Your real-estate agent may stand to make a nice commission off you, but that's no reason to take him for granted. After all, the agent is working for you — as in, on your behalf. If inspired, he can think creatively and act quickly — for you. He can negotiate wisely and fiercely — for you. Or not. Your choice.
Yes, agents are professionals. Yes, they should do the best job, regardless. But remember: We're all human. For best results, treat kindly. So what should house hunters avoid doing to keep agents from clenching their clipboards in frustration? We asked a few, and put together a list of "don'ts."
Please don't turn into an all-knowing insta-expert just because you have an Internet connection.
Please don't eat up your agent's time with unresolved personal arguments.
Please don't accuse the agent of sabotage.
On one level, it's natural to be suspicious of someone who will profit off your purchase. Won't the agent be eager to make a sale regardless of problems? But let's pause right here. A little understanding about the agent's job can help. First, know that real-estate agents are not clairvoyant. Communication is the key to any relationship.
Please don't mistake the agent for your parent.
Real-estate agents often find themselves in the role of counselor. After all, buying a house is a big and scary move. Just don't take it too far.
Please don't refuse to believe the agent might know something.
Put yourself in this agent's shoes: nobody has to look over your shoulder for you to get your job done right. An agent is dedicated to their profession in your best interest. Best course: Be specific in your needs, and then trust your agent to fulfill them.
Please don't think you can get a better deal — a much, much, much, better deal.
Shopping agents to play one against the other is a cheap car buyer’s tactic. If all you are worried about is 1% or 1.5% less on the commission think about this: an agent with any self respect and sales skill will get up and walk out. what is the seller left with, a weak, desperate agent unable to do the best job for the seller. When you go out to eat weather the service is good or bad, traditionally your server will receive a 15%-20% tip.
Please don't two-time your agent.
Real-estate agents don't get a dime until they make a sale. They put in the hours, spend weekends and evenings showing homes, all in exchange for that one-day-it-will-come commission check. When you hire an agent…hire them. Consulting multitudes of other agents, friend and family put you and your agent in a poor selling position.