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Real Estate Etiquette for Buyers

Real Estate Etiquette for Buyers

As if buying a new home is not stressful enough, there are rules, many of them unspoken, when it comes to working with a real estate agent. If you have ever been on the wrong side of an agent, you know they can make or break a deal. Somethings are a given: be punctual, don’t check out a home you know you cannot afford, and don’t be a jerk. These are things most anyone in the market for a new home knows. However, have you ever wondered why a real estate agent seems to be annoyed with you? Everything seems to be fine on your end, but somehow something you did isn’t sitting well with them. A Mother’s Touch Movers may not be a licensed realtor but we do know a thing or two about moving families. We have been around in Brevard County long enough to know that a poor experience with a realty company can spell disaster on their end. We also want our clients to have a positive experience during what can be a really stressful time. Read on for some great tips on how to stay in the good graces of your real estate agent…and when to seek out someone new.

Thebalance.com, a website providing information on all things real estate, has a few things to say to buyers. First and foremost, buyers need to know that real estate agents work on commission. They do a lot of work on your behalf, however, they are not at your beck and call.

Choose an agent to represent you. Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions you will likely make, so it pays to interview several agents and decide on the right match for you. One thing you do not want to do is consider more than one agent from a single agency. Technically, there is nothing wrong with this but doing so can cause major in-house drama. Once you choose an agent, you will sign a buyer agreement with them. This creates a formal working relationship between you and the agent. It states that they represent you and lays out specific timelines.

You should also know that the agent representing potential properties is called the listing agent. They do not work for you. It is their job to sell the home and get the best price for the buyer. However, if you call the listing agent and ask to see a property, things can get dicey. They may have cause to request commission from you if you decide to buy the home because they were the first ones to show it to you. When in doubt, consult your buying agent before you call the number on a for sale sign.

Be honest about your situation. This is crucial when it comes to viewing potential properties. If you are not really in the market for a new home but rather curious about a particular home, say so. It never pays to waste an agents time. On the flip side, if you are serious about relocating, go ahead and get pre-approved for a loan from the bank. This shows sellers that you are serious about purchasing their home and gives you a leg up on the competition. Don’t ask to continually view properties that you are not interested in buying. Save the repeat visits for homes you are seriously considering. It is a courtesy to the current homeowners and the agents involved as well.

When you do find your perfect home, remember to call A Mother’s Touch Movers so your transition into your new Brevard County home can go as smoothly as possible!

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