It has been my experience that a lot of the general public, mostly those who have never been involved with a real estate transaction, have no idea about common courtesy in dealing with a Realtor. I think how a client should deal with their agent can be summed up in one word…..honesty. Your agent should treat you with respect and honesty, if not, you need to find a new agent. You should treat your agent with the same respect and honesty. Doesn’t matter if you’re a buyer or seller, treat your agent the way you want to be treated.
There’s an old saying in sales, “Buyers are liars.” If you check with anyone who has been in sales, they have heard this saying. In real estate, it’s okay to shop around for an agent that you are comfortable with and who you know will work hard for you. Once you find them, don’t string other agents along letting them waste their time when you know you are not going to use them to write an offer. When an agent ask you, “Who are you working with?” or “Are you working with another agent?”, be honest with them and let them know up front that you have been speaking with others. Let them know you are speaking with/interviewing other agents. This way they know up front that you haven’t decided on anyone to represent you and they can act appropriately.
Remember, honesty……..is still the best policy.