5 Ways Homebuyers Make Real Estate Agents Crazy

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By Brendon DeSimone

The process of buying a home can be long and challenging. It can be stressful for both buyers and their real estate agents. Through it all, it's helpful to understand that, though agents are there to support you, they can't be all things to every buyer. From time to time, a buyer can unintentionally make the buying process more difficult, much to the agent's frustration. Here are five ways buyers create stress and complications not only for their agents but for sellers and even themselves.

You request additional showings, bring an entourage, etc. -- but never make an offer: It's typical for a potential buyer to view a property during an open house, then ask for a private showing, even two or

A lowball offer will likely just help the listing agent get a small price reduction, thus opening the window of opportunity to another buyer.

three times. That's par for the course. However, it's frustrating when a buyer arrives to a showing with a designer, architect, contractor or just some friends and spends an hour or two at the home and measuring each room. This is just counterproductive, particularly if you don't make an offer.

Some buyers have been known to bring their psychic, who, after making a big splash with tarot cards and numerology charts, declares that the property has "negative energy" and isn't a good fit, mainly based on the numbers in the property address. Did the psychic really need to see the property in person?

You should give yourself an opportunity to gauge your own reactions to a property before bringing in friends, family or hired consultants. Also, be aware that you'll have multiple opportunities to thoroughly explore a property before you are fully committed. To go over a home inch-by-inch on the first or second visit is often a waste of everyone's time -- including yours.

You make unjustified lowball offers: The seller's property is on the market for $400,000. And yet, a potential buyer offers $300,000. It's not because the home is grossly overpriced or there's something seriously wrong with it but simply because the buyer wants a bargain.

Unjustified lowball offers are often a waste of time for everyone involved. The seller isn't going to swallow $100,000 for no reason, even if the property has been on the market a while. In fact, a lowball offer will likely just help the listing agent get a small price reduction, thus opening the window of opportunity to another buyer. It's certainly OK to offer less than asking, but be realistic and respectful.

You plan to negotiate the price down during escrow but don't tell your agent: Final home inspections sometimes uncover problems. In such situations, it makes sense to request a credit from the seller during escrow. However, there are times when a buyer writes an offer, which the seller is open to accepting, but secretly plans to ask for a reduction during escrow just because he thinks he can. Doing so adds stress and ill will among all parties involved, during what could already be a difficult transaction.

It's better to be upfront about your intentions. If the deal is not meant to be, better to not go down the path.

You make big demands on the agent's time but are a long way from being serious: Some people are just beginning to think about buying a home. That's fine; buyers have to start somewhere. Unfortunately, sometimes buyers are a year or two away from becoming serious. And yet they make a lot of demands on the agent's time. Asking an agent to research city building permits on a house just because you're curious -- and even though the property doesn't fit your requirements -- is not an

If you find yourself moving around and not certain about the object of your search, it's possible you just aren't ready to buy.

appropriate request. Sure buyer's agents are in the service business, but whom are they servicing?

Agents can't be as effective if they're spending lots of time researching tax records or city permits for clients who are years away from being serious. Buyers can do a lot of legwork on their own. If you're seriously considering a property, you should be proactively invested in researching tax records, police crime maps, neighborhood data, home values and even the property's building permit history.

You keep changing your mind about what you want: It's OK to shift course based on what you learn during the process. This is a common part of the buyer evolution process. Many buyers set out for X but end up with Y after learning the market and seeing where their dollar goes. By the time you are ready to start making offers and move in the direction of acquiring a home, you should be focused. If you find yourself moving around and not certain about the object of your search, it's possible you just aren't ready to buy. That's OK. Take your time and learn the market.

The homebuying process is a journey, and a good local agent, brought in at the right time, can add so much value. Be mindful that agents work for free until a buyer or seller closes. Through the years agents have worked tirelessly with buyers who, after a year or more, ended up not buying for one reason or another. Agents should be leveraged as a huge resource, when the time comes.

Brendon DeSimone is the author of "Next Generation Real Estate: New Rules for Smarter Home Buying & Faster Selling," the go-to insider's guide for navigating and better understanding the complex and ever-evolving world of buying and selling a home. Bringing more than a decade of residential real estate experience, DeSimone is a nationally recognized real estate expert and has appeared on top media outlets including ABC's 20/20, Good Morning America, HGTV, FOX News, CNBC & FOX Business. You can follow him on Twitter or Facebook.

Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of Zillow or AOL.

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Roseann

Some of the worst offenders were buyers who told me what they wanted, I showed them exactly that. They didn't want it. Or they wanted a perfect location, which I showed them and they bought the house backing up to train tracks because it had a pretty kitchen. Or they told you they could only spend $300,000 and ended up spending $400,000 with another agent because you respected what they said.
Any agent can tell you BUYERS ARE LIARS.

May 31 2014 at 11:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
YourFtr

I once had a realtor show me a lot of crappy properties in the county....
I thought she must have misunderstood me; so I showed her my old house and said
that I wanted one better than this one.
She persisted in showing me crappy properties;
so I went with somebody else.....

May 31 2014 at 8:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gosoaring10

Realtors and their high commissions are way overpaid especially since the MLS/internet has come on the scene.

And a potential buyer is foolish to not bring along a contractor or other expert to evaluate a home's condition. Homes are complicated and much of what is wrong is not obvious to an untrained eye. So quit crying real estate "professionals".

May 31 2014 at 8:36 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
rugulah

The worst are clients who know-it-all and then ask leading questions. "Of course, we can't offer full price," or some such that they've heard from their uncle or on the internet. "No one pays full price. Do they," spoken as a statement and not a question. And then they smirk at you. And, they're wrong.

May 31 2014 at 7:55 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
natalie

what a topic, what do they think they are there for? to help us find THE PERFECT HOME FOR US. it''s a huge investment, so i can't be concermed what upsets them... it's their job, and they should be happy to have it..

May 31 2014 at 3:58 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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BARRY AND KATHY

Maybe you should buy an agent then. Nothing like a slave who has nothing to do other than take care of your wants even if you never buy a home through them.
Do you think they are there to work free?
It's not a job to be happy with if it doesn't pay THEIR bills. We're not talking about just buyer's agents, we're talking about LISTING agents.

May 31 2014 at 7:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
firenewt

Agents can drive buyers crazy as well. How about the agent who states he or she will find 3 house tp show you. If you don't like any of the 3, you are told you aren't serious about buying and you are wasting the agents time. Over the years, I have run into at least 3 who act that way. Consider using an agent that represents you as the buyer.

May 31 2014 at 2:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
thatcher22

I have been searching for homes or realtor.com. Mostly around NC. There is nothing more disgusting to see photos of clothes hanging around, dirty toilets with the seat up and junk everywhere! I think the realtors today need to tell the sellers to clean up the dump or I will not list it. I personally make a list of the realtors and they go on a black list as zero rated! Come on, if you're a realtor and listing a house,have the owners clean it up respectively to show or walk away from it!

May 31 2014 at 2:29 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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BARRY AND KATHY

A lot easier to do if you have more money than you kinow what to do with. Also, not every buyer is upper class and MOST homes are actually sold to low end buyers who are used to LIVING in a home and accept that the maid might have just not had time to polish the silver that day.

May 31 2014 at 7:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hey

what would make me crazy is these mostly young buyers who may like a house but dont like the color scheme, get it through your head you are not buying a custom designed house for yourself, it would be impossable to repaint for every look-see. if some people did,nt like green rug companies and paint companies would not make green so if you like the house repaint it and decorate to suit your self

May 31 2014 at 11:09 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
yipesss

Buying a home is a huge investment, take all the time, people, contractors, psychics, inspections you need to be comfortable with your decision. If you are making your agent 'crazy' get a new agent. It is their job! There are plenty of other agents willing to do what it takes to sell you the home and earn their commissions.

Who wants to work with a lazy/crazy agent anyway.

May 31 2014 at 11:05 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
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BARRY AND KATHY

Or maybe you could just have the agent show you the home inumerable times, drive you around to hundreds of houses and waste weeks hunting for the perfect home for you then have you buy from another agent because you were so damn fussy and blamed the agent instead of looking in a mirror at the real problem.
Once you have it down so the commission works out to minimum wage for the agent. you can feel proud of yourself.

May 31 2014 at 7:43 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Kay

I have heard of a couple around my area who sign a purchase agreement, or make an offer but don't really plan on purchasing the home. It just gets the seller excited that they have sold their homes so soon as this often happens shortly after the home is put on the market. I think most of the real estate people in our area have caught on to the scam by now, but I do know this has happened to a couple people that I know who were selling their homes.

May 31 2014 at 10:38 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply