When you're bombarded with posts of the same property by different people or different brokerage groups, how do you know which one to choose?
If you’re like most people, you probably look to social media or real estate listing portals to look for a house you want to buy. And usually, you’re bombarded with posts of the same property by different people or different brokerage groups. How do you know which one to choose?
Buying a home is an important and huge financial decision. You definitely do not want to entrust this with just anybody. Worse, you don’t want to fall for any scam or what.
Make sure you are dealing with a licensed broker or salesperson (agent). Dealing with an unlicensed one is not just sketchy but illegal. Yet there are so many unlicensed brokers working in the Philippines today. Licensed brokers know the laws of their profession and you can hold them accountable if something goes wrong. No licensed broker would want to lose their license so you can trust them with their dealings. For example, licensed brokers know all too well not to sell houses with titling issues.
Not to mention, these people are licensed professionals. Having earned their licensed, they know everything there is to know about buying a house. They just don’t ‘what’s’, ‘where’s’, but most importantly how things are done. You can trust that their knowledgable about the investment you want to make and can present you with the best options.
Tip: Ask for licenses right away before you continue the conversation.
A lot of people who are selling you houses are often part of the salesforce of developers. This means they get paid fat fees -commisions- when you buy a house from them. So it’s not surprising that they act on the interest of these developers; often hard selling these properties instead of actually meeting your needs.
And yes, these people are trained in sales. But no sales training can actually emulate authentic empathy and concern.
Tip: If the property is already sounding too good to be true, you might want to call the next broker for more legitimate advise.
According to this study, people actually stop buying if their agent/broker is extremely rude. Sad to say, some can really be over the top. You would definitely want someone who’s respectful and sensitive to your needs.
Tip: Your first touch with an agent is over text/phone call, assess right away. Don’t push through if you don’t feel comfortable.
Finding the perfect broker for you can be hard, but it’s not a daunting task. Once you do find the right one for you, it’s great. It can a life long relationship of trusting someone to guide you to buy you first home, buy another investment, or perhaps sell your home.
(You might also want to look on other good signs of an agent here)