Whether you’re selling or buying a home, it pays to work with a real estate agent. Unfortunately, not all realtors are alike, and some may be able to help you reach your financial and housing goals more effectively than others while providing a great experience every step of the way.
Others will turn the positive experience into a negative one. Is it time to break up with your real estate agent and find a new one? These signs indicate the answer is yes.
1. Your Agent Is Unresponsive
No agent will be on call 24/7, but they should answer their phone or return calls and emails within a reasonable time frame. They should also be able to work around your schedule to show your home or meet you at different homes to show you around. If you’re constantly having trouble getting a hold of your realtor, you’ll start to feel apprehensive about the relationship—as you rightfully should.
2. Your Agent Doesn’t Listen
Communication is key between you and your real estate agent. Especially at the start of the relationship, they should be listening to your wants and needs and ensuring, as best as possible, that they’re met. They should listen to what you want in a home and neighbourhood and only show you houses that match your requirements, rather than wasting your time with houses you cannot or will not buy.
They should also listen to you when you give them an ideal time frame to buy or sell. Your realtor should feel more like a consultant or advisor than a sales rep. They should always have your best interests at heart.
3. Your Agent Is Inexperienced
If your agent is inexperienced, you’ll likely quickly realize it. In today’s competitive housing market, you need all the experience and expertise you can get sell or buy your home at the price you want and in the time frame you need. Ideally, you should do your homework and research various real estate agents before choosing to work with one. If your realtor doesn’t know the recent trends, doesn’t know anything about competitive market analyses, and hasn’t had time to build a solid reputation, it’s time to find a new one.
4. Your Agent Is Unprofessional
Does your agent continuously cancel your appointments or show up late? Do they look dishevelled when showing your home? Are they sending you to the wrong addresses? Although all agents will make mistakes every now and then, continuous unprofessional behaviour should be unacceptable. You deserve better from the experience and should seek counsel elsewhere.
5. Your Agent Is Pushy or Manipulative
As was already mentioned, your realtor should act more as an advisor than a salesperson. The last thing you want is to be pushed into selling your home at a lower price than its worth or pressured into buying a home that doesn’t meet your needs. You also shouldn’t be pressured into using any mortgage broker or home inspector. A good agent will never manipulate you or push you into making decisions that don’t feel right to you, and you shouldn’t work with a realtor who acts this way.
Though you may be eager to sell or buy a home, it’s important to do your research, read reviews, and ask for recommendations before starting a relationship with any given real estate broker. Doing your research ahead of time will help you partner with an agent who truly has your best interests at heart and will work with you to help you meet your goals. If your agent is making you apprehensive for any reason, it’s time to break up with them and find a new real estate agent instead.