Just a side note/more background to those who commented on the CMA, I expected this to be done after I narrowed it down to two homes and at that point I had to ask for it.
Tell the agent your concerns and see if you can work it out. If they don't know what is bothering you they can't adjust - honesty is usually the best policy. If they get offended and can't adjust to your requirements ask to have your contract cancelled or interview other agents in the brokerage if they won't let you out of the buyer's representation contract. Personally, I let people out of their contracts whether on the selling or buyer's side because I consider it bad customer service to force people to stay when they don't want to. In the long run does more harm to your reputation than it's worth, but that is my personal business practice.
If you can't meet half way - thank them for their time and find someone that you are more comfortable with and is in sync with your style. Good Luck!
When you connect with a Realtor, and experienced area Realtor, once of the very BEST things to do is
go out to see some properties, one or two times, let the Realtor know what you expect, this will give
both sides the opportunity to adjust to each others needs, at that time the Realtor also can tell you
how he works with Buyers, and you can even ask if they like to work with buyers, some do and some don't.....
Many very professional Realtors will sit down with their brand new buyers, discuss all the essentials, from financing, their needs, neighborhoods near work or near transportation, style of home and soooo much more and it will include how they work for them, what information they provide and
what additional information they will get for them if and when seriously interested in a property....
And usually at that time, the Buyers Agent will ask the Buyers to sign an Exclusive Representation Agreement, this will solidify the relationship between the Realtor and the buyers, and that way
your Realtor is sure, that if and when you find the right property with him or her, that he will get
paid (usually from the sellers side) i.e. the buyers agent services will be free to you, but your
commitment to just working with this ONE Realtor is essential....
When it comes to all kinds of details on a property, especially when you are still just thinking about it, requires a lot of extra work and sometimes expenses for the Realtor to get for you, so make sure
that when you request additional detailed information, that you are actually SERIOUS about the property once you sit down with your Realtor to discuss what to offer, when to close, then the
Realtor will gladly get you additional information, just think about it will be a lot of add. work if
you need details for each and every property, so concentrate with your Relator on the ones you
are ready to make an offer, and you are pre-approved for.....
And I agree if bumping into another potentially interested client, you do not want your Realtor to lose out on business, being polite and giving others his or her biz card is fine, so that they can
contact him or her later on ---- answering detailed question and ignoring you on the other hand
is probably bad "customer service" but then you should have good enough of a relationship with
YOUR Realtor to get his attention and telling him that you are in a hurry to finish the showing......
Hope this helps a little to think about either sitting down with your current agent to solidify the relationship and to agree on services rendered etc. or to decide to work with another agent,
unless you signed a buyer representation agreement with the first, you could then ask the
Managing broker of that office to assign you another Buyers Agent if you feel strongly about it.
Good Luck to you, if you need a recommendation for a local Realtor, get back to us here and we
gladly make some good recommendations.
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However, I do think you have to be in sync with your agent. If you are not comfortable, then tell him or her.
Home buying and the relationship with your Realtor is like any relationship in life. It's a two way street and both parties have to be comfortable with this partnership. As long as you have not signed an exclusive agreement with an agent and their brokerage you always have options.
If you do wind up interviewing agents I would be happy to tell you how I work with buyers and pass along the information of my last few clients.....a few of them in Woodridge.
Customer service is #1 difference between a decent agent and a great agent. When working with a great agent you should feel like you are their only client even though you know they have others. Questions should be answered and not guessed at. Facts should be provided and taken seriously. What is important to you and your future is unique to you so all questions, large and small, should be taken seriously.
If you get to a point where you are reaching out to agents to see if you can get a better feel I would invite you to set aside 5 minutes to talk with me. If you don't feel good about our conversation after 5 minutes then at least you'll walk away with a few home buying tips.
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