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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