In this week’s episodes, we’re buying a home! Or at least thinking about what we need if we were to buy a home. In today’s episode, I’ll be sharing some advice for working with a realtor.
I have worked with three realtors in my life and am going to share my experience in today’s episode as a children’s story. So, buckle up, because I’m weird and delightful.
Once upon a time, a young woman was invited into the home of a magical woman named Joan. Joan and her husband, Mark, had been realtors in the young woman’s city for their entire careers—over fort years. They knew that it was her first time buying a home, and not only provided curated and thorough information for Taylor, but didn’t treat her like an idiot for not understanding how pipe placements impact the property value of a home. They drove around the city together, looking at a limited selection of homes that first and foremost fit respectably within Taylor’s budget. Never was this a question. Taylor bought a house and was very happy.
Many years later, Taylor needed to buy a second house and wasn’t thrilled about it. She creeped on her friends’ Facebook pages for recommendations, and found a beloved realtor! She reached out to him, and he let her know that he was booked solid and wouldn’t be able to serve as her realtor—but that his colleague would. Taylor foolishly accepted this passing off from one recommended realtor to the unknown and struggled with communication for the entire experience. This realtor had recently moved to the area and was unfamiliar with neighborhoods, taking Taylor to a home with bullet holes through the windows and walls even though her highest priority was safety while walking her dog. This realtor even made an unauthorized deal with the seller that cost Taylor thousands of dollars and a little bit of her dignity when Taylor finally yelled at the woman. Not her proudest moment.
A few years later when Taylor had to move to Fort Worth, sight unseen, in the middle of a pandemic with less than a month’s notice for a new job…. (exacerbated breathing) she asked for HR’s help. She asked for…. A realtor. A recommended realtor to help with relocation. By getting the advice of a professional contact whose job it was to ensure her success as an employee, Taylor was put in contact with a realtor that we’ll call the Fairy Godsister. The Fairy Godsister asked concise questions, knew the neighborhoods, assessed Taylor’s personality within 10 minutes of talking on the phone, and did a virtual tour of two houses that she knew would be perfect fits. And they were! She answered almost all of Taylor’s questions before she asked, and even followed up a month after move in to check and see if everything was okay.
And Taylor lived happily ever after.
How do you find your own Fairy Godsister? Get recommendations from people who have a stake in your life. Don’t accept being passed off to someone you haven’t been recommended to. Know that you’re going to be spending some time with this person, so make sure you vibe well with them. And finally? See if they’re comprehensive or dismissive when you ask even simple questions. Developing a relationship with a great realtor is a gift—and looking back knowing you should have fired one for having cost you thousands of dollars is a nightmare. Choose. Wisely.
You can do it, I can help, and I would love for you to share your realtor experiences with me! Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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