If you are like me, most of the time you have clients who are cooperative and who are extremely motivated to sell their properties. In fact, the most motivated sellers welcome most suggestions that their agent provides. Here are some of the symptoms that may lead you to rethink if the "problematic" seller is worth the aggrevation.
* Has a demanding style of asking questions
* Becomes angry if showings are requested even though the showing instruction states a specific preference of notification or cancels showings that have been set up
* Talks to you like you do not know how to do your job
* Refuses to take your suggestions on how to make the home have a better appeal, inside and out* Continually berates your efforts and always has a better way that "things" should be done
There are many other signals that a seller either is not motivated to sell. I invite you to add to this list.
None of us want to give up business, however, all of us find that on occasion, there is a difficult client that we cannot please, no matter how good we are. AFter more than 15 years as a top producing agent in my area, I have found that sometimes it is best to terminate a listing rather than suffer the stress of a seller client who is difficult to deal with over a long period of time. If a problematic client is keeping you on the phone or jumping through the hoops that he/she has designed, you may not be using your time in the best way to actually get their home sold. A listing agreement always works best between an agent and a client who work hand in hand to accomplish the goal.