Real Estate Etiquette Tips (when buying Real Estate)
For most people, buying or selling real estate is something only
done a handful of times. It’s a big transaction where stress and
emotions can play a factor. Keeping to a few simple rules of
etiquette during your house search will streamline the process so you
can get to closing day as quickly and stress-free as possible.
- Be Communicative – Have
a burning question or a potential problem? Your Agent needs to know
and wants to help! Clear communication is vital. Communicate any
questions or concerns to your agent so they can be addressed. If
there is no communication, there can be no problem solving.
- Be Ready – Time
is a precious commodity. Once it is gone, you can never get it
back. Be courteous to other people’s schedules and your own. If
you are not ready to buy a property yet or are not sure you can make
the appointment, do not schedule a showing. The sellers have taken
time to prepare for each showing by leaving the house and preparing
for the showing. If you just want to look, that is ok; but wait for
the open house or check out the pics and virtual tour online. If
your schedule varies a bit and you may have to cancel the showing,
wait for a time that will for sure work for you before scheduling.
Of course things do come up, so if you can’t make an appointment,
cancel it asap.
- It’s Not Yours – When
house hunting, always be respectful of other people’s property.
Until the documents are signed, money changes hands and
you have keys, you are in someone else’s house. It is not ok to
“snoop” in someone else’s home. Act as a guest, because you
are. The house is for sale—whatever is inside their furniture
drawers is not.
- Loyalty Matters – Be loyal to your Agent and you
will receive their loyalty in spades. Agents work on commission, so
most Agents are not going to make you a priority if you are also
viewing properties with other agents. Find an Agent you like and
trust and stick with him/her.
The Golden Rule applies equally as much in Real Estate as it does
to anything else and summarizes the etiquette when buying real
estate. If you want to be treated fairly and honestly, treat others
as such. A little consideration goes a long way towards a seamless
transaction and makes for a much happier buying experience in the
Lisa E. Priest isn’t always sure which one is the salad fork vs. the dinner fork and is a Broker/REALTOR® with Picket Fence Realty, Inc. You can reach her via phone or text at 903-948-3343 or at BuyPalestine.com.