I'm wondering if my expectations are realistic or not and hope you can help.
The Realtor I hired to sell my house (who ended up representing a buyer instead), I hired because she seemed very experienced and intuitive (maybe not the best phrase to describe it but close). So her husband ended up working for me selling which I didn't appreciate but such was the situation. Now she is out of the country for a while, he is showing me the homes to buy. Yesterday was our first run at it.
I can't complain about how ethical or knowledgable he is about real estate or how much attention he is paying to me etc. (He's also a very nice guy, no problem there) but one thing is driving me nuts. My expectation (from my first and only Realtor buying experience a number of years ago which I may not be remembering correctly) is the Realtor would offer some 'value added' type information. Things like whether the list price is reasonable, what might be a good intro offer, how fast sales are going in particular districts (or price ranges) etc. and so on. I'm not getting that. I'm not even getting hints from this guy. Bascially I guess I feel I am working in the dark when it comes to price and expected the Realtor to offer up thier experience for that sort of info.
Yesterday I saw 2 houses, across the alley from each other with a $90,000 list difference and he couldn't really tell me if that was reasonable given the differences in lot and house size. Basically I was told to figure out what it was worth to me (which I think is quite flip given how nuts prices are around here and I couldn't make any sense of that price difference without more information about the prices in the area).
Today I asked for a listing of all solds for the past month in that area. I guess I expected him to come with it while we were in the area looking. Anyway, I sort of thought this was something I shouldn't need to ask for. Meanwhile, I now fully expect I will have to analyze that info myself but didn't think I would have to when we started out here.
Part of my criteria is no corner lots, no feeder streets or heavy traffic within roughly a block. Yesterday we see a house on a huge corner lot that is facing a sound barrier to one of the busiest 6 lane expressways around. When I said I wasn't interested given the location and corner, he hands me a map book (in the nicest way) so I can check before we go out. I'm thinking they're the folks with all the computerized city maps and such, it's them that should be double checking before contacting me... but maybe I am off base.
So, for those of you who have had more experience at this, did your Realtors make suggestions regarding price, strategies, and such? Did they weed out the duds before you went out or did you have to do some double checking first?
Since the market is nuts, I am in a hurry to cover the market and don't feel like waiting until the original Realtor gets back in 10 days or so. I also don't feel like wasting time looking at places and then not knowing what to do. I know from the selling experience, this guy is not going to suggest, he only says what is allowed, legal, ethical as that is exactly what I ran into selling and luckily it didn't really matter given the situation .
Right now I am just waiting for him to call about seeing a couple more places either tonight or tomorrow. I guess I have to decide whether to call someone else to work with or not but I don't want to go with someone else if he is doing all that he is supposed to be doing.
What do you think?