Navigating Home Buying Etiquette - 8 Things NOT to Say to Your Realtor

Embarking on the journey of buying or selling a home is a thrilling yet intricate process. Effective communication with your real estate representative is key to ensuring a smooth transaction. While real estate professionals are known for their resilience, there are certain phrases that, albeit unintentionally, can create friction in the client-agent dynamic. In this blog post, we'll explore eight things you should avoid saying to your realtor to foster a more harmonious home buying process.

"I want to buy a home, but I don't want to commit to one agent."

Loyalty is a two-way street in real estate. Acknowledge the effort your agent invests by formalizing the relationship through a buyer's agency contract. This commitment ensures dedicated representation and a smoother home buying experience.

"Don't show my home unless I'm here."

Flexibility is crucial for home viewings. Being overly restrictive may hinder your home's exposure to potential buyers. Allow showings to happen freely to maximize your home's visibility in the market.

"But Zillow said..."

Relying solely on online platforms for home valuations can be misleading. Trust the expertise of a local real estate professional who can provide a comprehensive market analysis tailored to your home's unique features.

"I'll get pre-approved for a mortgage later, right?"

Being pre-approved for a mortgage strengthens your offer and demonstrates your financial capacity to sellers. Prioritize getting pre-approved before beginning your home search.

"I don't want to bother my realtor, can you just show me the house?"

Respect the protocol of working with your designated realtor. Avoid going directly to the listing agent for showings, as it ensures smoother collaboration and professionalism between all parties involved.

"I'll only sell my home to a buyer who is..."

Avoid introducing discriminatory criteria when selling or buying a home. Stay within legal bounds and focus on the merits of the property rather than personal preferences.

"I'd love to be a realtor, get paid to look at pretty houses all day."

Appreciate the complexity of the real estate profession. Real estate agents have multifaceted roles beyond showings, encompassing negotiations, market analysis, and client advocacy.


Remember to pronounce "realtor" correctly as a sign of respect for the profession.

Navigating the home buying process requires thoughtful communication and mutual respect between clients and real estate professionals. By avoiding these common pitfalls in conversation, you can contribute to a more positive and productive experience for all parties involved. Thank you for reading, and happy home hunting!


About the Author: The article above, Navigating Home Buying Etiquette - 8 Things NOT to Say to Your Realtor, was provided by Lisa Salt, an authority on Vernon BC and area real estate and a leader in the field of real estate blogging and vlogging.  Lisa and her group have helped literally helped thousands of families buy and sell homes since 1993. 

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