Three Things to Never Say in Front of a Seller’s Agent

There are some times when homebuyers tour homes with not only their own agents, but also the seller's agents. It is during these times it's wise if buyers refrain from uttering certain words that may impede their house hunting progress. Take the polite route, but keep your comments to yourself until you can share them with your agent in confidence.

Three phrases better left unsaid in front of seller's agents include:

  1. "This house is perfect." Even if there is absolutely nothing you would change about the home, you don't need to advertise that the property is ideal. When you alert the seller's agent that you are seriously interested, you could be reducing the negotiation power of your own agent. "I love this place," and "This is exactly what I've been looking for," are phrases along the same lines.
  3. "I can't believe what they're asking for this place." If you make this statement in regards to the home being priced well, then you may not be able to get a better price. There's always a lower price, and why shouldn't you get it? If you say the house is priced too high, then it could appear you're making a derogatory comment.
  5. "This is the ugliest home I've ever seen." There's no need to be outright rude. If you don't care for the property, simply leave. When a seller's agent asks what you think, just reply that this home is not for you.

Keeping the lines of communication open with your own agent is the way to go, but it's another story in front of seller's agents. Knowing what to say in front of which real estate agent professionals can easily help you secure the right home.

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