When you are planning on buying a house you want to make sure you do your part to take the buying process serious. You want to be a respectful and pleasant client for your real estate agent. Know that they are going to be doing a lot of work for you and you want to do your part to make their job as easy as possible so everything goes smoothly for the both of you. Here are tips on being a good client and doing your part to assist your real estate agent to the best of your ability:
Understand that your agent is working on commission
Once you understand that your agent is working on commission, you will know just how important it is for them to help you locate your dream home. This means you can count on them to do all they can for you, so you should return the favor and not make their job difficult. Be ethical and don't ask a real estate agent to do a lot of research or other work for you if you have any intentions of not working with them all the way through the deal.
Always show up on time
Be courteous and only set appointments with your agent that you are going to be able to make. Don't be late either, this can cause them to be late for other appointments they have set after yours. If you are going to be running a bit behind, make sure you call your agent and let them know as soon as you know.
Don't call listing agents on your own
Once you decide to work with a real estate agent, you want to tell them about a house that you found and may be interested in. Let them then call the listing agent themselves. Not only is this the proper way of doing things, but it is also the smart way. Otherwise, you can even end up saying something to the listing agent that your agent would have preferred you no tot say. The things you say can end up ruining the deal without you realizing you said anything wrong.
Ask your real estate agent about their preferred protocol for going to open houses
Your agent may prefer to go with you to open houses, or they may be fine with you attending them on your own. You should carry your agents card with you and present the card to the person hosting the open house. This lets them know that you are represented by an agent already and protects you.