Habits That Drive Real Estate Agents Crazy

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Real estate agents have to put the customer first, which sometimes means biting their tongues when a buyer does or says something ridiculous. If you want to avoid annoying your real estate agent, try to steer clear of these bad habits:

Unclear communication.

It is the agent’s job to find their buyer the perfect Tampa homes for sale, but they can’t do their job without knowing exactly what the buyer needs. As a buyer, it’s up to you to make sure the agent knows everything that you’re looking for in a home, from how many bedrooms and bathrooms to where you want to live. If you change your mind after having this initial conversation, you have to make sure you take the time to update the agent with your new requirements. Otherwise, the agent will waste a lot of time looking for homes and scheduling tours of homes that you are no longer interested in because they don’t meet your updated requirements. This can drive an agent nuts, so this is a behavior that definitely needs to be avoided by all buyers.

Not making a serious offer.

Some buyers often ask their agent to put in a ridiculously low offer on a home just to see if the seller takes it. It may seem like a good idea to the buyer, but to the agent it means a ton of paperwork for an offer that will not only get rejected, but will also seem disrespectful to the seller. If you’re serious about buying a home, then make a serious offer, otherwise keep looking until you find the right fit.

Improper showing etiquette.

Agents don’t get bothered when you ask if you can see a home once, twice, even five times—but, if you don’t behave properly at these showings, that’s where the trouble starts. For example, if you bring your contractor with you to the first showing, and start walking through the home and making detailed plans on how to completely redo the entire thing, this can be annoying to agents. Wait until the second or third showing, when you know you are actually serious about buying the home, to start making these elaborate plans.

Talking to the other agent.

It’s an unspoken rule in the world of real estate that buyers should not speak to the seller’s agent, and the seller should not speak to the buyer’s agent. Breaking this unspoken rule is a sign of disrespect and may annoy both agents, not just yours. It’s important to remember that a seller’s agent does not have your best interests in mind. He is trying to get the most money out of you to please his client, so don’t think he will give you a special deal for talking to him directly. Let your agent handle the negotiation, and stay out of it until you are asked to approve or reject a counter offer.

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