What to Avoid When Looking For a Real Estate Agent

Posted by Justin Havre on Monday, October 7th, 2019 at 10:40am.

Agent Warning Signs You Should KnowAll Glenmore home buyers and sellers need to work with a real estate agent. However, many buyers and sellers may not know when to start when looking for the agent who is right for them. Every agent is different, and there are agents who will be a good match for a buyer or seller, and there are agents who will be a bad match—it’s just a matter of determining which is which. Here are some important red flags everyone needs to know about before hiring an agent.

The Agent Works Part-Time

Like any job, in order to truly be an expert, the worker needs to do the job all the time—not just on weekends or when they’re free. Being a real estate agent is a profession that requires a lot of time and effort to learn. If an agent says they only work part-time, this should set off a big red flag. If a real estate agent has to dedicate half of their time to another job or obligation, they don’t have enough time to take care of their clients properly. When looking for an agent, the first thing to do is always make sure the agent works full time. 

Agents Who Make Unrealistic Claims

During the home selling process, every seller wants to get the most money possible. Agents understand this and want to help their clients achieve that, but there’s only so much that can be done to actually get the money. However, some agents will use this to their advantage by giving sellers an estimate that is far more than any other agent in hope to get the seller’s business. If the seller signs with them, the agent can still put the home up for the promised amount, but it will stagnate and get no traction. Or, the agent will try talking the seller into a lower price after the fact, effectively tricking the seller into signing with them.

Agents With No Past Clients or Reviews

A good way to see if an agent is worth the time is by reading reviews left by past clients. Usually, it’s easy to find these as agents like to showcase them because reviews are effectively free advertising—and word-of-mouth is the best type of advertising. If it’s difficult to find reviews for an agent, or they seem to be nonexistent, it can be a bad sign. It can mean that the agent either just started or they find it difficult to get good reviews to showcase. Try looking on unaffiliated agent review websites in order to look for genuine reviews.

Agents Who Only Work With Certain Homes

In real estate, it isn’t uncommon for an agent to have a certain niche that they work within. When researching different agents to hire, it’s up to the buyer or seller to find if every agent has a specialty or not. Some agents may openly state that they exclusively work with single-family homes, but it may not be as clear with others. Having a specialty isn’t a bad thing, but it can be a time waster if the prospective client goes through all the time researching and interviewing only to discover that the agent doesn’t work with their property type.

Finding the right agent is the most important part of buying or selling a home. The right agent will be the difference between just buying or selling a home and having a great experience buying or selling a home.

Justin Havre

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