Looking For A Realtor – Signs to Watch out for
Looking for a realtor: Are you in the process of listing and selling your house? Perhaps you are on the hunt for a new one? Or maybe even both? Whatever it is that you’re doing, hiring a good Realtor is essential to ensure that you get the most for your money. A Realtor has the power to save you money while protecting you and saving you time during the process. If you aren’t sure if you’ve hired the right one, or you are currently in the process of hiring, here are seven warning signs to look out for to help you make the right choice.
They are never available for viewings
Is it difficult to get hold of your Realtor? Do you find that you are having to call and leave them messages over and over again? Have you missed out on what seemed like the perfect property because your Realtor wasn’t available for a viewing? If they are hard to communicate with, always seem to be away, or are only available during times that don’t work for you then this is a big red flag that you may have hired the wrong Realtor to be helping you with your big sale, or investment. If they aren’t readily available then this shows that they aren’t dedicated to you and that you cannot rely on them to show you potential listings when looking to buy your new home. If you are selling, then they also won’t be around to show your home to potential new buyers, stalling and hampering your progress, something to consider when looking for a realtor.
Their professionalism (or lack of)
In any industry, unprofessionalism is a major bad sign, and when it comes to Realtors, it’s no exception. Dressing inappropriately for meetings, showing up later for appointments, and using inappropriate language alongside poor grammar, are all big signs of unprofessionalism. If you find that your Realtor is exhibiting some of these behaviours then it’s time to start thinking about finding a replacement asap.
Poor or non-existent negotiation skills
Negotiation skills are fundamental when it comes to selling or buying a home, and is one that your Realtor should have in abundance. Your Realtor represents you in the property market, therefore, it is crucial that they can clearly, and confidently, communicate your needs and represent you to the best of their ability when handling important negotiations and transactions. Being able to negotiate well could potentially mean the difference between you saving or having to pay several thousands of dollars extra. Without this skill, your Realtor will not be able to reach a deal between either the seller or the buyer, negotiate a home inspection, or be able to make an effective counter offer. If you don’t think that your Realtor is up to scratch in the negotiation department, it is best to cut ties and find one that will be able to get you the best possible deals.
They don’t know the area very well
You could have the most reputable, professional, and experienced Realtor out there, but, unfortunately, you aren’t going to get very far if they don’t have at least a basic understanding or familiarity of the housing market within your local area. Always look to hire someone who has experience selling or buying property within the area you are looking at to get the best information and service available. Each local area’s property market is different, and sometimes these differences are huge! Working with a Realtor that understands the specifics of your area will ensure that your offers will be fair, competitive, and if you are selling your home, that the selling price is correct.
They don’t appear to be genuine
While you are looking for a Realtor to provide you with a professional service, they should also be your teammate, and the process of working together should be a collaborative one. You should feel as though you can really talk to them, that they have your genuine best interests in mind and that there is a high level of trust between the two of you. Trusting your gut is essential when choosing your Realtor so if you have a bad feeling about someone, trust those instincts and steer clear – especially if they come across as the stereotypical salesy agent. While purchasing or selling the property for a good price is the ultimate goal, the relationship you strike up with your chosen Realtor will be essential when it comes to reaching it.
They aren’t committed full time
It is becoming more and more common for people to have jobs on the side, both to indulge in a passion and to make more money. However, when it comes to your Realtor, if this is only a side gig then you may want to reconsider your choice. While granted, everyone has to start somewhere, and even those with little experience need to be given a chance, if they have another job or responsibilities that take up a great deal of their energy and focus then you are likely to end up disappointed. Ensure that you hire a Realtor who has the time to fully commit and provide you with the full attention and service that you deserve.