How to recognize a wrong real estate agent?

By Ann Krueger / April 11, 2017

Through many years of experience, we here at Dundee Developments have encountered various situations regarding real estate agents. From our readers, we received most complaints about irresponsible and bad property agents. Unfortunately, all these cases happened after they have hired a real estate agent, who treated them badly and they lost a significant sum of money. We have decided to prepare you a short article and tell you what type of real estate agents you should avoid when selling or buying a property.

Unresponsive one

You shouldn’t expect your agent to be available 24/7, but he should respond to your message of voice mail at his earliest convenience. In the beginning, you should be in touch with him every day. By having a good and open relationship with your agent, it can make a significant difference in selling your house within an ideal time frame of 5 months, or have your home listed for several years. If you notice that your real estate agent isn’t responsive or he calls you back after few days, you should terminate your contact with him. With this, you will only lose your money and time because it is evident that you aren’t his priority.

He doesn’t listen to you

A first-time meeting is the most important one because you should have an open conversation. It should feel something like a counseling session. You need to be able to feel confident, and agent should follow your lead and guard your best interests. A real estate agent should be interested in your case. If he asks you relevant questions, such as: what is your time frame to buy or sell a property, of if he asks you about your dream house and your expectations, then you are on the right track. You want to hire an agent who is dedicated and who will give you a good advice at the appropriate moment. Not someone who acts like a salesperson and whose only interest is to make more money for himself.

The agent is inexperienced

Experience is the key to this business, and experienced agent will understand the market better, and he will be able to make you a better deal. We don’t have anything against beginners; there are some really good real estate agents out there. But you want an agent who is fully dedicated. Nowadays, anyone can become an agent and people are usually doing a different day job, while real estate is their part time job. Your agent should be a person whose career is real estate with at least two years of experience.

The agent is unprofessional

This is one of the worst qualities your real estate agent could have, but also one of the easiest you can notice. If he is always late to appointments, disorganized and sending you wrong messages, then your property isn’t in good hands. The most important thing is the professional trust, and when it is broken, the relationship with your agent won’t have any progress.


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