Buying a home is inevitably stressful. It typically takes several months before you land on the home you want, at the price you can afford. Real estate agents can assist you in finding the home of your dreams, but it’s best not to take advantage of them since you don’t have to pay them for their time in showing properties. Some people require little from the real estate agent, while others make it difficult for them to get the job done. While it can be easy to be choosy when making this huge purchase, it’s important to be courteous to your real estate agent during this process.
Demanding a lot of attention early on
If you’re trying to purchase your first home, it’s understandable that you will have a lot of questions and need some additional help that a person buying their third home won’t need. If you’re not ready to buy a home and start taking up a lot of the agent’s time with requests and information that they will need to research, that’s not fair. A real estate agent often has several clients they are working with, and if you’re not ready to buy a home in the near future, don’t flood an agent’s inbox with requests on properties you don’t have any intention on buying.
Making ridiculous counter offers
Everyone loves a deal, but when you make a counteroffer that is not realistic, it can be a waste of your agent’s and the seller’s time. If the home you’re interested in is $500,000 and you make an offer of $350,000, there’s no way this will be accepted by the seller. Just because you want the house at a deep discount, doesn’t mean it is reasonable. Even if the seller is desperate to sell, they likely won’t go down in price by a hundred thousand dollars or more.
Going around the agent
Speaking of making counter offers, if you want to counter a price, always go through the real estate agent you’re working with. Sometimes, potential buyers will go around the agent and straight to the seller to make a counter offer. Not only is this sending a bad message to the agent, it is likely to make the seller uncomfortable too.
Not being consistent with what you want
Decide early on what it is you’re looking for in a house, and what features are most important to you. Communicating these needs with your agent will help you find the property you want to invest in, but try and be consistent with what it is you’re looking for. It’s fine to decide that some features might not be as important to you later in the process, but constantly switching your preferences will only lengthen and complicate the buying process.