Shopping for a home is extremely stressful and oftentimes ends up being a lengthy process. Because of this, you’ll want to make sure you have a good relationship with your real estate agent. They are, after all, your most valuable asset in the home buying process. Since this is the case, it’s important that you learn about some of the things homebuyers do that could end up rubbing their realtors the wrong way. Maintain your good relationship by avoiding the following buyer faux pas (they’re more common than you’d think).
1. Caring Too Much About How the Home Currently Looks
It’s easy to get caught up in a home’s aesthetics by placing all the worth on how it looks in the here and now… but you should avoid doing so. A home’s current aesthetic could easily change when you take over. A realtor may lose patience if you put too much weight on these surface level issues and reject a home because of easily remedied problems.
2. Vocalizing Your Criticisms
Becoming comfortable and speaking your mind too freely could get you into trouble. Negative comments on seller’s home and decor are ill-advised. Even if you think you’re speaking quietly, keep the critiquing for when you’re alone and outside of the prospective house. These comments could ultimately be the downfall of a sale.
3. Not Catering to the Seller
Since the seller chooses you in the home buying business, you’ll want to cater to their motivations. Are they monetarily driven or do they just want to see how enthusiastic you are about the space they’re leaving behind? Your real estate agent is here to help you figure out what the seller is looking for and how you should cater to this. This doesn’t mean you should be disingenuous for the sake of a sale, but if you ignore what they’re looking for, they might not care to make the transaction with you. Act with only your best interests in mind and you could be sacrificing a new home.
4. Speaking Without Your Agent Present
Speaking to the listing agent without your real estate agent present could land you in hot water. Even if you don’t see it as an issue, you could accidentally divulge information that could lose you leverage in the buying game. You have a real estate agent who’s skilled in the process and understands the listing agent’s motivations — so use them as a resource and listen to the advice they give. This is no insult to you, they’re just seasoned in the process and know what’s best.