Top 5 Signs Your Real Estate Agent Sucks!

Real Estate Agent with Savvy + Company Real Estate NC: 277197

I’m not the kind of girl to disparage others. I know how hard those of us practicing Real Estate work! But I can hardly shush my ‘tsk-tsk’s’ when I encounter Real Estate agents who just don’t ‘get’ it. Some are merely 'old school', refusing to adapt. Others are just plain burnt out, and it’s all they can do to make an effort on your behalf. Many are simply clueless, and others absent altogether. I don’t need to tell you there are infinite varieties of agent suckyness out there. Chances are, you’ve been on the short end at some point yourself!

So how can you quickly spot these leisure suit flunkies?Flunkie Real Estate Agent

#1.  They’re impossible to reach. Ok, really?  This business is driven by constant communication - with our clients and with other real estate pros. Real Estate agents spend untold thousands on marketing campaigns directed toward making our phones ring. Not answering, or not quickly returning calls just smacks of professional apathy, and can mean losing a great offer, or worse! With endless smart phone options, even a quick reply to let you know when they canrespond is the least they should do. Availability is paramount… or you, the client ultimately come out the loser.

#2.  They carry a clipboard. Or file folders. And/or they don’t text! And they generally load you up with real paperwork. Hello Twenty-First Century!  If your agent isn’t employing the latest high tech solutions, you’re just not being well served. Listings should be syndicated on every possible online venue, then tweeted throughout the free world! Offers should be completed, signed and sent electronically if you’re going to win in a multiple-bid situation. The reasons why high tech agentry is essential are endless. Anything less is just dinosaur real estate at it’s worst.

#3.  They don’t attend property inspections, closings etc… You’re kidding me, right? These events are mission critical! Reading an inspection report pales to seeing an issue live and in person when repair negotiations might be required. Don’t fall for excuses here! No one should be too busy to keep their hands on the pulse of your transaction. If they’ve gotten too lazy, or too big for their britches and can’t be there for you, can you spell ‘Red Flag’??

#4.  They don’t say “No” to you every now and then. This is a sure sign they don’t have control over the buying/selling process. These birds are afraid to ruffle feathers, and typically follow the path of least resistance [read: EFFORT]. Smart strategists don’t let things slide for the sake of ease. A great agent has a clear plan of action and they provide you with a road map. They’re determined to see the plan through to success. Informed agents know exactly what does and doesn’t work in their market. So when you demand an open house for your listing in an area that doesn’t get traffic, they nix the idea in favor of a strategy that WILL give you results.  NOTE:  If you’re a dictator and insist on having your way, you’ll never get the best representation. Just saying…

#5.  They disappear after Closing. Once the keys have been handed off, if you’re not hearing from your agent, you should be asking why. A commission check is nice, but it hardly means the job is complete. To a fabulous agent, Job One is taking care of our clients' needs, and that job never ends!

Don’t be afraid to hold your Real Estate agent to a higher standard! Truly fabulous agents will thank you for it. And your home buying/selling experience will be far more successful as a result! So if you kept nodding ‘yes’ to the above list, I’ll give you a moment. Then, I'll give you my phone number! 704.307.3369!

Jennifer Monroe, Realtor®/Broker |

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John T. Dowd
United Country Dowd & Forbes Realty - Edenton, NC
Integrity - Service - Experience

Thanks for posting

Oct 18, 2014 01:56 AM #99
Mark Neighbor
A O Home Solutions - Sell House Georgia - Buy House Georgia - McDonough, GA
Sell House Fast In Georgia

Good information but you forgot one. Their website is always down or they have some excuse why no one ever finds them on the web. 



Oct 18, 2014 02:03 AM #100
Cesi Pagano
Laguna Niguel, CA

Good post! I don´t know what about the clipboard though, but thanks for sharing!

Oct 18, 2014 04:47 AM #101
John DL Arendsen
Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor

Jennifer Monroe 

This is good ole commonsensical info that we all need to revisit from time to tme.

I can tell you first hand that at 69 years young with 5 grown children and 14 grandhildren, who from 1 to 20 years old all know what an & I Phone is and how to use it and had my Grandmother not sat me down at the dining room table when I was in the 8th grade and made me memorize the keyboard, God only knows how I might have ended up. 

Oct 18, 2014 08:05 AM #102
Jenna Dixon
DRA Homes | Cobb County Real Estate - Marietta, GA
Empowers You With a Better Real Estate Experience

Jennifer,  Good to see you are still capable of ruffling a few feathers here in the rain.  Some people are sooo sensitive!  I ditched the clipboard but am now thinking of getting a new one.

