My Biggest Regret after Buying Dream Home: Agent No Clue

My Biggest Regret after Buying Dream Home: Agent No Clue

Looking for a house is way more fun than buying a house. We were looking for houses for about two years before we decided to buy. We met our agent at an open house about a year before we purchased. She was very nice, with a bubbly personality and we ate it up. That was where the fun stopped.

Buying is a slippery slope if you don’t have a plan

Looking at homes online leads to visiting homes. Visiting homes leads to getting an agent. Getting an agent leads to falling in love with homes. Falling in love with homes leads to offers. Offers lead to inspections. Before you know it you got your house. This is obviously a bit of hyperbole, but the point remains that it can happen faster than most expect.  It is imperative that you have a plan, timeline included or the process can get away from you.

Interview potential real estate agents first

Do not be shy about this. It makes a huge difference in your success through the process. Look at different real estate companies and ask for their top salesperson. Interview them and find someone who is a rock star that you are also compatible with. You have all of the leverage at this point do not be afraid to use it. We just found someone who was nice which burned us in the end. You want your real estate agent to be your advocate and to stop at no costs to make sure you get the best home possible at the best price.

Don’t be afraid to be the squeaky wheel

We didn’t want to put our agent in a place of discomfort and that burned us. She was nice, but was in way over her head during negotiations. She only sold about six houses per year and did it on the side.  Her inexperience ended up burning us a bit in the end. We did not get a pricing analysis or the data support that we needed through the process. My wife and I are both very analytical, so we may have desired that more than most. We were not vocal enough and didn’t want to put too much pressure on her.  In the end we just went with the flow due to inexperience.  Don’t be afraid to speak up and be the squeaky wheel, you might just get the grease.

 

In the end, we found our dream home.  The regret comes into play when we realize that our agent didn’t really help find us the house or offer us any specific expertise that we desired.  We went with an agent that was nice and comfortable because it was easy. We bought and sold our houses with her so she made 3% commission on both, even more reason to push for your needs.  You do not want to take advantage of your agent, but don’t be afraid to put your agent in a place of discomfort and require the attention you deserve.  Now go find that dream house!

 

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2 thoughts on “My Biggest Regret after Buying Dream Home: Agent No Clue”

  • We bought our house almost 14 years ago. I remember the whole thing being stressful and a big pain. I think the agent can make or break the experience. Our agent came recommended from a work colleague of mine. In the end, she didn’t seem too interested in helping us buy the house. It was almost as if the house we were buying wasn’t going to give her a big enough commission. When she saw we were really interested in a house, she rushed the contract through to the seller and we missed a few check boxes. It wasn’t anything serious, but when we had some issues trying to close the deal with the sellers, those omissions came back to bite us. Oh well, live and learn.

    • Absolutely, live and learn. I think people don’t realize how much leverage they have when the start looking. The realtors need you way more than you need them when you start. You can’t be afraid to speak up and ask for the best.

      Thanks for reading!!

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