A good estate agent is invaluable to buyers looking for their dream home. Here are six tips for keeping your agent onside.
You expect to pay a consultation fee when visiting a medical professional or a lawyer and know that you will have to fork out some additional cash if you need a follow up appointment. This generally means that we keep communication to a minimum and only approach these individuals when absolutely necessary. The same goes for most other service-based industries including repairmen who in most cases charge a callout fee.
Estate agents however work on a commission basis and as such only receive payment (usually from the seller) once a sale has gone through. Unfortunately, this opens them up to all sorts of abuse. Yes, we know abuse is a strong word, but unfortunately there are plenty of buyers and sellers who don't think twice about wasting an agent's valuable time or expect an agent to work 24 hours a day, seven days a week and be instantly available when called.
When dealing with agents, there's a certain protocol that needs to be adhered to including:
Stick to office hours wherever possible
Know how much you can afford
Don't view the same property with different agents
Don't try to cut your own deal