5 Things Your Realtor® Wishes You Wouldn’t Do

When it comes to buying a home, your realtor® is your biggest asset. From organizing listings that meet your criteria, writing offers, negotiating on your behalf, and guiding you through the whole process of purchasing a home, the last thing you want to do is upset your realtor®. While they are there to work for you, here are a few things that your agent most likely wishes you wouldn’t do.

#1 Judging a House Based Off of Aesthetics

Hate the color of the living room? Is the carpet outdated? Maybe the home décor doesn’t appeal to you. These are all examples of different aesthetics, all of which can be easily changed after the home sale closes. As difficult as it might be, try not to judge a home just because of the aesthetics, but rather pay attention to things like the location, floor plan, price, flow of the home, school districts, lot size, etc. Aesthetics are easily changed; locations and floor plans are not.

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#2 Getting Too Comfortable

While having a great relationship with your realtor® isn’t bad, you want to watch how comfortable you get in a professional setting. For example, when touring a home, try to keep remarks to yourself until you’re out of the house. The last thing you want to do is make jokes about the home to your agent or complain about the cleanliness of the home only to find out that the listing agent heard your comments and relayed them to the seller, thus hurting your chances to have an offer accepted should you wish to purchase the house.

#3 Taking Too Much Time to Think

This is a huge pet peeve for many realtors® in today’s market as homes are selling FAST. While you don’t want to put an offer on every home you see, if you truly love the home and want to put in an offer, the waiting game is not a good option.

#4 Lowballing the Seller

Your realtor® works for you, and because of that, they are required to write the offers you want to place. Low-balling the seller whether with the first offer or a counteroffer can make both you and your agent look bad, generally resulting in your offer being thrown out and not considered.

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#5 Taking Matters into Your Own Hands

Regardless of how personable you may be, let your agent do the talking and haggling. While small talk with the listing agent isn’t frowned upon, you should never joke or haggle the sale price, or try and negotiate any terms of a sale with the listing agent or the seller on your own. Your agent is a trained professional who knows how to handle negotiations, discuss any corners with them and they’ll be able to handle the rest.

If you’re currently searching for a new home and are in need of an experienced realtor®, are ready to sell your home and need a qualified seller’s agent to assist you, or if you have any further questions regarding Arizona Real Estate, please feel free to contact our office at any time.

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