Picking a realtor isn’t a decision that should be taken lightly. Too many people pick randomly and then they complain that they could have got better properties.
You can make the most out of your money if you have the right person on your side. So don’t rush things and don’t go for the first person that you stumble upon. It might cost you thousands of dollars.
Without further ado, here are the most common mistakes when choosing a realtor:
– Going for the one with the lowest commission.
Don’t try to find bargains here and people who will work for peanuts. The real estate market is a very serious business and, as in any other field of activity, it takes years to get really good at it.
Great professionals won’t have the lowest commission possible available on the market. They will use skills, knowledge and experience in order to provide the best services. Also, they will invest as much time as necessary in order to ensure customer satisfaction.
– Don’t rely on your judgment of character.
References and previous experience should be the only matters that you should be interested in. The relator has to be skillful and competent.
Realtors with poor experience will go the extra mile to compensate their lack of results by being very likeable. This is not how things should go.
Enthusiasm and the willingness to invest extra efforts is appreciated, but don’t rely on your judgment alone. Look for references and see whether that realtor can really stay true to his word.
– Going straight to someone you know.
This is a mistake that might strike a chord. Buying or selling any kind of property is a business transaction. Don’t be fooled into thinking that someone you know is automatically highly competent. This applies even if we are talking about friends or family members.
Keep your standards high and only allow a reputable relator to handle your needs. It might seem tough to explain this to your relative or acquaintance, but everyone has to understand that at the end of the day, this is a business decision, which shouldn’t be based on feelings and emotions.
Also, if by any chance something goes wrong in that transaction, the risk to damage your relationship is much higher than skipping the family deal and looking for the best realtor in this field of activity. It is pretty common for both parties to be dissatisfied and to get into unnecessary fights when family is mixed with business.