Does your skin get itchy when you talk to them? Do they keep showing you houses you’d never be interested in? Trust those instincts and watch out for these telltale signs you’re working with the wrong person.

They make a bad first impression

When it comes to real estate agents, the first impression is always telling,”explains Adham Sbeih, the CEO of Socotra Capital, a California-based real estate firm. “If an agent doesn’t pick up the phone the first time you call them, that’s an automatic thumbs down. They’ve already shown themselves to be unreliable, and in an often time-sensitive situation like buying a house, you need them to be there when you need them most.” Don’t miss this 10-step plan to buying your first house in five years.

They don’t get to know you

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Your agent doesn’t need to know your favorite sushi dish, but they should have a general idea of who you are and what your interests are in regards to home buying. For example, you want a safe home near schools or you want to be in an up and coming neighborhood rich with city life. “An agent should be wholeheartedly invested in their client’s buying or selling experience,” shares Dawn Perry, Sr. Vice President of Marketing for ERA Real Estate. “Any agent who doesn’t want to know more about you and your general interests may not be your best bet.”

They don’t listen to your needs and wants

“I would say in the most basic sense that you know you’re working with the wrong realtor when their focus of conversation with a client is not based on the client’s wants and needs but is focused more on the agent’s resumé or a specific home,” says Michael Watson, an Antelope Valley, California-based realtor. It is a good idea to make a list of your non-negotiable wants and needs in a home to keep you and your agent focused.

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Author Profile

John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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John Ford and his staff can be reached at 617-595-3712 or 617-720-5454. Please feel free to stop by John's Boston Beacon Hill office located at 137 Charles Street.

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