When you decide to list your house with a real estate agency, you will choose an agent, and that agent will be your contact person. Everything that happens with the sale of your house should go through your agent, and you should avoid talking about your house to other agents. A real estate seller talking to other agents could seem innocent, but here are several things you should know about this.
You might reveal the wrong details
Most agents will not want homeowners to be home during showings for several reasons, and one reason is so the homeowners will not speak to the buyers. A homeowner might think that offering details about the house or their situation might be helpful in the deal, but the details offered might actually push the buyer away from the home.
If you want to sell your house, do not talk to potential buyers, even if you think what you are saying is innocent. You might end up revealing the wrong details about the house, and this could cause buyers to rule out buying your house. In this case, they may move on to find a different house to buy.
You might reveal your level of motivation or desperation
Secondly, if you talk to buyers, you might accidentally reveal your level of motivation, or even desperation, to sell. If buyers know you are desperate to sell, they may use this to their advantage. If so, you might end up receiving a lowball offer on your house. If the buyers had not known your desperation, they may have offered you a higher amount for your home. While you can tell your own agent your level of motivation, he or she will not use it against you when negotiating on a deal for your house.
You should refer agents and buyers to your agent
Whenever anyone asks you questions about your house, you should instantly refer them to your real estate agent. Your agent can answer all their questions in a way that will not harm the deal for you, and this is always the best way to handle this.
It is very important for you to always refer people to your own agent when selling a house, and this even includes people who drop by simply to find out if they can see your house right now. If you have questions about this, talk to your real estate agent.