Top Ten Signs that Tell It’s Time to Fire Your Realtor
10. Your realtor called more times before the listing appointment than in the 3 months following.
9. It’s been two weeks and there still isn’t a single photo posted on MLS
8. The directions on the MLS listing sheet direct buyers to another property
7. Open houses are “Wine and Cheese” parties and your agent is the only one there to drink the wine – and he finishes the bottle – at the open house
6. Their voice message mailbox is full & their recording says they’re out of the country
5. Their advertising plan consists of planting a sign in front of your property
4. The MLS photo on the landing page shows the broken garage door half open, hanging on one hinge/side (serious, I just say that today on a REO property – nice huh!)
3. You hired the “Top Producer In Town” but never saw or heard from them again after the listing appointment
2. Your agent's working hours are from 2-3 p.m.
1. Every phone call is such a rambling monologue you never get a chance to get heard
Communication – Commitment : Constantly
Ok, so I'm teasing a bit with the Top Ten Signs that Tell It's Time to Fire Your Realtor. But seriously, you need to know what’s going on behind the scenes of your home sale. Where are they advertising, who are they calling, what is the market absorption rates and/or sales statistics, is your house priced effectively, what is the buyer feedback, do your online photos need to be updated, etc. Make sure you are fully aware of your Realtor’s market plan, and make sure they are following it.
Take a detailed look at your MLS flyer – is the address correct, taxes current, are their spelling errors and typos, is there a nice description, does the main photo show the home in an attractive light?
Lastly, be honest with yourself. Is your home AVAILABLE to view – lockbox, easy accessibility (no 24 hour advance appointment), is your Pit Bull staying with a family member, have repairs been made, is your house CLEAN and clutter free?
Go over these questions, and then decide, Is it Time to Fire Your Realtor?
In EVERY listing appointment I make, I explain to my clients that they always have an out. If they do not feel I am doing everything I can to sell their house, and professionally represent them, they can fire me. Why would I want to work with someone who didn’t work with me? I say that upfront so my clients know that with my broker's backing, I may disolve the contractual Listing Agreement in Arizona.
To date, I’ve never been “fired.” I hope never to be. I constantly work to keep a great record: Communication – Commitment: Constantly
I’ll cover “Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Fire Your Buyer’s Broker” in another post. Meanwhile, I hope you're happy with your REALTOR - you deserve to be.