I've had many scenarios with buyer's and or seller's contacting me once they were involved in a less than desireable Real Estate Transaction. My response is usually something like this. Unfortunately, I cannot help you, you are technically already being represented by another agent. Who you connect with in the beginning really matters. I could recall countless stories of those locked in to a new home representation or listing agreement who wanted out of it. I'd ask you to re-think your strategy when deciding to purchase or sell a home. Who you choose to work with absolutely matters and could cost you thousands of dollars, or the home of your dreams. What kinds of things should you ask your agent before choosing to allow them to represent you? There are many questions but a few that come to mind.
Are you a full time agent? Will you be available when I call, or do you have a part time job elsewhere that will make you only available during certain days/hours?
Are you willing to show up at my contract signing and help me understand what I am signing? Are you willing to show up at my closing?
Will you take the time to fully communicate how things work, and help me understand the process?
Are you available only on specific days? If I find my dream home on a Friday, can we see it on a Saturday?
Will I be working with you or your team member/assistant?
I interview all of my clients to see if we are a good fit for each other as sometimes our personalities are just not meant for eah other or our expectations are different. I also try to ask how this client prefers to be comunicated with, and ask myslf if I can provide the level of service that they are looking for. Buying or selling a home can be complex. Do not choose an agent based on convenience. Do your due diligence and make sure that it is a match before getting locked in. I'll be adding more questions as they come to me, these were just the thoughts that were fresh in my mind. Agents, I'd love your input as well.