If the goal of communication is to understand and to be understood, then sharing information can only help your real estate professional do the best job possible for you.

Your real estate professional should listen to your dreams, goals, and hurdles that must be overcome. By the same token, you should be ready to hear and act upon the expertise and information they bring to you. With this knowledge, your real estate professional has a better grasp of who you are and what you want to achieve. Without it, they may be working at cross-purposes to your needs.

The key word is sharing. Share information about yourself and ask your real estate agent to share information as well. Consider how they received their training, their specialties, and how knowledgeable they are about the marketplace where you are buying or selling your home.

Goals: Consider your long term goals. What is your objective in buying or selling your home, is it an investment or a long-term occupancy? Where are you planning to move? How soon?

Interests: Take into account personal interests and its locations. Do you want to be near work, near a specific school, or near certain amenities? What are the interests of the other members of your household? Which are the priorities when it comes time to select a home?

Challenges: Given the current lending environment, even those with good credit face challenges when buying or selling a home. Do you have a home to sell before you purchase? Have you checked your credit scores? Do you have a down payment? Have you been prequalified by a lender?

Lifestyle and Preferences: The type of home you purchase can make a difference to your personal comfort. Is there a type of architecture you prefer? How many bedrooms and baths do you think you’ll need? Do you prefer one or two story homes? Or three? Do you prefer a walk able community?

There are pros and cons to every choice you make. Exploring both sides of any question or consideration can help you to truly understand that you’re buying more than a condo or a single-family home – you’re buying an environment for the next few years at least. Good communication can help you meet your goals and avoid disappointment. Your real estate professional wants you to be as happy and satisfied with your choices as possible. Ask your real estate professional as many questions as you want. Ample communication will increase your likelihood of making the best choice possible for your household.