If you’ve been in the industry long enough (or even for a short time) you’ve probably been on the wrong end of a flippant comment or something has been said to you that’s rubbed you the wrong way. Unfortunately, in the world of real estate many don’t understand just how big of an asset having an agent provides until they’re trying to purchase or sell a house on their own.
We’ve put together our list of 5 things clients should never say to a real estate agent. Do you have examples of your own? Connect with us on social and help us add to our list in the comments!
- “I’m still shopping around and not ready to commit to one agent.”
Having commitment issues is no fun in any relationship, not even the relationship between a client and agent. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize the amount of work and time agents put into scheduling and showing home listings.
- “That’s not what it says on Zillow.”
Zillow is a great preliminary tool, but a professional agent can provide a comparative marketing analysis that is significantly more accurate.
- “I’m not ready to get pre-approved for a mortgage.”
Pre- approvals are important for a number of reasons. They show prospective sellers that you’re a serious candidate and gives the seller confidence in your ability to obtain a loan. They also give your agent confidence in your commitment before they invest countless hours helping you find your next home.
- “I want to do a FSBO, I just want some advice.”
Just “picking your brain,” is the nice way of telling professionals you want their help and knowledge for free. Not to mention, advising how to sell a home isn’t a one size fits all type of scenario. Agents do this for a living; if you want their help, pay them.
- “I’d love to get payed to look at pretty houses all day.”
Trivializing anyone’s profession should always be a big no-no! Agents do a lot of back end and front end work. Seeing pretty houses is just a perk on top of all of the other tasks they perform.