Monday 22 July 2013

Breaking Up is Hard to Do When to Dump Your Agent

Breaking Up is Hard to Do When to Dump Your Agent

Breaking Up is Hard to Do: When to Dump Your Agent

There's no doubt that breaking up is hard to do. Sometimes, breaking up is in your best interest. Take the relationship with your real-estate agent as an example. You hired your agent to do a job; if he isn't doing it, it's time to kick him to the curb. Here are signs to know that it's time to break up with your agent and find someone new:

#1.You Aren't Important

A good agent will treat you like a VIP, no matter the commission available on the sale of your house. You should expect your agent to work as hard to sell a $100,000 home as she does to sell a million dollar home. If your agent makes you feel as though she has more important clients to meet with, dump her and find someone else.

#2.Nothing is Explained

Whether you're selling your first home or your fifth, your agent should take the time to explain the process to you. A good agent assumes that you know nothing about selling a house until you say otherwise. Even if you know the basics, your agent may have a style of working that is different than what you're used to. If your agent fails to explain things to you before any contracts are signed, move on.

#3.She's Green and Shows It

Every real estate agent has to start somewhere. Hiring an agent with a shiny new license isn't necessarily a bad thing, provided the agent has a strong work ethic and does the right things. If, on the other hand, your agent is new and has the appearance of having no idea what she's doing, find someone with a few more listings under her belt.

#4.He's a Bully

A good agent, according to Suzette Baker of Coldwell Banker Alliance Realty in Whittier, California, is there to counsel you and advise you of your options. A bad agent is one who bullies you into accepting an offer that you aren't comfortable with or tries to rush you through the process. If your agent is insulting, insolent or just plain rude, find someone else to work with.

#5.Your Agent Shirks the Rules

Your agent should never try to bend the rules or manipulate the system, no matter how beneficial. If your agent tells you that she knows someone who will appraise your house in your favor sight unseen, that's a clear sign to find a different agent. Likewise, if your agent tries to talk you into leaving repairs unfinished, lower your asking price unfairly or otherwise do something that goes against your ethics, run the other way.

#6.She is Incommunicado

You don't have to be attached at the hip, but your agent should return phone calls and emails in a timely manner. Remember that your agent has a job to do; she isn't sitting at her desk biting her nails to hear from you. Expecting her to respond to your queries immediately is unfair. If, on the other hand, you have to chase your agent down to get an answer to a question, she's not doing the job you hired her to do.


There are thousands of fantastic real estate agents out there to choose from. If you've had the bad luck to choose one of the bad ones, there's nothing that says you have to stick with him. If, at any point in the process, you feel as though you aren't being treated fairly by your agent, dump him and find a new one.

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