Don’t Use a Bad Real Estate Agent Twice

July 18, 2012 No Comments »
Don’t Use a Bad Real Estate Agent Twice

Consider this. You set out to buy a piece of property, and enlist a real estate agent that was referred to you, or considered to be the “best around.”

Regardless of where you found them, after some snags and let downs (and probably a lot of lies), your purchase transaction finally closes.

You got your dream house or condo, but you were also left with a bitter taste in your mouth.

Your agent didn’t live up to expectations, and led you astray when you trusted him or her most.

And now you’re seething with anger.

You Also Need to Sell Your Current Home

Let’s assume you were a move-up buyer, or a move-on buyer with an existing property that must also be sold.

Clearly the real estate agent that helped you purchase the new property will want to list the old property. This is an absolute no-brainer.

And for convenience sake, you may be thinking it’s the path of least resistance. Heck, they got the first deal done, even if it didn’t go down as you envisioned.

But you really need to consider if you want to work with the same person that gave you so much grief the first time around.

Do you want that person to earn even more money “helping you?”

Perhaps you think because they were a shark or “screwed you over” that they’ll be able to use those same tactics when finding a buyer. That way you’ll be able to sell your home for more and turn a better profit.

Bad logic if you ask me. If anything, you’ll just get the short end of the stick again, and kick yourself for allowing the same person back into your life again.

The old adage, “fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me” comes to mind here.

It’s Bad Karma

Apart from you being annoyed that you chose to work with someone you knew was unreliable or dishonest or not straightforward, you’re allowing that person to harm a new buyer as well.

Do you really want to let this unscrupulous person use their shady tactics on another unknowing individual?

Or would you rather do things the right way and hire someone trustworthy that will play by the rules?

It’s never a good idea to think you can lose on one transaction and win on another while using the same agent. It’s certainly wishful thinking, but very flawed.

And at the end of the day, you’ll probably just be furious.

So shop around for a good agent and try to learn from your past mistakes to avoid headaches in future transactions.

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