It’s always important to pick an agent that is experienced & familiar with the area you are buying so that they can fully educate a client on a home and the town it is in. Realtor Magazine talks more about how to make sure you are prepared and can help prevent buyer’s remorse:
It’s not uncommon for home owners to suffer from buyer’s remorse after purchasing a house. Sometimes they discover a thing or two about the home they wish they had considered more carefully before buying — and sometimes they regret the whole transaction. Either way, it’s the real estate agent who usually takes the brunt of the blame. After all, you’re the one who found the house for the buyer.
Buyer’s remorse is “that awful feeling when you figure out something is wrong with the house or you could have done something better — or there’s a better house out there,” says Rhonda Duffy, broker-owner of Duffy Realty of Atlanta. “Agents need to take this seriously. Not everyone can buy a house, and for those who can, you should be rewarded with the luxury of having certainty and clarity — not confusion — in the home purchase.”
Duffy learned that important lesson from her neighbor, who didn’t find out about his home’s history until after he already moved in. At a neighborhood barbecue, someone told him that the previous owner committed suicide in the house. Though Duffy wasn’t his agent, the neighbor approached her with the newly discovered information, saying he now felt uneasy about his purchase.
“I never want one of my clients to feel that way,” Duffy says. “He could have found this out beforehand and made a choice of whether he was comfortable knowing that information. But to find out something after the fact, that clouds his entire purchase.”
Research shows that many agents will have these types of situations on their hands with clients. In a national survey of 2,000 home buyers conducted by HSH.com, 80 percent say they regret at least one thing about their home. The most common regrets included inadequate closet space, too few bathrooms, undesirable neighbors, and subpar schools. In a separate Redfin study of 2,000 buyers, one in four say they wouldn’t buy their home again if given the chance.
Duffy says she wants her buyers to have peace of mind about their purchase long into the future. Here are four ways she accomplishes this.
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