Five Mistakes Sellers Make When Choosing a Southeast Michigan Real Estate Agent

Posted in Homes for Sale Southeast Michigan by Michigan Real Estate Expert on May 30th, 2011

One of the most important decisions you’ll make when either buying or selling a home is selecting a Southeast Michigan real estate agent.  Picking the right agent for you can save you time, effort, aggravation and money.

Lee Morof is a southeast Michigan real estate agent and attorney

Here are five mistakes to avoid when choosing your Southeast Michigan real estate agent:

1. Going about it backwards.  Many people start by finding a home for sale they want to visit and then calling about that home.  Instead, select your real estate agent first.  Your agent will help you identify what you want in a home, and will then find homes that meet those criteria.  You’ll save time and frustration by visiting only those homes that fit your needs.

2. Using an agent who represents both you and the other buyer or seller.  This is called dual agency.  A listing agent who also represents the buyer is a dual agent. Dual agents must treat both the seller and the buyers equally.  Which would you prefer, an agent who works exclusively for your best interests or one who has to consider both the seller’s and the buyer’s best interests?

3. Hiring the first agent you meet.  Yes, it takes time to interview at least three real estate agents,  but it’s worth it.  You’ll save that time and more in the long run when you find a knowledgeable agent you enjoy working with.  Making an impulsive decision by saying yes to an agent as soon as he’s finished his presentation is never a good idea.  Take the time to visit with multiple agents, compare their credentials and styles and only then make your selection.

4. Choosing an agent because he’s the only one who agrees with your selling price.  That lone agent who agrees with you may not have done the research needed to set the best price or he may just be telling you what you want to hear.  If multiple agents state that your selling price is wrong, listen to them.  You’re looking for the best advice, not a yes man (or woman).

5. Skipping the reference check.  Even if you’re a great judge of character, take the time and effort to check agents’ references before hiring them.  Ask for at least three references from recent real estate transactions the agent has completed, then follow-up by calling those references.  Ask the clients how they felt about their experience with the agent, if they’d use the agent again, what the best thing was about their experience and what the worst thing was about their experience.

If you’re looking for a Southeast Michigan real estate agent in Oakland County Michigan, I’d be honored to have an opportunity to interview for the job.  Please give me a call today at 248-514-2640 or email me at to schedule an interview.

Lee Morof
Associate Broker/Certified Distressed Property Expert/Attorney
RE/MAX Showcase Homes, Birmingham, Michigan
Call:  248-514-2640

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