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How a Humorous Realtor Can Make Home Buying Stress-Free

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Searching for and successfully buying a home can be a long, sometimes stressful process. That’s why working with a local real estate expert like Tom Gilliam, who has a great sense of humor, is such a bonus for home buyers in Oakland County, Michigan.

That’s not to say your agent needs to be a stand-up comedian! A sense of humor comes in many different forms, so don’t think you need an agent who can whip out puns or have you rolling on the floor with one-liners.

Beyond just making all the time you spend together more enjoyable and memorable, here are six ways an agent with a sense of humor can come in handy during some pivotal moments of the home buying process:

1) When You’re Disappointed with the Houses for Sale

There’s a saying about how pictures speak a thousand words, but sometimes the words they say are more flattering than the reality when it comes to photos of a house you see online. It can be deflating when it seems like so many houses you go see in person don’t live up to what you thought they’d be, making you wonder if you’ll ever find a house you like.

So when you have an agent like Tom Gilliam, who can make light of the wall-to-wall shag carpeting in a bathroom or the closet filled with creepy dolls, it can lift your spirits when the home is letting you down and get you through those moments of doubt.

2) When Something Awkward Happens


If you look at enough houses, you’re bound to experience something awkward with a homeowner. Whether they overhear you making fun of their creepy doll collection or you walk in on them unexpectedly, an agent with a sense of humor can help defuse a potentially tense situation. Tom’s ability to lighten the mood can turn an awkward moment into a shared laugh.

3) When You’re Nervous


It doesn’t matter if you’re a first-time buyer or have bought multiple homes, it’s understandable to get nervous at some point during the process of buying a home. No matter what makes you nervous, an agent with a sense of humor like Tom can calm your nerves and help you feel comfortable making the best decisions even when you’re stressed.

4) When Your Parents Want to See the House You’re Buying


Many buyers rely on their parents for financial help or just general advice and approval when it comes to buying a house. This means there comes a time when they’ll want to see the house you’ve fallen in love with. Unfortunately, they usually haven’t seen all of the other houses you saw that led you to knowing how great this one was in comparison, so they often come in with some less-than-helpful thoughts and advice, which can easily derail the purchase of your dream home.

Parents often see the agent as someone they need to protect their children from, which could lead to some insults and accusations if they feel the agent is trying to push you into a purchase. Having an agent like Tom, who has a sense of humor, can make them feel at ease and allow your parents to have an open conversation about their questions and concerns, giving you (and your agent) the ability to get them to give you their blessing on the house you want to buy.

5) When They’re Negotiating on Your Behalf


Many people picture agents having to be aggressive, using a take-it-or-leave-it approach to negotiating. While that tactic might be useful at times, an agent with a sense of humor like Tom can often tip the scales in their clients’ favor during negotiations, simply because it makes other agents want to work with them. Tom’s friendly and humorous demeanor can create a positive atmosphere that benefits his clients.

6) When You’re Upset


Unfortunately, there are times when you might get bad news. Things like hearing that a seller accepted another buyer’s offer, major problems were found during the home inspection, mortgage issues, or closing delays can be so upsetting and make you want to throw in the towel.

But if you’re working with an agent like Tom Gilliam, who has a good sense of humor, they’ll be able to help you recover from even the most devastating news quickly, so you can get back in the swing of things in no time.

In summary, having a realtor like Tom Gilliam, with his great sense of humor, can make all the difference in your home buying experience in Oakland County, Michigan. His ability to lighten the mood, provide comfort, and create positive interactions will ensure that your journey to finding the perfect home is as enjoyable as possible.

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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Tom, I agree humor sure eases some stress with buyers, and also how much depends on the buyer.

May 24, 2024 03:12 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker
Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.
May 25, 2024 02:58 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Tom. I always thought a good sense of humor was necessary when dealing with buyers or sellers alike. Enjoy your day.

May 25, 2024 05:25 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Tom, and how about when you walk in on naked people while you're showing a house? That can benefit from a sense of humor.

May 25, 2024 02:30 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

I especially appreciate #4, meeting the parents; you explained the parents weren't there to see all the other options, leading the buyers to choosing the home they fell in love with. I like that! I always include a little humor when working with buyers and sellers; they genuinely appreciate the advise and experience I share with them, which helps buyers and sellers make smart decisions in negotiations. Good job!

May 27, 2024 10:05 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Talking about potential embarrassing viewings:

I contacted a listing agent about showing the listing to my client. "No problem". was the answer. "No one is home".

Wrong! When we entered the house, it was pretty obvious that someone was showering in the hall bathroom. We quickly left. Embarrassment avoided!

May 28, 2024 10:30 AM
Mike McCann Nebraska Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farm & Commercial Land Broker-Auctioneer Serving Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm & Commercial Property For Sale 308-627-3700

Number 4 hit the nail on the head.  I used to work with a lot of first time buyers.  The first meeting I always asked if the parents were going to be involved in the decision making and if so...they needed to see all the homes we look at.   That was not always a popular comment for buyers to hear but your comment is spot on...they cannot compare Home1 or 2 on the favorites list if they never saw Dog1, 2, and 3.

May 29, 2024 11:57 AM