Understanding the Estate
Estate Agents generally
have a bad reputation. But consider how many other professions
would share their fate if they were constantly in the middle
of the nightmare that home buying often is.
The fact is Agents can either
be pleasant and easy going or people you'd
rather not sit beside on a long journey - in other words a fairly
cross section of humanity.
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People say that anyone can
be an Estate Agent; that they're unqualified
and their job's a doddle. Well up to a point perhaps. But "never
underestimate your enemy". The good ones are very very
good. The bad ones
probably won't survive the first recession.
When times are good
ie the market is "hot", and there
are more buyers than
sellers, Estate Agents may treat you badly ie not return your
send you the promised information. However, when the market slows,
good ones' will be a model of cooperation.
Estate Agents have seen
many buyers and sellers come and go, while we, the
punters, usually have very limited experience of them. So don't
tricks - emotional or otherwise - on them. They've seen it all
Like any humans, treat them
positively, with respect and they're likely to
respond more favourably to you than to someone who talks down
Don't alienate the Estate
Agent. They have some sway over their client and
you don't want to be bad mouthed unnecessarily.