It wouldn't shock you if I said that communication is key to a good relationship. How many of us have had relationships end because of problems communicating? How many of us have enjoyed healthy, positive relationships, in part, because of good communication?
Well, guess what, romantic relationships aren't the only relationships that depend on good communication. Working relationships do as well. Specifically, I'm referring to the working relationship you're going to have with the real estate agent you hire to help sell your home and/or find you a new one to buy.
Communication is key.
The real estate agent you hire to represent you is going to go to bat for you, look out for your interests, provide advice and guidance - but you need to communicate with them.
If there's something you don't understand - ask them.
If something changes about your wants and needs in the middle of your search - tell them.
If something changes about the house you're selling, while you're selling it - tell them.
If there's something you want in a home - tell them.
If there's something you absolutely don't want in a home - tell them. This is particularly true for items that don't have to be disclosed, but that, as a buyer, you have concerns about. For example, if it would bother you buying a house that had a death occur in it, you need to talk to you agent so that they can look out for your specific needs.
The only way your agent will be able to serve your needs and look out for your best interests is if you communicate with them. And, when you sign an agreement with your agent, whether it's a seller's agreement or a buyer's agreement, they will make that same commitment to communicate with you, throughout your transaction.