Real Estate ProtocolReal Estate is often a hot topic, and we're often asked if there are etiquette guidelines for working with Real Estate Agents. This is one of the most important decisions you will make for the comfort of your family, and your future investment.
For many people, dealing with real estate can be a stressful time and this is often why many people turn to a Real Estate Agent for help.
RE/Max Real Estate Agents can identify homes best suited for you. Real Estate purchases can be complex, so to be effective, the relationship between a Real Estate Agent and client must be based on mutual respect and trust, which is the essence of good etiquette.
A good Realtor works as a "team" member to help provide a smooth, successful, stress-free experience. Since Realtors are paid only when a sale occurs, they are putting their faith in their clients to follow through with their arrangement. It is very poor etiquette to engage a Realtor to identify suitable homes, provide their expertise and advice, and then to take the actual business to someone else.
We offer thes tips toward an effective working relationship with your RE/Max agent that is based on trust and respect:
- Ask questions and express any concerns you have about the process. In other words, communicate. If there is a problem, give the agent an opportunity to make adjustments and resolve the issue.
- If an agent is not working out, dissolve the arrangement before you engage another agent.
- Work with only one real estate professional at a time.
- Be upfront with the agent and clearly communicate your requirements, limitations, and desires.
- Call your RE/Max agent when you have additional questions or concerns that need to be addressed
- Ask your friends and business associates for recommendations.
- Check the reputation of the brokerage firm.
- Go to several open houses and talk to the agents. You may find someone you would like to work with.
- Look for an agent who is familiar with the area you want to live in; Note “For Sale” signs in prospective neighborhoods and the name of the representing agent.
- When you meet a Realtor©, how do you feel? Does the agent listen to your needs and seem genuinely interested in helping you find the right home or get the best price for your property?
- Verify the Realtor’s track record.
- Ask questions about the housing market and financing options.
- Ask the Realtor bluntly what he/she will do for you.