I remember it well. December 25, 1998 – Christmas morning. The solitaire diamond was hiding on the tag of a sweater I had been eyeing. My boyfriend was so nervous, he forgot to ask the question to make it official. Eventually, he did and I said yes. But did we really know what we were in for? Did we know each other well enough to commit to eternity? Would I always have his back and would he support my dreams? These are questions we needed to consider before we signed that legally binding contract.
It’s very similar to choosing a real estate agent. First of all, are they just a real estate agent or are they a Realtor? Do you even know the difference? Will they have your back and support your dreams or are they focusing on their own agenda? Do you trust them with what might equate to hundreds of thousands of your hard earned dollars? Evaluate those questions now before committing.
Just like dating, there are numerous ways to meet a Realtor. Personal referral from a friend or a pushy relative, at a social event, or even online are all great ways to meet. It’s up to you to take it from there and see if this is a mutually beneficial relationship worth pursuing. Communication is key. Both parties must communicate to make it work. If you have a skeleton in your closet, get it out now. It will come out sooner or later and it’s better to be in control of the delivery. If you’re not happy with how the relationship is progressing, speak up, don’t expect the other person to read your mind. In the end, you either want to stick with it for the long haul or you want to move on. No relationship is without its trials but with a solid foundation and mutual respect, it can last a lifetime, even when engaging a Realtor.
Join me next time for 10 questions to ask when interviewing a real estate agent.
Michelle Froedge is a residential Realtor and Principal Broker in the Greater Nashville and Williamson County areas of Tennessee. “Mom” to four-legged fur babies, Tyler and Livvie, Auntie to Zelamie, she is a vegetarian and sings in her spare time. Michelle has lived in Nashville and Franklin since 1997 and has been selling homes since 2004.