Most complaints in the real estate industry are from buyers, about being mistreated and not given a chance to buy based on poor service by the agent. But here’s the thing, an agent’s time is divided up into so many tasks throughout each day that finding time to do everything can be hard, so we prioritise. This means that our energies will be put into people that are going to be dollar productive for our clients and for us. I understand that this sounds a little wrong, but it’s the truth and generally there’s no time to waste on tyre kickers.
As a buyer, you want to ensure you get the agent following you up and keeping you informed with properties that you like or other properties that may be suitable. In order to get the agent working for you, you will need to give them some incentive, it’s actually doesn’t take much, it’s called communicating. If you communicate to the agent that you are ready to buy, your finance is in place, you’ve sold your property, you’re selling a property and anything else that will give them a better understanding on where you stand. Then the agent will most likely have you on a short list of buyers worthy to view off market opportunities or first right to purchase your next dream home.
Buyers we know are ready to purchase immediately are always great to get a few quick transactions. If an agent knows exactly how much you’ve got to spend, what you’re looking for and where, then you will potentially have the agent contacting you more than you would ever think. Don’t get me wrong, the agent isn’t working for you, they are still there to get the best price for the vendor, but what they are doing is keeping you really informed with interested properties and up and coming properties.
I’ve always found full disclosure and honesty are the best methods to take when searching for a property. This can lessen you time looking while you have a constant amount of contact from agents trying to sell you something. It may get a little annoying after a while, though you just might find the perfect property from the next call or email.
The following advice is of a general nature and intended as an opinion and broad guide. For all legal, financial or real estate advice you should obtain independent professional advice to do with the specific nature of your circumstances before making any legal, financial or real estate decisions.