Buying a home can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience but it can also be a stressful
experience especially since it entails a huge amount of investment for the buyer.
Finding the right property to become a permanent home can be emotionally
charged and often takes a lot of consideration. When it comes to this, it is
important for real estate agents to make it easier for home buyers to make up their
minds and guide them to make the right decisions in buying their first- and for
some, the only home for them to live in for life.
Here are some very helpful and practical tips for real estate agents to help provide
potential buyers and clients to feel confident they made the right decision.
Discover their problems and help provide solutions
The primary reason why buyers chose you to be their real estate agent is that they
made a personal connection with you and feel you can help them find the best
Last year, 87% of home buyers counted on the help of real estate agents in helping
them through the home buying process, compared to only 67% back in 2001.
This is a critical step especially for first time home buyers since they need to rely on
an expert to help them make the right decision, which is why it is important to
probe what situation they are in or what circumstances they are going through.
As a real estate agent, it helps you understand their needs and preferences, as well
as give you a good idea about what you can provide them based on your best
possible solution to make them happy about the decision they make.
Educate and inform
Home buyers, especially those doing it for the first time, get anxious waiting for the
home buying process to be completed and could sometimes cause them to start
getting apprehensions and begin to cast doubts in the process.
This is why it is vital for the real estate agent to ensure that home buyers are always
kept in the loop. Make sure to keep them aware of the process and help educate
them so they know what to expect and what are the reasons behind it, such as
regulatory delays, time frames, or other matters that take time, if any.
Remember that your clients or buyers came to you for your expertise and
experience, which is why you need to ensure that they know what is happening
every step of the way.
Always set proper expectations
Should there be hurdles that occur along the way, make sure to inform your
clients or buyers about it. Make sure to always be transparent about the actual
condition of the property or the salient details of the home buying process.
Always be honest in your dealings with the client, no matter how emotional or
daunting the buying process may be. A study conducted by the National
Association of Realtors Research Group revealed that throughout this year,
home buyers prefer trustworthy and honest real estate agents before anything
else, which is why it is vital for real estate professionals to live up to those ideals.
Always be patient
Rushing your home buyers to make a decision could turn them off, rather than
feeling confident about their decision to purchase. Remember that buying a
house requires a substantial investment that can only be sourced from a sizable
loan, life savings, or proceeds of a high-ticket item, which people need to feel
comfortable about letting go.
Clients or buyers may ask you a lot of questions, which is natural and expected
because they count on your expertise in the matter. As mentioned before, make
every effort to inform and educate because they are counting on your help to get
them through the process without hitches and problems.
Always be reminded that the home buying process is all about the client and your
role is to help them get through it from start to finish. Your goal is to build your
brand and nurture a lasting relationship with your clients and getting them
through their emotional home-buying journey can surely put you on top of their
list as well as those with whom they share their home buying experience with.