9 Ways to Handle Difficult Real Estate Clients and Make Them Happy
Put yourself in their shoes
Just like any other field, it would be naïve to consider real estate an easy job where everyone behaves and reacts the way you would like. Mixed among those who do not have a tendency to make things harder, there will be people who will not negotiate, and others who are just challenging to negotiate with. In order to handle difficult clients in real estate, you need to be sharp, keep up with the latest trends and stay up-to-date. You will also need to bear in mind that some clients may need constant reassurance.
Real estate can be quite a stressful business for clients. There is the anxiety and fear of losing money. This makes some clients in constant need of reassurance. They want to avoid possible wrong moves. Many of the threats they see as imminent, which make them challenge or question every move, will not seem to be as big of a deal to you. However, they do not see the flow of things the way you do. Being an agent, it is your job to try and understand your clients, not the other way around.
Table of Contents
- How to Handle Difficult Real Estate Clients
- Be Honest and Build Trust
- Listen Carefully
- Be Reasonable with The Arrogant Clients
- Get the Do-Nothing Clients To Talk
- Ask High Value Questions
- Don’t Keep the Clients in the Dark
- Always Show That You Care
- Always Try to Make the Client Feel Better
- Bring out the Positivity in Negative Clients
- How to Handle Difficult Real Estate Clients: Final Words
How to Handle Difficult Real Estate Clients
In order to ease the process and also improve your client relationship there are a few points you need to keep in mind:
Be Honest and Build Trust
This is the first thing you need to do with all clients and difficult ones in particular. First and foremost you need to create trust so that clients will feel comfortable with you. They should know they can share everything. The best way to achieve trust is to be honest with your client. Do not assure them about things that you are not sure about yourself. Tell them what they need to expect, even if you think they may not like it. Creating false hopes by promising them their house will sell in a week when you know it will take months, will only make them happy in the beginning.
If you find yourself dealing with a client who is on the fence or does not want to negotiate, it may be a sign of something you are not yet aware of. In this case what you can do is to listen carefully to what they say to find out what they need, what they want, and what concerns them. This will help you understand your clients better and will able you to try and dispel their worries. In most cases, their concerns are easily solved but if left ignored, they will grow into more serious issues.
Failing to carefully listen to your clients will almost always result in disagreements about what happened and what they wanted. This will definitely make your client dissatisfied with your services. When you listen to those who are happy with their agent, almost all say the agent was understanding and cared about their concerns and needs. Remember that in every business the customer comes first. In real estate, the wants of the client come first, no matter how great you think you are at what you do.
Be Reasonable with The Arrogant Clients
If you find yourself dealing with know-it-all clients with big egos, you need to tread carefully. They will question your decisions and even make fun of them or call you crazy for listing their home for a price they disagree with. In this case, do not fire back at them as it will not help anyone. Instead, be reasonable and challenge their claims. Ask them why to think they are right and back up your decisions with facts. Show them where they are mistaken. In the end, they will realize they do not know as much as you and will ideally drop their aggressive stance.
Get the Do-Nothing Clients To Talk
Some clients would rather leave everything to you and blame you in the end. These people will answer all of your WH questions with “I don’t know”. In this case, you need to guess what they want and then ask Yes/No questions based on those assumptions. I think the bedrooms are big enough for you. Right? They still may choose to say “I don’t know” but your chances of getting some feedback is much higher compared to when you ask open-ended questions.
Ask High Value Questions
Apart from listening, you need to voluntarily get the client to voice their needs and wants. In some cases, the client has no idea what to say and what to do. If left unattended in later stages, serious issues may arise. By asking important questions, you will get to know your client as a person and will learn how to work for them. After all, not everybody is the same. Things that are trivial for some, may be of the utmost importance for others.
Asking questions should be done in a way that gives you insight into the personality traits of the client. In this way, you can prevent unpleasant situations or misunderstandings. Ask questions about what really matters to them in the deal, and what they really would not want. Real estate can be a stressful field for many clients. Getting to know such vulnerabilities will help you create a smooth and hassle-free experience.
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