The whole “try before you buy” doesn’t really apply in real estate. When scheduling times with your real estate agent to walk through homes that are for sale it is important that you be respectful to the homeowner and the agent who are showing you around. Why? Odd or disrespectful behavior while browsing could cost you the home of your dreams if the seller is offended.
How to make sure you don’t offend the seller:
- If you break it…
- Don’t be inconsiderate of time.
- Making a really lowball offer.
If you break it…
You know the saying, “if you break it… you buy it,” well that may not be the case when it comes to a home. When you walk through a home that someone is living in, they will have their belongings sitting out. It is important to note, that just because you see something nice and shiny over in the corner that you don’t touch. Antiques, musical instruments, glassware, or sculptures are accidents waiting to happen and when they don’t belong to you, you don’t want to be the one to break them. Avoid offending the seller, and just keep your hands off of things that don’t concern the home that you are looking to buy.
Don’t be inconsiderate of time.
As we all know, time is valuable. Time is not something that can be bought or gotten back once lost. It is important as a buyer that you are respectful of your agents and potential appointments time as you set things up. Just because someone wants to sell their home does not mean you can show up 30 minutes late to an appointment and think they will be okay waiting outside of their home. Being considerate of everyone involved will get you far when it’s time to make an offer on the home of your dreams.
Making a really lowball offer.
Making an offer is great, but it is important that you be respectful of the homeowner and other market factors at the current time. Remember, working with your real estate agent is a great way to make sure you are offering a fair price. If you decide to go against your agent’s advice and make a lowball offer you are risking the possibility of losing the house to another buyer or turning the seller off against any further offers from you.
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