When buying a home, the last thing you want to do is make your agent’s job harder.
Anyone who has ever done it before can tell you that buying a home is no walk in the park. More often than not, it is a long, drawn-out process that can cause lots of stress and anxiety. Naturally, throughout this process your agent is your ally, so if you can at all help it, you should try and make their life as easy as possible. These four ‘don’ts’ will help you navigate the home-buying process without creating unnecessary issues.
DON’T plan a secret price swap. Be upfront about your intentions. Planning to negotiate the price down before the home inspection but after you have already made a deal is a surefire way to make your agent’s life difficult, and complicate a deal.
DON’T make unjustifiable lowball offers. Unjustified low offers made by sellers who are just hunting for a good deal are normally just a waste of everyone’s time. In fact, making such a low offer will often convince the seller to lower the price a little, making room for other buyers. Wheeling and dealing is one thing, but trying to take advantage is quite another.
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DON’T ask for too much time during the showing. If you look at a house, and are interested, it is reasonable to check it out once or twice and take measurements. Bringing in everyone from your in-laws to your acupuncturist to check out the property, or going over it all inch-by-inch on the first viewing is just going to lead to frustration.
DON’T start looking until you are almost ready to buy. Homebuyers who start looking and demanding lots of attention when they have no real interest in buying for a year or two aren’t really playing fair. After all, an agent works on commission so getting him or her to research permits or make requests just because you are curious doesn’t do anyone any good.
At the end of the day, your agent is there to help you buy the house of your dreams, so treating them with dignity and respect is the proper way to conduct yourself when buying a home.[ via ] [ via ]