Buying a home will be one of the largest investments you’ll ever make in your lifetime. It can often be a stressful, complicated process. That’s why finding the right real estate agent matters so much and at Carrington Real Estate Services we pride ourselves on establishing a great working relationship with the hundreds of buyers we represent across the country.
Establishing a great working relationship with an agent early on will help eliminate the stresses of purchasing a home ensuring that you have a smooth transaction.
Here are 5 tips to make sure you are getting the most out of working with your real estate agent …
5 Tips for Working With Your Real Estate Agent
#1: Clarify your expectations
Real estate agents are not salaried working professionals. They get paid only when they help a customer buy or sell a house. it’s possible that an agent will show dozens if not hundreds of homes and never make a sale. But their goal at the end of the day should be to help you find the right home for your needs while delivering the best service possible. In order to help make that happen you should clarify your expectations up-front.
Are you looking to buy within the month or are you still 4 - 6 months away from making a purchasing decision?
How familiar are you with the area? Are there other areas that you would consider searching in?
What do you expect or need your agent to do for you? (e.g. “communicate with me frequently,” “help me search for the right listings”).
Setting clear expectations with your agent up-front will help establish a good, respectful working relationship that will help your home purchase move along smoothly. You will feel like you’re getting the care and attention that you deserve and your agent will feel like he/she isn’t wasting his/her time.
#2: Ask a lot of questions
Buying a home is one of the largest investments you’ll ever make. Naturally, you’re going to have a lot of questions - about financing, understanding escrow, the community. Don’t hesitate to ask your real estate agent any and every question that comes to mind.
Your agent is an expert in the local market, and expert on the community, and is there to guide you and make you feel at ease during the buying process.
#3: Be honest with your agent
As time goes on and you find that you’re not getting answers to your questions and you’re overall not satisfied with the level of service that you are receiving … it’s time to be honest and upfront with your agent before either of you waste any more of each other’s time.
Offer constructive feedback about why it’s not working out:
- They’re not answering or returning your calls,
- They’re not answering your questions,
- Responses to your emails take more than a few days,
It’s possible that after having an open discussion about what’s happening that you’ll start to get the level of service that you deserve. Otherwise, it’s time to end your working relationship right then and there.
#4: Establish a clear communication plan up-front
Real estate agents are always managing a busy workload - showing homes, hosting open houses, meeting new clients, managing escrows.
Bottom line: they’re busy and so are you. That’s why it’s important to establish a communication plan up-front.
- Do you prefer to be reached by call or text?
- Are you available to speak during the day? If so, what time?
- Do you prefer to communicate in the evenings? If so, how late is too late?
- Can you be reached by email? Should your agent cc’ your significant other on any and all correspondence?
From there it’s up to you to do your research and share the properties that you like with your agent so that you can plan your next move. But having a clear and open communication plan up-front will help both of you manage and make the most of your time together.
#5: Schedule everything on your calendar
The next several days, weeks, and months are going to be hectic. You will have several meetings with your real estate agent to view homes, tour the neighborhood, sign documents, and more.
Your real estate agent is going to do his part to stay organized and you should, too!
Make sure that you communicate to your agent ahead of time what days/times are best for you to meet. And when you do add an appointment to your calendar make sure that you’ve included your significant other as well.
Buying made easy …
Buying a new home can often be stressful. It is one of the largest investments you’ll ever make in your lifetime. But if you have the right real estate agent at your side you’ll have nothing to worry about.
All your questions will get answered, your concerns will get addressed, and you’ll be in your new home in no time with minimal effort or headache.
Just follow these tips and you’ll have a great working relationship with your real estate agent!
Ready to get your home buying process started? Contact your local Carrington Real Estate Services agent for assistance with answering these questions and getting the home of your dreams.