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When is it Time to break up with your Real Estate Agent?


Posted: October 29, 2017 at 12:00 AM by Alan Tucker

If you are using a real estate agent to buy or sell a home, you might have come to the realization that agents earn their living at your expense.  You should not be working with an agent that is more focused on their commission than on your satisfaction.  You want to be sure that the agent you are working with has your best interests in mind and is not just looking to close the deal as quickly as possible.  This agent will get more clients from customer referrals, and with that being said, customer service should be their first priority.  Here are some things that might indicate it’s time to switch agents.
Missing in Action
Is your current agent missing appointments?  Not returning phone calls?  Not setting up showings?  These are all signs that either your agent is too busy or has decided that you are not a client that is going to put money in their hands in the near future.
Rushing
Is your agent pressuring you to make an offer on a house that you aren’t sure of? Or accept an offer with no negotiation?  He or she might cut your appointments short to meet another client or do something personal.  You should not be made to feel rushed to making any decision.  This is a big transaction for you and you need to be sure that you are given the time needed to get the most for your money.
Omits Critical Information
Your agent might conveniently forget to mention that the house you love and want to make an offer on is a short sale.  He or she might neglect to disclose information about the home that could cost you money in the future.  You want to be sure your agent is disclosing all information so that you can make an informed decision.
Search Related Amnesia
Every time you meet with your agent they tend to forget the things on your wish list, such as price range, neighborhood, and the number of bedrooms and bathrooms.  If you have to keep reminding your agent of your needs that is a sign that he or she is not taking the time to listen to you and you are both wasting your time. 
You want to make sure when you choose to use a real estate agent to buy or sell, that he or she comes with good recommendations.  You will enter into a contract with this person, and definitely, don’t want to be stuck with someone who isn’t looking out for you to the end of a contract.  


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