10 Things Your Las Vegas Real Estate Agent Wants You to Know
This one goes out to all the everyday Jane and John Does who aren’t professional real estate agents themselves but have come upon the need to hire one. When you’re ready to start looking for a new home, you should do some light reading to get yourself familiar with the local real estate market. In any case, here are the top 10 things that a real estate agent wants you to know but might be too polite to tell you, especially if you aren’t open with them about your questions and concerns. (Please note that these generally pertain to people interested in selling their house and buying a new one, but that the principles behind them certainly are relevant in larger-scale commercial properties too!)
- They actually want you to bother them! Don’t be shy, it will be easier in the long run if you’re up front about what you think every step along the way. For instance, the worst phone call or email a real estate agent hears is anything along the lines of “I wish I had told you this earlier, but I didn’t want to bother you!” or “I’ve been thinking of bringing this up, but I know you’re so busy.” Your Las Vegas real estate agent is bound to appreciate your being so considerate about their time, but in order to be as efficient as possible, a real estate agent needs to know everything you’re thinking of. They will be able to help you navigate all of the possibilities in the market, whether it’s visiting a home on a whim, starting a home improvement project, or something else. If you want to save as much money as possible and get the results you’re looking for, you’d be wise to clue in your agent!
- It’s important to have a budget before you start looking. An agent can help you fine-tune things, but they cannot make the initial decisions for you. An agent simply cannot point you in the right direction if they are not aware of your budget. That’s why it’s also important to inform your agent as soon as possible of any potential changes to that budget so that you are not wasting your time searching for property that you are not realistically going to purchase or rent. Just keep in mind that real estate agents are not miracle workers, but they are professionals, experts in their field who can get you the best for the budget you do have.
- The cold feet are normal, but you need to get over them. Plenty of people – especially young, newlywed couples – begin suffering what’s called “buyer’s remorse.” After closing on a deal, they start fretting that they made a mistake, that they liked another house better, that they wish they had made a different decision. This is totally normal for people to go through, especially if they spent a long time choosing between two different locations. However, there’s no worse hassle than dealing with a buyer who’s desperate to change their mind. Trust your gut! You’ll get used to the house with time, and sure you’re to love it for all of the reasons that convinced you to close on the deal in the first place.
- Don’t give yourself away to other real estate agents! If there was a polite way to ask you to keep your mouth shut, they would (and if they’re really good, they probably already have, without you noticing). Don’t take it personally, but many people give themselves away to other Las Vegas real estate agents. Avoid making comments about how many houses you’ve looked at, if you’re having trouble making a decision, how much you can afford to spend, and other valuable details. You might not realize it, but when you mention those kinds of things, you’re giving away much of your negotiating factors, allowing the other real estate agents and sellers to try and tailor their marketing techniques according to your needs. Just focus on the house you’re visiting and the things you like and dislike – you can break it down later with your real estate agent.
- Don’t be nosy. It’s not only rude, but it’s illegal. Under the Fair Housing Act, all real estate agents in America are not allowed to give you information about details such as if a neighborhood has a large population of individuals of a certain race, nationality, gender, religion, or disability. If you have prejudices, you’ll have to look elsewhere to manage them. However, if you’re just new to the neighborhood and are truly looking get a feel for the kinds of people in the neighborhood, there are other ways you can do so! Try to do some research on your own, even if it’s just driving around the town and stopping at a local diner to do some harmless people-watching.