the tools and skills to walk away from a closingknowing your needs were met. Let’s jump into issues you can face if you don’thave the right agent on your team.

1. THE “WRONG” AGENT WON’T LISTEN.

It’s important to find a real estate agent that sits down withyou and actually listens to your needs. What type of home do you want? Where doyou want to live? Does the commute to school or work have to be a certaindistance? Etc. Working with an agent that doesn’t take the time to listen toyour real estate needs will end up wasting your time and sending you homes tolook at that don’t match your needs. Sit down with an agent that wants to getto know your needs and wants to help you achieve your goal of buying your dreamhouse.

 

2. YOU’LL GET TERRIBLE ADVICE.

Choosing the wrong agent means you’ll find yourself insituations with terrible advice. Make sure you choose an agent that is able togive you the proper direction when it comes to the whole sales process. Fromnegotiations, to repairs, you want to ensure you choose a trusted adviser thatcan guide you on the right path.

 

3. THEY WON’T NEGOTIATE THE BEST DEAL FOR YOU

A great agent will negotiate for you to get an amazing deal. Nowthis isn’t to equate to unrealistic negotiation expectations of what the marketwill sell a home for – because that can mean losing your dream house. But the“wrong” agent won’t bother to negotiate on any part of the salesprocess. You want to find an agent that not only negotiates for you, but doesit in an effective way and advises you on the best steps to take, to ensure youstill get the right home.

 

4. DIFFICULT TO GET IN TOUCH WITH

A great agent has a set and active schedule that allows you toget in touch with them, or a member of their team, on a reasonable time frame.The “wrong” agent will be difficult to get a hold of, even notgetting 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 hoursthat allow you to get in touch with them at anytime during those hours, and isavailable to call you back if they miss your call, in a timely manner. This isincredibly important during the sales process, if something needs immediateattention, and your agent is nowhere to be found, you can lose the deal.

 

5. CAN LEAD TO A LEGAL MESS

The “wrong” agent can be unethical, or simply not havethe proper knowledge about the legalities within the industry that is standardfor agents to follow through on. As a professional, in an industry with a lotof accompanying laws, it’s a great agent’s job to know how to protect youthroughout the sales process. While providing the necessary contracts andguidance 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’slife. 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 tonavigate the bumps that come up within the sales process in an experienced andprofessional manner. The “wrong” agent will create a mess of the salesprocess, not find you the right home, and you can end up with a home you don’tactually love – or one with too many issues. Find a great agent that knows theprocess and can ensure it goes as smoothly as possible, giving you the time toprepare for common situations that may cause delays. Although some things canoccur that neither party is aware of, having an experienced agent will help youthrough general hurdles that could arise through the sale.

You need the right agent to find you the right home.