Oct 18, 2014 08:29 AM #103
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

I am going to have to find a different picture to upload since the standard seems to be professional pictures - oops - boy you really did ruffle some feathers here! 

Oct 18, 2014 10:01 PM #104
Joe Jackson
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Columbus, OH
Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert

Jen  Great post  I know when the other co op 
Realtors sucks and  I will adopt their orphan buyers!

Oct 19, 2014 02:55 AM #105
Anna Hatridge
Goodson Realty - Farmington, MO
Missouri Realtor with Goodson Realty

Congratulations on the feature!  You have gotten people talking and that is what life and relationships are really all about.  I love the comment about not being available.  I have been accused and if taking 8 hours a day for sleep counts as being unavailable I am guilty.  I do return all calls within 24 hours and email messaging is almost non-stop.  However, I do take issue with clients that have not returned my calls with dealing with time lines.  But alas, they are as human as I am.

Oct 19, 2014 05:07 AM #106
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Jennifer, I love Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents response and completely agree!

Oct 19, 2014 08:31 AM #107
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant


I resemble that agent that you are speaking about in #2. I not only carry a clipboard, but I give one to my client. While we are walking the property I have a printout and so do they and I encourage the to take notes and so do I. Guess I'm a dinosaur.

Oct 20, 2014 03:52 AM #108
Badrul Chowdhury

I will attend all my closings after reading this.

Oct 21, 2014 01:17 AM #109
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Fort Myers, FL

Jennifer, I couldn't agree more on numbers 1,3,4 and 5!  But I think you are way off base on number 2.  A clipboard or file folder is essential with some clients.  Quite a few of my clients are not tech savvy at all.  Some don't have a computer or cell phone.  Of those that do, some don't know how to do much besides search the web, Facebook or e-mail. 

Yes, I do agree that we need to be paperless for the most part.  But not when with a client.  When I meet with a selling client, I will have some fliers and information, which is in a file folder for them or if they prefer, I can e-mail it to them.  I leave the preference up to them, as I don't think it should be up to me to decide how they want it. 

When I work with buyers and I show them homes, I print out 2 copies of each listing, one for me and one for my client.  I usually take 2 clipboards with me, one for me and one for the client.  This way, they can take notes on each home.  Even very tech savvy clients thought this was easier than trying to make notes on their phone, so it doesn't get too confusing for them.  

Oct 21, 2014 07:15 AM #110
Bill Reddington
Re/max Southern Realty - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

Sorry but I carry a file. Agree with the rest. Much easier to grab my pen and make notes then play keyboard. I also hand customers a property description with pictures for their notes on each property.  PS. I own 2 desktops, 2 laptops, a tablet and smartphone. Think I am pretty computer literate. Probably burned out though after 25 years. Some of the old school ways are still better.

Oct 22, 2014 06:11 AM #111
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I do all the high-tech stuff--but I like my clip board and I have a very, very hot pink one that gets attention!

Oct 22, 2014 08:30 AM #112
Carrie Sampron
Home Smart Realty Group - Highlands Ranch, CO
ABR SFR & Kathy Sampron (303) 931-3629 Highlands R

OMG I love number 2. We've dealt with this in our last two transactions. My sister and I joke, "It's 2014, right?".

Oct 28, 2014 01:44 AM #113
Dawn Waters
The Waters Group LLC - Debary, FL
Connecting People with Places

Agreed 100% Thank you for sharing this it is always a good reminder that the closing is in no way the end of the road for a customer relationship. In fact, it is just the beginning!

Oct 28, 2014 10:22 AM #114
Winston Heverly
Winston Realty, Inc. - Atlantis, FL

Active Rain has done a great job in bringing out the best potential in all of their members blogs like this one.

Mar 24, 2015 07:58 AM #115
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Jennifer - Thanks for sharing this post. You make some very valid points.

Jun 30, 2015 03:13 PM #116
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Jennifer Monroe I got a 'kick' out of this post. Ironically, I spoke to a prospect who listed his home with another agent and I called me because he is fed up with the poor communication from his current agent and as a result, I will have $1M listing is about two months.

Jun 30, 2015 10:58 PM #117
Jesse huber

Lauren claussen out of round lake il should be stripped of her license! The most unethical agent in Illinois and that's saying something. Don't believe buy a house from her!

Aug 17, 2015 02:00 PM #118
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