I’ve seen and heard some things lately from friends and family about questionable practices and I feel as though I have to address the issue of when to fire your real estate agent. It’s a point of practice in any profession that when you start to have that sinking feeling about someone or something, you should trust yourself.
How You Know It’s Time to Fire Your Real Estate Agent
1. When there’s no communication. If you repeatedly ask for feedback from your agent and receive none, or you ask to be called and they insist on text/email, or it takes days for them to respond at all about anything. It’s time to move on.
2. You start asking friends for advice because you don’t trust your agents advice. Getting a 2nd or 3rd opinion is one thing, but if you just truly don’t trust the words coming out of your agents mouth – it’s time to move on.
3. You keep doing the same things and getting the same results. This is a very tough market for a buyer. Short of paying all cash, way above list price and waiving all inspections and appraisals, it can be hard to “win” a house. That said, if you constantly employ the same approach and you keep losing, something isn’t working. Perhaps it’s time to change up the way you approach a multiple offer situation, or perhaps you should seek help elsewhere. Something’s gotta go.
4. If you just straight up don’t like them. Don’t work with them!
5. If they ever make you feel like the commission they’re earning is “small” regardless of what it is, they don’t deserve it. I’ve done deals that range from $100k – $1.4m. I treat every client with the same respect and attention. It’s not about the money…it’s about helping someone find their Home (and/or next investment).
You don’t have to work with anyone you don’t want to. Just like Doctors, Babysitters, Car Mechanics, etc. Work with people who you trust!