Real estate is one of those professions people have a lot of preconceived notions about. Below are some commonly held myths – and their realities – about working with real estate agents.
- “I shouldn’t tell my agent how much I dislike this property; I might offend them.” Actually, your honest feedback about the homes you view – even if it’s negative – is not only welcome, it’s valued. The more honest you are, the more time and energy you will save yourself and me.
- “If I work with multiple agents, I’ll find my next home that much faster” Most agents including myself use the same MLS and as such, would likely provide you with the same listings.
- “I don’t need a representative; I’m buying a brand new home.” Remember, the builder’s onsite salespeople work for the builder – it’s the builder’s best interests they’re concerned with, not yours. An agent can be valuable to you in modifying the builder’s contract for your protection, negotiating pricing and upgrades, protecting you against the builder’s liens, and more.
- “I’ll save money by not hiring a real estate agent to help me with my next home purchase." On the contrary, with representation you’re less likely to overpay for a home, as a real estate agent we have access to information (comparables) that will help you determine what you should be paying for a property, and we are experts at negotiating the best deal.