When was the first (or last time) you purchased real estate? Odds are, if you’ve never purchased property, moved from a different state, or haven’t done so in the past five years, you may not necessarily know what to expect from your real estate agent. You’re not alone. Real estate is constantly changing and Realtors® and you’re expectations should change with it as well.
Here are a few things you can expect from a real estate professional.
This one is a no brainer but we are surprised to hear how many buyers and sellers out there try to work with agents who aren’t knowledgeable in the neighborhood or even the real estate market! “I don’t know” is never an acceptable answer to give so if you’re getting one too many of these, it might be time to find a more seasoned agent. You shouldn’t be having to do all the homework on HOA fees, similar homes on the market, or scheduling showing appointments. A knowledgeable Realtor® won’t know everything but they will work diligently to get you the answers you need and deserve.
We’re busy people but so are you. Your agent should make time to host an open house or take a weekend to show you top properties that fit your criteria. If you’re making too many phone calls or writing countless follow up emails, you should discuss with your agent. Communication is key (the most important one) and you should be getting the communication and time it takes to buy or sell a home.
Most people think our job is paperwork and nothing more but it takes creativity sometimes to pull off some of the deals. We need to be able to put together an offer and find solutions so that you get exactly what you want and nothing less. If the house doesn’t have a pool, you’re agent might be able to find someone out there to create a drawing of the exact pool you want. Not loving the curb appeal of a home? Your agent could put together visuals to see the potential in a home you would love otherwise.
You shouldn’t buy a home at a price you’re not happy with. The right agent will be able to negotiate better terms to ensure a smooth transaction from the first offer to the closing table. As we like to say, the first offer is a conversation starter so if your agent is pushing for you to accept the first one, it should signal a red flag.
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At the very least, your agent should be able to market to the other home search websites such as Trulia and Zillow but a sale requires more. Your agent should use their professional social media presence as a way to strategically market to potential buyers and sellers. They should be sharing useful information you need and garnering the right kind of attention.
We know real estate can be stressful but we hope you take the time to find the right Realtor® for you.
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