We spoke with real estate professionals (professionals being the key term) across the country and found five recurring agent personalities that make buying and selling real estate an absolute headache. Avoid these bad behaviours and you’ll never have to worry about a bad reputation.
1 – The disappearing agent
Whether you’re on the buying or selling end of the deal, not having your calls or emails returned is incredibly frustrating. But you can take solace in knowing it’s not just you who’s being ignored.
“When you get a phone call from someone – especially another agent – if they call you or page you, then when you call they don’t answer,” says Vincent LaFiura. “That’s my biggest pet peeve.”
Ricky Chadha says these agents are apparently foregoing basic manners.
“A lot of those people are not replying in a timely manner,” he says, “and that’s common courtesy to be prompt and punctual.”
2 – The older-not-wiser agent
Chadha says he often encounters agents who belief seniority can make up for their incompetence.
“People often say, ‘Oh, I’ve been in the business for 30 years’ – so that means you’re right?” he asks. “You need to be competent with the rules and regulations.”
Real estate veteran Barry Lebow says he gets frustrated with agents who don’t keep up with the profession.
“[Real estate] is complex – I’ve been in real estate for 46 years and I’m still taking classes,” he says. “Everything is changing; the rules and regulations are moving targets. I find the ignorance factor inherent in too many in the business.”
You’ve undoubtedly dealt with a difficult agent on the other end of a transaction, but could your bad habits and occasional missteps make