For Kevin: I absolutely do believe results are important, but I also don't believe in doing business with someone I don't trust just so I'll get results. Now of course, I have no idea if the agent was truly a bad person--but first impressions are important and she blew it.
Buying a home is one of the most important, most expensive decisions an adult will make in their lifetime. I'm going to go out on a limb and say the average home buyer doesn't want to feel like their agent is running over them like a freight train while they just hang on for the ride. Make no mistake--buying a home will be done with my money, so the choice I make will have to be MY decision. I don't want an agent who is so gung ho that they try and pressure me or give me the "hard sell". You know how much I want to spend so just present the home, let me make a decision.
I have found an amazing agent. Upon our first meeting she was forward, to the point, informative, professional, and patient. I told her I am looking to close in the next 60 days but she told me verbatim that it doesn't matter if it takes me a year to find something I want, as long as I make the right decision for me. That is the kind of person I want working with me--not someone who comes off like Fast Eddie.
So glad we have these sites to let consumers know what to expect from us as Realtors.
Thank you Sally for making it harder for the rest of us to do our job the right way (legal way).
There are a lot of different things that can get agents into trouble if agency isn't explained or established.
2600 agents in our MLS, over 700 didn't even sell a home last year. If an agent is coming off as pushy, you have every right to trust your gut and go with it.
Here's a real scenario for you. Let's say you have an agent that you like because they never push and don't ask questions. You're probably going to look at 50-60 homes and not find one. The reason for this is that you and your agent have to be direct with each other. Not mean, but direct.
We hear people say "I loved my agent, we just couldn't find a home, or I loved my agent, the house just didn't sell". Would you say "I loved my attorney, I just didn't win."? Getting the personal connection with the wrong type of agent can be a problem.