The life of a real estate agent isn’t all fun and games. Like any other job, it has its share of challenges and triumphs. But there are still some things we wish our clients knew in order to make the buying or selling journey much easier.
Personal Relationships Should Not Determine Your Choice
You may have a relative or friend who has a real estate license, but there is a big difference between top real-estate agents and part-time agents. Top agents have years of experience to their advantage as well as contacts in the industry to help provide you the best support you could get. If your relative or friend has the credentials and performance to back them up, then go right ahead and hire them. But choosing your real estate agent shouldn’t just hinge on personal relationships: make sure your realtor is someone you trust, has experience, and knows the market you’re in.
You Need to Involve Us
There’s a reason why you got a real estate agent: There are some aspects of the buying and selling process that needs to be set in stone. It’s important, therefore, to avoid speaking to the buyer or seller without your agent present. There is little that can be actually be negotiated verbally, and there should be as little or no direct communication between buyer and seller unless one or both agents are present. That way, any line item you or the other party has agreed upon can be made official.
It’s Not Going to Happen Instantly
Whether you’re on the lookout for your dream home, or selling your current one, keep in mind that it might not happen as soon as you’d like. With a competitive market, keeping realistic expectations and being flexible when it comes to your choices will go a long way towards a more positive home buying or selling experience.
We Need Full Disclosure
If you’re selling your home, your real estate agent needs to be aware of all potential areas of concern, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem to you. At the very least, we can help you input the information in the seller’s disclosure, or even help to write up the right offer. We also need to know all the parties who may need to be involved in the buying or selling process. If there’s someone who needs to co-sign your housing loan, or if the house you’re selling is co-owned by a parent or sibling, then it’s something you need to be upfront about.
Don’t Overlook the Little Things
If you’re still living in your house while waiting for the right buyer, it can be so easy to procrastinate on the little details, like keeping the carpet clean or the bed made. But the truth is a buyer needs to walk in to a showroom-ready home if you want to make a good and lasting impression. No one wants to walk into a house with dirty laundry on the floors, and even personal photographs on the walls can affect your potential buyer’s first impression.
The process of buying or selling can be stressful, and no one knows that more than we do! There is much time and energy we invest in each process, so we understand you and feel as excited as you when the transaction is complete. We also know the heartbreak if something falls through. Bottom line: we are on your side and consider your wins and losses also our own.
We Are Here to Help
At any given time, buying or selling a home can become very emotional. Add the fact that there are multiple stages involved, from getting pre-approval, to staging, to drawing up contracts and finalizing the paperwork, and it can start to become confusing. But this is precisely the reason why you hired an agent in the first place: We are here to try and make your experience as easy and seamless as possible. You just need to allow us to be there to guide and help you.