1) Trust and HonestyÂ
When you initially contact an agent, start off explaining your situation truthfully. There is an old saying in the business "Buyers Are Liars". Several people exaggerate their income, debt and credit scores when they actually don't have the ability to qualify for a mortgage loan. Save yourself the embarrassment...the truth will come out once the loan officer pulls your credit and ask for your bank statements. Once you have a trust bond and show that you are serious, your agent will stand by you and connect you with professionals to help build your credit and budget your income. If that trust is broken, your agent may not take you seriously and invest their time into their more serious prospects.
Not responding to emails, text or phone calls when your agent is trying to get in contact with you is wrong on so many levels. Disappearing or M.I.A. in the middle of a transaction is a sure way to lose a deal. Make yourself available throughout the home buying process because there are deadlines to be met and documents to be signed and if you're not available this can make or break a deal. This puts your agent if a very bad space when the seller is demanding a response within a set time frame. I understand that things come up and you may not be able to talk on the phone but sending a quick text or email to respond to a question is not too much to ask of you.
Your agent is licensed and trained so start off knowing that they are working on your behalf. Don't hire an agent then question their capabilities to get the job done. Try not to jump online and begin to work harder than your agent. If you have provided your agent with a "wish list" and the area you would like to live in, they will find the home. Real estate agents do not know every inch of the market but they have the resources to find the answers.
Also, respect your agents time. They have to balance their time for family, friends and work just like you do so make sure you ask their work hours. I'm personally in bed by 9:30pm (I know I know...I have my Betty White moments) so when I receive a call at 10:30pm from a client asking about a property, they are not respecting my time. Only call your agent during their work hours unless they have given you permission to call late. Waiting until the following business day or sending an email is the best route.
I hope these few little real estate tips will help you when you are ready to buy or sell!