If you are hoping to sell or buy a house with the help of a real estate agent, effective communication is the key. It makes sense to work with an agent you can feel comfortable with, but you also need to know how and when to communicate with them.
These tips will show you how to communicate effectively with your real estate agent.
1. Be clear on what you want out of the transaction
You are hiring a real estate agent to help you sell or buy a house. Therefore, you have to be clear on what you want and what you need, from the start.
For example, if you don’t tell your agent exactly what type of home you want to buy, you will be wasting their time since they will be looking for houses that don’t really interest you.
2. Be clear about your expectations
You also have to be clear about what you expect from your relationship with your real estate agent. If you want to be sure you’ll be working with an agent who will return your calls and your emails promptly, let your agent know from the start.
If your real estate agent can’t meet your expectations, maybe it would be best for you to work with a different one.
3. Ask your real estate agent about their preferred business hours
Keep in mind that your real estate agent will have expectations and preferences as well. Be sure to ask your agent to let you know their preferred business hours. Some agents will accept calls on the weekends, but others won’t.
If your agent tells you they don’t want to be disturbed after 6 PM, do not call them after this hour unless you have a very urgent emergency.
4. Ask your real estate agent about their favourite communication tools
To communicate effectively with your real estate agent, you have to use the right communication tools, and to use them properly. Ask your agent if they prefer being contacted by phone, by email, or by text message.
Even if your agent prefers being contacted by phone, be reasonable and don’t call them 6 times a day.
5. Don’t hesitate to ask questions
Your real estate agent wants to be helpful to you, so you should not hesitate to ask them questions, even if you feel like they are silly questions.
Your agent will certainly be glad to answer your questions, and it will help them figure out what they can do to serve you better. You don’t want to be working with an agent who can’t even provide you with clear answers to your questions.
6. Keep in mind your real estate agent is busy
It’s normal for you to want to feel like you are a priority for your real estate agent, but keep in mind that they are busy and that they have other clients to work with. Don’t be angry if your agent can’t return your emails right away.
If you are the only client on your agent’s list, it could mean they are just getting started in the business, or that no one wants to do business with them.
7. Don’t work with more than one agent
Finally, don’t work with more than one agent at a time. If you are reaching out to other agents and talking to them about what you’re looking for, it will certainly affect your communication with your real estate agent in a negative way.
If you would like to visit a house listed by another agent, be sure to contact your own agent first.