TIME FOR ANOTHER REALTOR WORLD GUEST POST: BY TIME PASSMORE FROM TARTER REALTY, AUCTION & APPRAISAL COMPANY IN WINCHESTER, IN.:
Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions that most people will make in their lifetime, both financially and emotionally. A mistake during this process can lead to long–term negative ramifications, which may be very hard to overcome.
One of the most important steps that a potential home buyer can take, is finding a real estate agent which has the buyer’s best interest in mind. Here are five possible “red flags” that indicate an agent may not have the buyer’s best interest in mind:
1. My agent only shows me homes which he/she has listed or only homes listed by their company.
2. My agent doesn’t seem to have time to meet with me to answer questions, go over forms or do paperwork. They want to do everything via text or email.
3. My agent only shows me properties at the top of my budget and never mentions incidental expenses that might arise as part of home ownership.
4. My agent only emphasizes the positives of homes when they are showing them to me. They never point out areas of concern.
5. My agent doesn’t ask about my long term goals and doesn’t talk with me about the ease or difficulty of resale if that would ever become necessary.