A handy guide.
Home buyers have responsibilities too. Here are things you can do to help your agent help you.
- Get pre-approved by a lending institution.
You won’t waste your time or the agent’s looking for houses out of your price range. And you (and the sellers) will feel more confident with your offer.
- Communicate with your agent.
Let them know what you like, and don’t like, about the houses you see. It will help your agent find you the right house more quickly.
- Think seriously about your wants and needs.
It’s hard to find exactly what you need if you’re not exactly sure what you’re looking for. Determine which items are most important to you.
- Be honest with your agent.
Are you working with multiple agents? Let them know, so their efforts won’t overlap, wasting everyone’s time. It also prevents uncomfortable situations about who is involved in the transaction.
- Disclose that you’re working with a buyer’s agent.
If you are inquiring directly about a listing from a seller’s agent, this is information that should be immediately revealed.
- Don’t ask your agent to do anything illegal.
This includes obvious issues related to fraud or deception.
- Loyalty goes a long way.
Find an agent that you respect, and consider working exclusively with them. If you see a property you’re interested in, let them inquire for you. Your agent will work harder for you, and you’ll benefit from a more trusting relationship.
- Be considerate of everyone’s time
Don’t keep your agent or the seller’s agent waiting on appointments–it’s not polite, and can throw the whole day’s schedule off. Agents don’t get paid for their efforts until a house sale is finalized, so don’t waste hours of their time if you’re not seriously looking. Let them make the offer of their time if you’re just curious.
- Cooperate with your agent.
Don’t judge listings just by looking at the MLS sheets. Don’t judge a house just from a drive-by. If you made an appointment, but don’t like the exterior, at least do a cursory walk-thru. Fill out any necessary paperwork in a timely manner. Work with your agent to make sure everything’s ready for your closing.