Why, you may ask, are you going to fire your REALTOR? "We looked and looked for a house because, you know, we are picky. We finally found one, put in an offer, and didn't get it. We just know it was our REALTOR's fault for not trying hard enough to get us that house!"
Whoa! Hold it! Stop! Wait a minute! What do you think your REALTOR could have done differently?
Were you looking in the price range you wanted to be, or were you looking above it? Did your REALTOR advise you on a fair market value offer after looking at comparable sold properties in the last six months as well as current competition property prices? If so, did you take that advice? Did you make an offer significantly below list price AND ask for seller assistance with closing costs? Did you think you could offer less because that is what you saw on all those real estate shows you watch, so it must be true in your market too?
How long have you been working with this REALTOR? Exactly how many properties have you viewed? How many phone calls have you made? How many meetings have you attended? Is this REALTOR responsible for sending you to a reputable lender? How much quality service have you already received from this REALTOR free of charge? And you want to fire this REALTOR because you didn't get the house, and it must be that person's fault and not yours? Get real!
Haven't you seen the National Association of REALTORs commercials on television in which the message is given, "Every market is different. Call a REALTOR today?" There is a reason for that. A professional REALTOR in your market knows the market. It's time to take that person's advice and stop blaming him/her if you didn't.
If your REALTOR did the things outlined above to help you place a realistic market value offer, then he/she did the correct thing. SHAME on you if you fire him!
Another thing to consider, that person is not on salary. That person remains uncompensated for all the time and gasoline spent showing you houses and trying to help you. Firing them is just NOT the right thing to do. And, as a lady with whom I worked in another career used to say, "God doesn't like ugly!"