Top Ten Signs that Tell It’s Time to Fire Your Realtor

Real Estate Agent with Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ BR564219000

Top Ten Signs that Tell It’s Time to Fire Your Realtor


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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

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8. The directions on the MLS listing sheet direct buyers to another property

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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 housedrunk man with eyes closed holding wine







6. Their voice message mailbox is full & their recording says they’re out of the country

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5. Their advertising plan consists of planting a sign in front of your property 

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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!)

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3. You hired the “Top Producer In Town” but never saw or heard from them again after the listing appointment

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2. Your agent's working hours are from 2-3 p.m.

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1. Every phone call is such a rambling monologue you never get a chance to get heard

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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.

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Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Long Realty,


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Daniel J. Hunter
REALTOR® - New Port Richey, FL

that was funny, and sadly dead on.  although I bet we could come up with a 100 list LOL

Jun 17, 2010 08:11 AM #1
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Cara,   I inherited a listing where the seller said that on both occasions where she called the agent he was obviously drunk and indicated she was trying to fire him.  I was on my cell as she described her frustration when lo and behold that agent pulled up to the liquor store next to our old office !   Too funny !

Jun 17, 2010 08:11 AM #2
John Franc
John Franc Realtor ABR Vandyk Group - Manahawkin, NJ
Honesty & Integrity in all I do!

Your absolutly right about the communications with a seller!  It does become difficult as time goes by and there are no showings.  That's the perfect time to call & try to get a price adjustment.  If you don't suggest a price adjustment the seller will blame you for not having done so and go list the property with another agent after the listing expires.

Jun 17, 2010 08:13 AM #3
Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY

Daniel - easily! - but that probably wouldn't make us look too good!

Bill - OMGosh what a funny story!  Thanks for stopping by!

John - very good point - you're darned if you do, and darned if you don't!

Jun 17, 2010 11:51 AM #4
Scott Carlton
San Diego, CA

Funny list but sad that there are true cases like this.

Jun 17, 2010 05:58 PM #5
Deanne Olivas
Keller Williams Realty East Valley - Tempe, AZ
Gilbert AZ Real Estate

You are so right. Our sellers want to hear from us and know what is happening (or not). After all, the results (or lack of results) is life changing for them.

Jun 18, 2010 01:24 AM #6
Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY

Thanks for stopping by, Scott.  IDeanne - I constantly try to remind myself, "My job - their life."  Have a great week folks!

Jun 18, 2010 04:32 AM #7
You've hit the ball out the park! Inrcdeible!
Jan 25, 2012 03:59 AM #8
Sue Ellett
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate ~ Paragon Property Group - Marble Falls, TX
Marble Falls, & Austin, TX, Lake Travis, Lake LBJ

One more...Sign not put in yard for 3 Weeks

Jan 28, 2012 03:11 AM #9
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