Choosing the right real estate agent to help you sell your home is a crucial part of the process. Interviewing several before making a decision is often a good idea and doing a little ‘detective work’ into their past performance does not hurt either.
Sometimes however what seemed like a good fit at the beginning of the home buying or home selling process between client and agent turns out, as the days and weeks go on, to not be quite as harmonious after all. However, there are many ways to gauge if your agent is doing a good job. Here we look at some of the top signs of a bad real estate agent.
Communication is Stalled
If you are buying or selling your home it’s perfectly natural that the venture is on your mind pretty much every day. And while you can’t expect your real estate agent to check in with you every day if they do not have a potential buyer for you or a great new listing for you to consider, if a week goes by and they haven’t checked in then that’s not a good sign. He or she should be touching base with you regularly to keep you up to date on the work being done on your behalf And if they don’t then it may be time to make a change.
They are Not Great Leaders
By definition, a real estate agent is supposed to be a real estate expert. It’s their job to offer solid advice and guidance throughout the buying or selling process. If your real estate agent agrees with you on every point – especially asking price – this is the sign of someone who’s just eager to please–not someone who’s committed to doing the best possible job at representing your interests in the real estate market.
Just Aren’t Making Enough Marketing Efforts
Most real estate agents will use all of the tools at their disposal to market your home to the public and help you find a new one that meets your needs. Some, however, will do next to nothing and rely on other real estate agents to market your home to their clients.
You have a right to expect that a real estate agent will get great photographs taken of your property, write good descriptions and market it anywhere where it might draw interest. These days this should include real estate websites, social media channels, local print listings and more. Sure, your home might sell without this extra effort, but is that really the kind of person to whom you want to pay a commission?
They are a Little Too Pushy
As we mentioned earlier, a good real estate agent will offer their advice and expertise. However, if you feel your agent pushing you in any particular direction, this should send up a red flag. Especially when you’re buying a home, there is no real reason an agent should want you to buy any particular home over another.
If you get the feeling this isn’t the case, you could be being steered toward homes listed by your agent or your agent’s brokerage, which can produce additional commissions for your agent. That’s against the rules, but that does not mean it does not happen.