Although most clients are pleasant to work with, real estate agents occasionally encounter those who inadvertently or purposely cross the line. Here are a few straightforward guidelines you may follow while looking for a property to maintain a positive relationship with your agent.
- Understand That Agents Are Based on Commission
The majority of real estate brokers receive a commission. Agents are not compensated if they fail to complete a transaction. Agents are therefore generally very driven to work hard for you.
- Remain on time and keep appointments
Recognize that your agent is dealing with other clients as well as potential clients. They should be able to assist you in a timely manner, but you should be aware that you won’t always be at the top of their list of priorities. Please keep note of any appointments you have with your agent because their time is valuable.
- Choosing a Real Estate Agent
To ensure that you work with an agency you are comfortable with, you should feel free to interview a number of them. You should also make it obvious to each agent that you are currently in the interview phase. Never conduct interviews with more than one real estate agent from the same agency. Even though many brokers work together harmoniously, there may be office politics that you are not aware of that might make buying a home more challenging than it needs to be.
- If you are working with a buying agent, do not contact the listing agent
The seller, not the buyer, is the client of listing agents. If you choose to work with the listing agent of the property you ultimately decide to purchase as your agent, that agent will now be engaged in dual agency, which creates a conflict of interest for the agent. The work of a buying agent is not something that listing agents desire to undertake. Avoid attempting to communicate directly with the listing agent; instead, let your agent handle the matter.