Communicate Effectively Depending on a variety of factors (home price, location, condition and accessibility) you will likely work with your agent anywhere from 6 months to 2 years. Because of this, it is important to develop strong communication skills with your agent. Make sure you notify your agent as to what your expectations are. Let them know how frequently you would like an update and what form of communication you prefer (phone, email or text). Although, any professional agent will establish this with you from the beginning, it is always helpful for sellers to stay one step ahead of the process and feel empowered.