Buying and listing homes for sale can be a very positive transaction for both parties. It can also foster some misunderstandings and headaches if the communications go awry. Here are some things to consider for smooth communications between buyers and sellers.
Keep Your Real Estate Agent in the Loop
First of all, real estate agents are trained to facilitate communication between buyers and sellers. If you hire your own real estate agent to handle your communications for you, you can be sure that they will speak for your best interests and in a professional manner. They will also understand when communication is necessary and when certain details (such as details about other properties you're looking at) may not be in your best interests to share. The other party will also have a second contact to go to if you can't be reached and they have something urgent to communicate.
Make Sure the House Is Inspected
Another thing that helps both parties is to have homes for sale inspected for critical issues. On the side of the buyer, it's obviously a good idea to know what work needs to be done so that you can make an informed offer. But the seller also benefits from an inspection; it prevents a deal from falling through at the last second if all of the problems with the house are mentioned upfront. And, you don't want to be in the position of having angry buyers on your hands if they find out later on that there was a major issue with the home.
Make Sure Everything Is Written Down
A third best practice is to make sure that all details are written down and signed by both parties. While you might build up some trust and rapport with your buyer or seller, you still don't want there to be any chance of confusion about what the other party is obligated to do. You're dealing with large sums of money, where disputes can be costly and stakes are high for both sides.
These tips are designed to make sure that both sides are well informed and have adequate lines of contact to get a housing deal to go through quickly. It's up to you how much communication you want to do yourself and how much you want a real estate agent to do. However, keeping these principles in mind is great for both buyer and seller.