Like used car salesman, lawyers and IT professionals, real estate agents often get a bad rap. Perhaps this disdain comes from a horrible experience with a real estate agent or maybe it’s just because you have never dealt with a professional agent who really puts your needs first.

For whatever reason, many people perceive real estate agents as opportunistic snakes only looking to score some easy money. If that is what you think, it is not too late to change your perception of real estate agents. Your realtor at William Raveis Real Estate offers reasons why people don’t always like real estate agents.

Poor Communication

You may have had a bad experience with a real estate agent who never seemed to return or call or email in a timely manner. Clients have a lot of questions when they are in the midst of buying or selling a house and they would like them answered as soon as possible.

Most real estate agents are attached to their smartphones and unless they are with another client or in a meeting, will get back to you as soon as possible.

Real Estate Agents Don’t Have to Work for Their Commission

Many people have this perception that real estate agents don’t work hard at all. Many think all real estate agents do is list a house, take a few pictures, make a phone call or two and stand around during showings.

And in no time, the house is sold, contracts are signed and the real estate agent never even broke a sweat. At worst, they may have strained their wrist unlocking the door to a house for a showing.

What is often easily overlooked is that your real estate agent may have shown a home multiple times a day and have been involved in some intense negotiations along the way.

Perceived Lack of Transparency

Most people aren’t aware of the extensive knowledge their real estate agent has when it comes to buying or selling a home. This makes many clients feel a little leery about trusting someone who is going to lead them through what will likely be the biggest purchase of their lives.

Just know that your real estate agent is an expert when it comes to buying or selling houses and they will be open and honest answering any questions you might have.

Real Estate Agents aren’t Tech Savvy

You don’t often encounter a real estate agent who will whip out their smartphone and show you listings in Zillow or pictures of houses you might be interested in on Trulia.

It is very likely that as a buyer, you have probably already hit these websites and did a few searches. Most real estate agents are aware of this and validate your initiative by asking if there are any homes you discovered online that you would like to see.

If you are interested in jumping into the housing market with the help of a friendly and knowledgeable real estate agent, contact William Raveis Real Estate.