It is possible to be effective without being adversarial. At the end of the day, the negotiation power is in your hands, not the agents. Especially if you yourself have an aggressive style, the nice guy may be a better front man.
I'm just saying give him the courtesy of some direct talk first, and then if you are still dissatisfied, move on.
It sounds like your agent is new to the business. When you get to the point when you are ready to put in an offer.........ask him to have the most aggressive agent in his office to guide him..
Communication is always the best first step. Asking questions is my method of choice for understanding what a buyer wants. The method is to "go three deep". Ask questions about the answer to my questions. The selection process can become difficult when the buyer's wants evolve through the process. However, I have found that these changes are not unusual. Your agent should be learning as you move through the process. I often have buyers ask me about properties they have "found" that I did not present. Sometimes it is because I already know about the property and for one or more reasons have dismissed it as not suitable. I then attempt to communicate why I did not present the property. Sometimes it is because it does not fit into the selection criteria that the buyer has insisted upon. I point out why it does not fit my understanding of their wants and needs to ascertain what I need to change to get in line with their wants and needs or revise our list. I always ask a buyer for a preliminary list of "Gota have, Negotiables, and Deal Killers". We will then periodically revisit this list to clearify changes or my perception of changes in direction.
Before your frank discussion with your agent, ask yourself, "Are the properties I am presenting to my agent that he has not offered for my consideration good fits with my communicated wants and needs?" "Have my guidlines for wants and needs changed from what I started with?" "Have I communicated these changes?" "Has my agent grasped these changes in wants and needs, is his understanding being reflected in the properties he is now presenting?" This will help you clear up in your own mind what the answer is to your question.
Unlike Jon, I am a stealth Nice Guy. (It just doesn't show)
Seeing that you're "paying" him to do a service for you, No, i don't think you're expecting too much from him.. He should be 100% intune with your needs, wants, likes, and dislikes, and should call you from time to time to make sure that he's working in YOUR favor. Remeber, YOU'RE PAYING HIM, and he has to hold up on his end of the bargain. If you're ready to buy, he should be taking you out on a regular basis to look at properties, especially so he can get a better feel for what you really like. There ARE other ways to find properties besides the MLS, he just needs to do some homework, and find other outlets besides the MLS to find you homes (ie newspapers, different websites, for sale by owners, local city papers). As another person said, an aggressive agent is sometimes best, because they follow up, and fight for their clients. Findhomes.com, myfoxboston.com., are 2 websites that have listings.
I hope i've helped, take care,
Someone great at market data analysis (this includes sold comps, absorption rates, etc)
Someone in tune with local market trends
A savvy expert negotiator
Someone who can identify property positives and faults
When it comes down to it your relationship with your agent is all business. It is great - and important - that you get along with the agent as purchasing a home is a huge investment and to some degree emotional, but what is really critical is that you work with someone who is meeting all of the above needs and who is working (incentivised) to get you the lowest and best price possible on a home.
Belinda is right, if you didn't sign a contract you are not legally obligated to work with that agent and i suggest if that is the case you consider looking into a new buyers agent.
The key is communication.Ask him what is he going to do for you. Tell him what you would like for him to do for you. Who told you that he was not good at negotiations? Any realtor worth their salt will certainly check comps before making an offer in your behalf. By the way , did you sign a contract with him?. If you did not,you have no legal obligation to stay with him.
Hey... I'm a nice guy too :-D (
The question is, what do you want your agent to do that he is not doing? Are yall in negotiation processes? IF you feel he is not representing you fully, tell him that. Many times agents do not realize what they are not doing, and a brief conversation will help out a lot.