If you’re thinking about buying or selling your Smith Mountain Lake home, then you’ve probably started researching real estate agents and the relationships therein. You might reach out to friends and family members for advice on what to expect when buying or selling a home, and you’ll certainly receive a lot of tips worth considering. But if you’re overwhelmed with all of the information heading your way, here are a few myths to look out for when it comes to choosing and working with a real estate agent.

All Agents Are the Same

You might think that every real estate agent is comparable, but that’s very untrue. Most experienced agents have specialties such as a buyer’s agent or seller’s agent. Perhaps they focus on condos, or maybe development lots. Plus, each agent has their own approach to buying and/or selling a home. They have their own network of leads and marketing strategies, not to mention the time and effort that goes into building their business and reputation. Do your research and find a real estate agent that specializes in your needs.

You Can’t Switch Real Estate Agents

If you’re selling your home, you sign a contract with your real estate agent and the brokerage that represents them. The contract identifies the length of the term in which you and your real estate agent will be working together. In that sense, you are under contract with that particular agent.

However, if the relationship isn’t going well, it’s worth asking the agent and/or the brokerage firm if you can be released from the agreement.

It’s important to do your research on your real estate agent before you sign an agreement. Ask for a consultation so that you can learn more about how that agent markets listings and discuss what your expectations are for selling your property.

You Don’t Really Need a Real Estate Agent

In this on-demand society, it’s not unlikely for home buyers to assume that they can point and click their way to a new home. In reality, it’s not that simple.

As a buyer, you need an advocate who is looking out for your best interest. Do not try to buy a home without a licensed, professional real estate agent.

If you’re ready to buy or sell your Smith Mountain Lake home, then call me directly so that I can answer any questions that you may have. Together we’ll determine the best course of action to buy or sell your home.