I don’t mind getting a lot of calls to “please call me” or “please call back” when I’m on the phone. However, I don’t like feeling like someone is trying to sell me something I don’t want to buy. I’m usually the one that’s calling, but sometimes the customer is trying to sell me something I don’t need.
We call this the “buyer beware” syndrome. The customer is trying to sell you something that you don’t need, but they are trying to sell you something that is not on their list. For most new home sales, this is usually just a few dollars, or maybe a few hundred dollars. But with buying a house, it’s more complicated. Let’s say your house is on the market for $300,000.
To sell your house, you have to do some leg work. You have to research, ask questions, go through a number of things, and you also have to make sure your “seller” is in the loop.
Before you can even open your mouth to speak, your agent has to know you are a prospective buyer. The first step in any transaction is to list your house on a property website (or even a local site). Then you have to actually go out there and make a bid. If you are not a high-end seller, then you will want to be sure that your agent is working with one of the bigger players in the industry.
As a general rule, agents should not be looking for high-end properties. If you are not a high-end seller, I would strongly recommend that you find another agent. Once you have a property listed on a website, you will get a lot of exposure. If you fail to ask a few basic questions and make sure you are on the right website, you could easily end up with a property that has more negative than positive reviews.
One of the things that we are frequently asked about is “will there be a bidding war for my listings?” If you are the first agent listed on a site and the price is higher than you are, the agent may not want to list for you, and you might end up with a lot of listings that the agent does not like.