When you select your family doctor do you usually go to him/her for several years (unless you become dissatisfied for some reason)? Most people do that exact thing with their primary doctors. When you select your attorney do you generally return to them over the course of several years when you need a will or something legal? When you select your CPA do you go back to him/her every year to have your taxes done? When you select your barber or beautician do you return to them monthly for a haircut? If this is the case, why do so many people work with a realtor, have a great transaction and relationship and then 5 years later list their home with a realtor that just happens to knock on their door??? Why do you not call that realtor that gave you good service in the beginning and let them continue to be "your" realtor for the long term?? It's understandable if you have more than one bad transaction with any of these professionals, that you re-consider if you want to continue with them. You must also be objective and be sure that it was the fault of the professional and not part your fault or others involved in the business transaction or maybe something that just happened that was out of everyone's control.
This is why the realtor... puts you on their mailing list and reminds you with a mailing several times a year that they are still working in real estate and still there to help you when the need arises.
Another strange quirk in human nature.. seems to be as follows: People work with ONE primary doctor, ONE lawyer of choice, ONE CPA, ONE barber or beautician, but when it comes to realtors some of them will be working with 3 or 4 of them all at one time. This is so silly - - the "professional" realtors will not work with buyers unless they want them to be their buyer's agent and sign an agreement to work together. When you're working with several it gets confusing as to what home what realtor has shown you and most realtors will not waste their time in this situation where you're asking for service but not willing to give loyalty back so you see that "your" realtor gets paid for their efforts.
You might reconsider this situation . . . and ask yourself "Why?" Sometimes I think people think if I use several realtors and tell them I'll buy from whoever finds what I want first - - that the realtors will scramble all over each other to find the home in a real hurry.......this type of thinking promotes just the opposite....any realtor that is a "business professional" will not waste their time out there competing against several realtors for the sale. It would be like giving your financial information to three different CPA's at one time and say "Now, whoever prepares my taxes the fastest, will be the one I'll go with and pay."
The realtor you want is.....a professional that will watch out for your interest, know how to negotiate in a business like manner, practice risk reduction techniques, help you find the home that is "special" to you, write the contract for you, follow up through-out the transaction and be your donfidant and realtor for life. You don't want the chicken out there trying to eat all the bread-crumbs before all the other chickens get them.