Whether you are buying or selling, there are many advantages to using the services of a broker or agent. If you are buying,
Eighty-eight percent of buyers purchased their home through a real estate agent or broker—a share that has steadily increased from 69 percent in 2001. If you are selling, thirty-nine percent of sellers who used a real estate agent found their agents through a referral by friends or family, and 25 percent used the agent they had used previously. (Source NAR)
We’ve all heard the horror stories of the listing that wouldn’t sell, or the purchase that became a money pit. A proper Realtor would help you navigate around these problems, but what if your agent is a dud? When do you fire your Realtor?
The house isn’t selling. Much has been written about the various reasons a house doesn’t sell, but let us save you the trouble: it’s always because the price is too high. Often the seller insists on a price above market. If your agent just accepted your price without argument, fire your agent and hire one who has succeeded in helping other sellers in your area.
We rarely hear from our agent. This is probably the biggest complaint about agents – that they are not staying in touch. If your own enthusiasm to buy or sell is low, agents go where the action is. If you are highly motivated, then fire your agent and find one with the communication skills you need.
Someone else is living in our house. Desirable homes are coming on the market and selling right away, before your agent tells you about them. You need the agent that represented the people who bought the house. We can match you with her. Fire your agent.
He has been making erroneous or misleading statements about the property. Go to the broker or manager of his company. Both you and the broker should fire this agent.
My agent keeps sending her assistant. Maybe she gives personal service to her more important clients? Fire your agent.
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