Find An Agent Who Puts YOU First
When it comes to buying a home, whether you’re a rookie homebuyer or have gone through the process many times, having a local real estate expert who can guide you EVERY STEP of the way through the buying process AND puts your wants and needs FIRST should be your goal. What does that look like? One great fictional example of an agent who would always be in your corner and looking out for your best interests is one of the main characters on ABC’s Modern Family, Phil Dunphy. For those who aren’t familiar, the character Phil is a Realtor with a huge heart who always strives to do his best for his clients. In one recent episode, Phil even shared the oath that he created and holds himself accountable to:
“On my honor, I promise to aid in man’s quest for shelter, to recognize I’m not just in the business of houses — I’m in the business of dreams in the shape of houses. To disclose all illegal additions, shoddy construction, murders, and ghosts. And to put my clients’ needs before my own.”
Of course, this “mission statement” is a bit silly (what do you expect from Modern Family, right?) and was definitely written with humor in mind, but the themes of helping someone achieve the American Dream and putting a client’s needs above your own are not to be taken lightly. If a Realtor seems to be putting things like the commission they may earn, the opinion they may have about the house or neighborhood, the number of homes you’ve viewed first, before your wants and needs as a buyer, that’s a concern you should bring to their attention right away!
When you make the decision to enter the housing market, as either a buyer or a seller, make sure you look for an agent who exemplifies these values and will help you through every step of the process. Someone who is working with you to find you a home or to sell your house should be primarily concerned with what’s best for you, not for themselves. What does that look like in the real world? Well, if you’re in the Dallas area, give me a call and let me show you!