Selling your home is hard work. Most people know that in order to sell their home quickly, without stress (or at least as little as possible), and for the best value, you’re going to need a real estate agent. But what do you do if you feel like your agent isn’t really working for you? Finding a good agent is tough, and it may seem like you’re stuck. You’re not. You can--and should--find a new agent if yours is not getting you the results they promised or that you’re looking for. Here are a few signs you need a new agent, and soon.
1. Your home isn’t selling, and it seems like your agent isn’t trying.
If your home has been on the market for weeks without a single bite, showing, call, or inquiry, then it’s time to set up a meeting with your agent to discuss new ways to attract buyers. Ask your agent for weekly updates and stats on views of your property to make sure that they’ve listed it in all of the places they said they would and are actually working on selling your home. But if your agent can’t provide or isn’t bringing anything new to the table, then it might be time to find someone who will get you results.
2. Your agent is nearly impossible to get in touch with.
Of course, all agents are going to have other clients and things to do, so it’s unrealistic to expect immediate responses each time you ask a question. However, if your agent consistently doesn’t respond to any of your calls, texts, or emails in a timely manner, then it might be time to look for someone more responsive and attentive.
3. Your agent makes you uncomfortable.
You should never be put into a situation with your real estate agent where you’re feeling pressured to make a deal, to buy a house that isn’t the one, to buy more house than you can afford, or feeling disrespected during the buying process. Buying and selling a home is a stressful process and working with an agent who isn’t respecting your wishes can make you feel helpless and put you into a situation that you’re not happy with. If you’re feeling uncomfortable with your agent, or dreading every interaction with them, it’s time to find someone who is much happier to work with you.
4. Your agent makes you feel ignored.
If your agent is consistently showing you homes that don’t fit your criteria or is making moves for you in the sale of your home without consulting you first, that’s a big warning sign that they’re not listening to you. Find an agent who is going to search high and low to get everything on your wish list and nothing on your don’t want list, as well as include you in every single step of the buying and selling process.
You should be happy with your realtor every step of the way. Buying and selling a home is no small feat, so if you’re unhappy or feeling helpless or stuck at any point of the process, it’s time to find someone new to work with. Contact me if you’re looking for an agent who’s really going to work for you.