It’s not you… it’s them. Here’s how to know your relationship with your REALTOR(R) isn’t quite working, and that it’s time to cut the cord.
There are close to 40,000 real estate agents in the United States.
If you’re considering ending your relationship with your current real estate agent, your gut is probably already telling you the right thing.
Still, you want to feel good about your choice. It may be hard to tell if you’re overreacting to your agent’s behavior.
Our list of the top 5 signs it’s time to break up with your real estate agent will help you know when it’s time to go.
They’re Showing You The Wrong Houses
It’s important to see a variety of houses before you make a commitment, but if your agent is constantly showing you homes you can’t afford or that don’t fit your “wish list” it’s not a good sign.
If your real estate agent is wasting your time, ask if the issue is just that there aren’t homes in your price range with everything on your wish list.
This will give your agent the nudge they need to show you better homes.
In real estate, every minute counts. If your real estate agent seems to take a long time to return your calls, you could miss out on the home of your dreams.
If your agent always seems to have a full voicemail box, if they don’t reply to emails, or if they just drop off the face of the earth, it’s time to move on.
They’re Too Focused On Commission
Sure, earning the majority of your salary from commission is a stressful business, especially when the housing market has been all over the place in the past few years.
But if your real estate is constantly pushing you to look at homes out of your price range, or if they seem to be putting the pressure on when it comes to pricier homes, it’s time to get out.
Also, make sure they’re negotiating on your behalf!
A good real estate agent knows that, even if a client is looking for a lower-priced home, they’re still incredibly valuable – especially when it comes to potential referrals.
They’re Talking Over And For You
As the actual buyer of the home, you’re the one who has all the power – not your real estate agent.
If your agent is intentionally withholding information from you in order to make the sale, or if they’re making serious financial choices for you, it’s a huge red flag.
Your agent shouldn’t be interfering in your correspondence with a seller or your mortgage agent without your knowledge and consent.
If your agent isn’t showing you the big picture and small details of your contract and offer, get out now.
Shows You Bad Homes – Intentionally
Unfortunately, this is an all-too-common trick. A real estate agent may intentionally show you run-down, awful homes right before taking you to a nicer home so you feel more ready to buy.
Likely, it’s a home they’ve been trying to unload for a while.
If you feel like you’re being shown old homes in need of repair, speak up or get out.
It’s Not You – It’s Them
Bad real estate agents are out there, but so are incredible ones.
How can you find them?