While many of these red flags aren’t specific to military families, some agents might treat you differently. As a military family, you may have a tighter timeline or little to no background knowledge of the location. You may also be forced to make a purchase sight-unseen. Here are a few red flags to look out for when selecting or working with an agent. If you feel unhappy or uncomfortable with your agent, don’t be afraid to make a change. There are some tips to help if you find yourself needing to have that conversation.

Unable to Provide Local Recommendations

An agent who cannot recommend local lenders. Throughout the home buying process it is important for you to do your own research and due diligence. However, if your agent isn’t knowledgeable about local lenders and their benefits there could be a problem. Part of the benefit of working with an agent is for their expertise. Even if you don’t use their recommendations, they should have lending, appraisal, and inspection contacts. 

No Flexibility with a Long-distance Move

In an ideal world you purchase a home in the local community that is familiar, where you grew up, or have family. However, you may find yourself negotiating a home purchase on the east coast while you are currently living in Germany. If your real estate agent cannot virtually walk you through your top choices via live FaceTime, that can be a problem. Do you know your agent personally or have a friend you trust going to showings? It’s too much of a gamble if you don’t have trusted inside help. 

No Evenings or Weekends

Real estate agents should understand how their schedule doesn’t fit into a nice 9 to 5 box. That’s the attractiveness of the profession for many – especially military spouses! It’s important to go over schedules and boundaries at the very beginning of your relationship. Maybe you can only see houses on Saturday evenings, but if the agent has regular conflicts with that time slot, you’ll never see or buy a house. No one wants to work every weekend, but knowing that once in a while it might be the only or best time is something you need to discuss. 

Pressure to Buy ASAP

Military families with our last minute orders often move at less than ideal times, making you wish for an abbreviated timeline. However, YOU should be driving the speed of the transaction NOT your agent. You should never feel rushed or pressured to check the boxes and be done. Even if you want to buy a home before school starts, or the holidays, your agent is there to be a voice of reason  through the process thoroughly and intentionally.  

Next! Who Are You Again?

Your agent will have multiple clients, buyers and sellers. You cannot expect them to be only working for you, BUT they should do their best to make you feel that way. Is your agent is sending you the wrong listings, hasn’t updated your search, or continually schedules showings for the one weekday you aren’t available? If they aren’t focused on you, then they’re not listening and doing their best to help you reach your goal of finding a home.

You shop around for everything, so spend a little time vetting local real estate agents to see which one is going to work with your needs. This is someone you should get along with, comforts you in the disappointments, and celebrates the wins. There are enough ups and downs in this process, your relationship with your agent should be one that you can count on.

Looking for a military-friendly real estate agent in your area to buy or sell a home? Click here to fill out our Military Real Estate Questionnaire and we will help find you an agent that is a great fit or send a us a message.

Looking for a military-friendly real estate agent in your area to buy or sell a home? Click here to fill out our Military Real Estate Questionnaire and we will help find you an agent that is a great fit or send a us a message.