Hadley Homebuyer Learns How NOT to Select an Agent
Hadley Homebuyer is open house shopping with her friend Sally, who recently bought her first home. As they drive to the next house on their list, Hadley questions Sally on her process in selecting the agent who represented her in that transaction. “How did you find your agent, Sally?” she asked, “And weren’t you unhappy with her?”
“I was,” admitted Sally. “She was very inexperienced and unable to answer most of my questions.” We found her by calling the main office of the Big Company that has a lot of the listings in our area. I guess she was the one ’on duty’ that day.”
“You didn’t ask for a meeting so you could assess her abilities and see if you felt comfortable with her?” asked Sally. “I think I read somewhere that is a good idea.” “No, because we were anxious to get out to see the houses we had found on line. That is actually the only part I liked about the whole process”, admitted Sally. “The rest was just awful!”
Time out to suggest some good ways to select an agent.
• Learn what types of services besides opening doors the good agents provide
• Find an agent who has won awards, serves on the local real estate board, or has other special qualifications that meet your needs
• Interview a few agents to see how their approaches differ and see which type fits your personality
• Aim for well-educated, experienced agents with a good base of satisfied clients-call the references!
Hadley, being a sensitive friend, showed concern over Sally’s remarks about the stress of the home buying process. “Gee, Sally, I am sorry you had such a bad experience. I hope I can figure out a better way to buy a house. Speaking of which, this is the next one we wanted to see, right? Why is there no sign out front? Do you think we should go knock on the door?” “I don’t have a clue,” admitted Sally. “I guess we can just go in.”
As the young women try the door knob, someone opens the door with a flourish, exclaiming: “What are you doing? The open house was cancelled. We have an offer on the house. Our agent updated the MLS last night”. “Oh, sorry,” the two quickly answered, “We found this on-line yesterday”. They beat a quick retreat. “Sally,”, suggests Hadley, “don’t you think we should find an agent to help us? I think the information they get on the MLS is more updated than what we got.”
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