If you are in the market for a new home, you are probably dealing with a real estate agent or two. Proper etiquette for working with an agent is different when you are the buyer than it is for the seller. Here are a few things you need to keep in mind so you get the best help and service possible and do not end up having a bunch of agents unwilling to work with you.
Use Only One Agent
While it can be tempting to call the different agents who have houses listed you are interested in, this is not proper etiquette. If you have already met with one agent to see a home, contact him or her to get the specifics and arrange a viewing of other houses you want to see. This ensures that the agent works hard to help you find your dream home. In addition, this agent will not have a conflict of interest in the deal. If you contact the listing agent, you will be working with someone who was hired by the seller. He or she has to work on the seller's behalf. If you are trying to get a lower price or special concessions in the sale, this agent is not the one you want. You want an agent who is working for you, and you alone in the deal.
Keep Your Appointments
A real estate agent works on commission. He or she does not have time to sit around waiting for you to show up late or not at all. If you want to have the best, professional treatment from the agent, treat him or her with respect and professionalism. Do not waste his or her time looking at homes you know are out of your price range or that you have no interest in actually buying just because it looks cool in the pictures.
Be Honest About Your Financial Situation
Some agents will begin to work with you based on what you tell them about your finances. Some may not take you to see homes until you have been at least prequalified by a lender. Others will wait until a lender has actually approved you for a specific loan amount. No matter what situation, when you first meet with the real estate agent be honest and upfront about your finances. It would be best if you had a credit report from one of the major reporting agencies with you when you first meet.
Real estate agents are personable and knowledgeable. You may discover a lot of important information about a home when you visit it with an agent. The better you treat them, the better you house-hunting experience will be. You may even find yourself making a new friend for after the sale is complete.