If you are planning to purchase a home, one of the first things that you need to search for is a good real estate agent. It is definitely a given that the real estate agent you pick will influence how seamlessly the transaction will end up. Whenever possible, you should hire a real estate agent who is not only skilled and experienced, but is also ethical and honest. There are so many horror stories innocent buyers fall for the tricks that unscrupulous real estate agents attempt to pull.
By recognizing these tricks, you will be better equipped to avoid them when you actually encounter them as you are conducting a real estate transaction. Here are some of the usual, unethical real estate agent tricks that you must avoid falling for.
First, some real estate agents may attempt to bully you into buying immediately. They’ll try everything they can to get you excited about a property and make it seem like that there are lots of other buyers who are just as interested as you are in it. Nonetheless, remember that you is not advisable to rush a real estate transaction. For you to make an informed decision and make sure that you are not going to be surprised with unexpected issues concerning the house in the future, you should always have all the information at hand.
Second, do not choose real estate agents who would promise you the world and will not hesitate to lie to you to get you to buy a property. You can definitely research a real estate agent’s reputation online to be certain that he has not had clients who were forced to buy because of his misleading promises and actions. Ensure that you are hiring a real estate agent who has a commitment to truthful and ethical transactions. They should always let you know about any problems with a particular property and let you know candidly about other offers for the property. Stick to your budget and never agree to a price that is beyond what you can actually pay for.
Finally, never let a real estate agent talk you into using their mortgage brokers. Do not forget that these brokers have an incentive to push for a specific loan or lender as they get paid a commission. As a matter of fact, it is certainly illegal for a real estate agent to persist on making you use a broker that they chose for you. As much as possible, look around for the right rates and terms for your mortgage. When you have to use a broker, always choose one that is reliable and ethical.