Shopping for a house comes with a lot of important steps and if you’re more in tune with the tricks of the trade you can better navigate the process.
To help your real estate agent help you and to make your home search a pleasant one, consider these few tips before looking:
Be on time for appointments. A good agent probably has a fully packed schedule. They will best be able to assist if you if you arrive for appointments in a timely manner or call ahead of time when you need to reschedule.
Don’t call the listing agent if you’re working with a buyer’s agent. A listing agent works to get the best deal for their client, which is the current owner that is selling the house. Confusing the two can keep you from getting the best deal. For more on the difference between them, click here.
Practice Open House Protocol. In certain situations it is expected that you attend the open house with your Buyer’s Agent. Make sure you discuss expectations with your agent first and then allow your agent to represent you by leaving the questions to them and showing the seller your agent’s business card.
Sign a Buyer’s Broker Agreement. This will clearly lay out what you should receive from your agent and ensure the relationship will be an effective one.
Let your agent know how you want them to communicate with you and how often. Making your expectations known as a buyer allows the agent to better serve you and makes contact easier.
Don’t sign forms you don’t understand. An agent can explain information you can’t interpret on your own. To avoid being displeased with your purchase, however, you’ll want to ensure you truly agree to what you’re signing.
Leslie Smith Clarke is an award winning Fairfield County realtor with 20 years of sales experience. She knows how to communicate quickly and effectively throughout the process and has years of experience in construction and design. Contact Leslie and her team today at 203.984.1856 or visit her website for more information.