If you are not in a position to purchase a home, you don't need a real estate agent. You can view as many homes as you like, visit open houses, view houses online and get calls from the selling agents, but you are only "looking". Don't waste a real estate agent's time if you aren't ready to act.
Real Estate Agents who work with buyers, spend time behind the scenes prior to showing any homes. By the time, REALTOR® has opened the home for you to view, they have already done their homework which includes ...
- Setting up the showing which means they have made arrangements for the sellers to leave the property. The Seller has cleaned the house, made arrangement to have pets, elder parents and children removed. The Seller may have had to take time off work or postpone family events to do this.
- Your Real Estate Agent has pulled the history on the home, including any price adjustments, if it has recently been relisted, how much it sold for previously,to confirm there is enough equity in the property should you decide to put in an offer.
- Your Real Estate Agent has had a conversation with the selling agent, after taking time to track them down about the property to confirm there are no issues in which a buyer should be aware of such as any property defects, possession date, etc
- After each showing, the selling agent will contact the buyer's REALTOR® for feedback.
If you are viewing more than one home, keep in mind, your real estate agent does this on every home they show you and if you are not in a position to buy, you are wasting time for both the agent, the sellers and their families.