Alright so here we go, you’re ready to buy a house. You’ve been saving for over a year, spent 1546352574 hours on Google finding tips and how-to’s on what you should be looking for in a house, talked to the bank, and even made a sweet Excel spreadsheet so that you won’t confuse any of the 150 properties you plan on viewing. Your friend’s, dad’s, boss’s brother is a Realtor, and you figure you can’t go wrong with someone that close to you, so you call him up and boom, you’re ready to look at houses. After meeting for the first time, you confidently layout the notes, spreadsheets, photo collages, and plan of attack on the table for all to see, and suddenly the agent turns off completely.
“Mr. & Mrs. Buyer, I’m not sure we will be the right fit to work together.”
You stop dead in your tracks. How could he?! The nerve of this asshole! No wonder the public perception of Real Estate Agents is so low. All he wants to do is find the easiest way to make fast cash. Jerk. So you pack everything up and leave, completely turned off to the whole idea of buying a home.
So I may have exaggerated a little, but the lesson is that most people don’t really know what to expect from a Realtor because they don’t deal with us on a regular basis. The scenario above is what a lot of first time homeowners feel they need to not get screwed in the process. especiall us millennials. (WOOHOO!) Previous generations don’t get us, and as a result have trouble meeting us on our turf.
We are known to research excessively, learn every detail, and become an expert before we even think about taking our thoughts public. I’m guilty too. (This is my first blog post, ever… and it’s been in the works for months.) Assuming you have a full-time job (a fair assumption since you’re buying a house), and perhaps a family, this leaves little time for you to be a Realtor also.
If you are going to go through the trouble of learning every in and out of the biz, then I love your motivation and I have a job on my team waiting for you! If that doesn’t sound appealing, then take the easy route and just find someone who you know has your best interests at heart.
Honesty and trust are key to making this professional relationship work. If you can’t trust your agent, the point person on your team, your ace, then you’re already starting out behind the 8-ball. Our job is as much about education as it is getting the deal done. Sure you want a house, but you want to know how you got there, why everything happens, and what to expect after you have the keys in your hand. Find someone who is devoted to being a badass Real Estate Agent. Hobbyists or part-timers need not apply. Find someone who has a fat rolodex of local business pros that you can call with confidence and rely on them to be honest and straight forward. Find someone you can relate too and that you feel comfortable with.
Don’t settle. You agent’s intentions should be as follows:
treat you with respect
help you find, organize, and select houses to view
show you houses
negotiate the best deal possible for you on the one you choose
manage the movement of paperwork between your Loan Officer, Attorney, and the Listing Agent
prepare you with common changes to be ready for (change utilities, drivers license, mail, etc.)
answer all questions, and make sure closing goes smooth
CELEBRATE! YOU’RE A FREAKIN’ HOME OWNER!
Make sure that the agent you choose is going to work their ass off for you, it will make all the difference. Happy hunting.
Author:David Pagano Phone: 585-233-8975 Dated: January 4th 2016 Views: 157 About David: ...
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