The home buying process will be much smoother if you interview and hire an agent you trust to represent you and guide you from the start of your home search, rather than doing what I call “agent hopping”. Agent hopping is when you work with multiple agents at once, whether it is intentional or not.
Here are few ways that you can make sure you aren’t agent hopping:
- 𝗜𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘀𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗰𝗵.
Make sure you interview multiple agents and pick one you trust and get along with to represent you.
- 𝗗𝗼 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗮𝘀𝗸 𝗮𝗻𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗮 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗽𝗲𝗿𝘁𝘆.
If you see a home you like, but your agent is not available, ask if they have a coworker or assistant who can help them show you the home, or if there is an open house you can attend.
- 𝗗𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗰𝘁 𝗹𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝗱𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗹𝘆 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗶𝗻𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻.
Your agent can get you information on ANY home, even if it is listed For Sale by Owner! The listing agent represents the seller, and you want to make sure you have someone looking out for your best interests as well.
If you happen to be looking at houses online and come across a home that you may not have seen in your home search that your realtor set up for you, 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡 𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐭. Ask them to find out more about the home, or if it’s still available! Sometimes our clients end up finding homes that they love 𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦 of the search criteria that we have set up for them. This may be due to location, or that the home doesn’t have one of their “must-have” features, but they are willing to compromise.
𝗥𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿, 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗡𝗢𝗧 𝗯𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗻𝘁! We are here to help you every step of the way, so don’t hesitate to reach out if you see a home you like or have any questions!