Stop your home search, start your buyer agent search! If you are not getting results, find a better agent.
In the seller’s market, working with a hard working competent buyers agent is necessary in order to buy a property at the right price.
Yet many buyers are failing at securing a home, and buyers are getting caught up in the stressful and intense market.
Here are three signs your buyers agent may not be your ideal advocate, and perhaps it’s time to switch.
1. Your agent is waiting to see what comes up on MLS. If this is the only strategy employed to find a home, that’s not enough in the hot real estate markets such as Brookline and Newton. Whether working with property investors or home buyers, a buyer’s agent can do other things to look for the right property, including networking and sending mailings to neighborhoods.
2. Your agent is not asking hard questions. Your agent should ask you questions that force you to examine your price range, timing and every possible angle of the home buying decisions. An experienced agent knows buyers don’t always buy what they say they will. Such an agent thinks outside the criteria you have, finding alternatives, and presenting options and possibilities.
3. Your agent does not prepare you for the market and set expectations. You should know what to expect when you are ready to make an offer, and be prepared for rejections. When you choose a home you like is NOT the time for your primary real estate education. You must be ready to go. Finding the right home is the last step of the home search process, not the first.
Don’t get stuck with a buyers agent who isn’t servicing you. If buying a home is important, do it right or expect it will go terribly wrong.