Why People Really Divulge So Much To Their Real Estate Agents

Whether you're a proud homeowner or looking forward to purchasing your first home, you probably have a general idea of what the buying process looks like. Making an offer, getting it approved, moving in, and... oversharing with your real estate agent? Yup! Although you might not expect it, you'll probably find yourself telling the real estate agent a little too much information before you close the deal, and it's more common than you think, according to Realtor.

If you own a home and cringe at the number of personal details you told your real estate agent, just know that you're not alone. Whether you're buying a house or a condo, the process creates a perfect storm of emotions that leave you exhausted and primed to overshare, and lots of people fall into this trap. Fortunately, that means that your real estate agent is probably used to it — and anything embarrassing you might've said probably doesn't stick out. But why are real estate agents such ideal targets for oversharing? According to Realtor, it all comes down to the fact that the home buying process is an emotional process.

Buying a home? Get ready for stress

It's no secret that buying a home is an emotional journey. You fall in love with a house and get your hopes up, you put in an offer and worry someone will outbid you, and you shed lots of your financial security, maybe taking on major debt. While the process can also bring you incredible satisfaction and provide security down the line, it's far from easy. Plus, when you're tense, little stressors (like family members pestering you to buy a home close to them) can be the straw that breaks the camel's back. Everything seems to be blown out of proportion.

Enter your real estate agent. You spend a lot of time together, they're familiar with your financial situation, and you've probably already had a few conversations about your future goals. When things get frustrating, many people find themselves oversharing with their real estate agent. While this isn't a bad thing (talking with someone is a great way to deal with stress, according to the Center for Disease Control), it's definitely an overlooked part of the real estate process that you shouldn't be ashamed of.