Just the title of this article will make professional real estate agents cringe because they have heard it before. While most agents offer strong and vigorous representation, occasionally, sellers run into one that just isn’t meeting the expectations. The good news is that even if you’ve signed a contract with one of these agents, you may not be stuck.
The first step is to realize that you picked the wrong agent. Ask yourself:
1. Is my agent properly marketing my home for sale?
- Did they use professional photographers, videographers or drone providers?
- Is my home listed on all the public search websites?
- Are they holding open houses for the public and real estate agent showcase?
2. Did my agent offer a complete market analysis?
- Did you see comparable properties that sold recently?
- Are you priced competitively?
3. Does your agent respond quickly to other agents and to you?
4. How often do you hear from your agent? A couple of times a week should be the minimum.
5. Do you get quick feedback after a showing?
Most importantly, do you still have questions that are still unanswered by your agent?
If any of these questions sound familiar, you may have hired the wrong agent. Good news though, you have options. Immediately contact the managing broker for your agent – they can be found in the office where your agent works. Explain your concerns and ask for help. Your contract is with the brokerage, and not the specific agent. They may reassign your listing to another agent or may cancel if it makes sense.
If you suspect you’ve hired the wrong agent, talk to the broker and resolve the issue as quickly as possible. Wasting time can only cost you money.