If you have and you have officially hired him/her, then prepare for the honeymoon stage to commence. But how do you establish and maintain a good relationship with your agent? Follow these tips:
We are all about an real estate agent’s trustworthiness, but we forget that trust is a two-way street. So it is also important not to break the trust of your agent on you.
Trust between client and agent should be there from the very start and should remain strong throughout the relationship.
Mutual respect is an important ingredient in having a “sweet” relationship with your real estate agent. The buying and selling process will run along smoothly if clients consider their agent a “trusted advisor.”
Don’t be a Control Freak
A good real estate agent listens to suggestions and is willing to include the client’s ideas into the advertising/marketing plan. However, clients should remember to let agents do what they know and what they are trained to do.
Call your Agent
Clients should phone their real estate agent – touching base with your agent is helpful especially if the marketing campaign has caught a snag.
Emails are popular and it is sufficient for minor issues, but these missives can be taken the wrong way because you can’t hear how it was said. Talking to your agent face to face or through phone is far more effective in certain situations.
Don’t be a Cheapskate
Expect your real estate agent to lose interest or feel unloved if you insist on your agent cutting down their commissions. Less commission could make agents rush the sale and put more pressure on you to accept low offers, instead of looking out for your interest to find the best buyer!
Agents work for free until their client’s home is sold. So if your agent performs excellently in marketing and selling your home, he/she deserves their commission.
Be On Time
Being punctual on all appointments with your real estate agent is simply common courtesy. If you can’t be present, never pull a no-show.
All relationships have their downs and this is when good listening skills can bring the relationship back on the right track. It is smart to listen to your real estate agent, even if what he/she is saying is bad or not what you want to hear. When your agent informs you that buyers are finding your price too high, don’t cover your ears, figuratively and literally, and get defensive. Hear what your agent is saying and work it out.
If you are buying a house, it is best to spill all to your real estate agent – what your requirements and limitations are – so you both don’t waste time.
Buyers tend to keep some things to themselves, such as how much they want to spend and the area where they want to buy. The agent can spend time searching for property in the price range only to learn in the end that the buyer has found and purchased in a higher price range or in a different location.
Annette Pinkerton is the Newcastle Real Estate Agent who enables you to turn the key to where you want to be!
So, what are you waiting for? Call her today 0418447856