Nothing like spam.........and rude spam to boot!
If you're a Realtor, there's something called the Code of Ethics that prohibits us from denigrating other Realtors.........you might want to reread it.
To the poster - As a first time buyer, I can understand your frustration with what has occurred.
So.........from what I have read, I do think it's time to move on and interview new agents.
It seems like you have given this agent every opportunity to step up to the plate....and it's just not working out.
Do you know anyone who bought a home recently and was happy with the agent they used?
Personal referrals are always a good place to start.
In lieu of that...why not stop by a larger local RE office, and ask to speak with the Broker/manager. Explain what has happened to you, and ask the Manager if they can introduce you to someone in their office they think will be a good fit, and who won't let you down when it comes to keeping you informed and up to date on the market.
Ask to interview several agents if you want.
You seem like motivated buyers...and as "first timers", you do need someone to guide you through the process from start to finish..and you're certainly entitled to that.
Good luck, and I hope the next one is the charm!!
All the best!
Your feedback confirms that my realtor is taking a backseat approach to our house search and most probably has bigger fish to fry in his portfolio. I will take your advice to wait until after Labor Day to get better inventory and to have final conversation with the realtor or the next step is to find another person who will be more proactive.
Buy the way, this is a small office with one broker (the one I am dealing with) and an assistant.
However . . .
In general, in a buying situation, the Realtor should be proactive. And, specifically to address the issue you raised in #1, he should be presenting you with homes you might want to visit.
Because there's a lag time between a home being listed on the MLS and the time it takes to appear on other websites (and even more time if you're the one searching for them), it's unfortunate or understandable that those houses are already under contract by the time you get to them. Whether you continue with your current Realtor or decide to search for a new one, here's a tip: Your Realtor can set up an automated search on the MLS. He plugs in whatever items are important to you (location, price, number of bedrooms or baths, age of property, lot size, whether it has a basement, etc.) and then you're automatically notified via e-mail the instant a house matching those criteria appears on the MLS. You don't have to search, and neither does he.
Now, really, he should be searching beyond those parameters. And there's nothing wrong with you doing the same. But, at a bare minimum, you can have a search set up to immediately let you know of any homes meeting your criteria.
So: What do you do now? As a Realtor, the Code of Ethics doesn't permit me to criticize other Realtors. And, honestly, your agent probably has a different perspective on the issue. Still, you should have a heart-to-heart talk with the agent. Explain your concerns. Explain what you want. See what his response is. If it's not what you want, then you might decide to look for someone who can better meet those needs.
Hope that helps.
Best of luck!
A purchase of a home is one of the greatest single investments you will ever make in your life and you must have a compassionate Realtor that treats you like you are his/her only client.
You should be represented by a buyers agent for your protection who is an expert in the business with a proven sales history and client testimonials. Your buyers agent should be informing you of the days on the market, should have a good idea of what you are looking for and should not be taking you to homes that are already under contract.
If you have signed a buyer agency representation form/contract you need to call his/her Broker in Charge and report this Agent. Also, if you have the choice, you might want to consider choosing a Realtor rather then a Licensed Sales Agent....depending on your scenario.
Truia is a good resource. Also the National Association of Realtors should be a good resource for you to start your new Realtor search.
Hope this helps!
You can always have a heart to heart or ask for another agent in the office to work with you. How experienced is your agent? Experience is the #1 in my book and without it you have a learning in progress agent.