In answer to some questions: I asked them a few times about any improvements they wouldn't have said anything if I didn't ask. Their response was no, nothing had to be done unless I wanted to do additions and get into a totally new price range. They all said the house is in good condition, I made all the right improvements, it's clean and uncluttered. What little fix ups I did, I did on my own to brighten up the place. We had open houses every weekend but. I had to get in touch with them the last couple of weeks to ask if we were doing another open house. Their response was no, talk to you later. I lowered the price twice at their suggestion. I did what little they suggested. I guess I was inexperienced and belived them when they said nothing had to be done. My home is well within the comparables because I've been keeping an eye on the area and they were too. I've even had to ask them about feedback or I'm starting to think I wouldn't have heard anything. Live and Learn!!!
Remember that working with a real estate agent is a cooperative, and collaborative, process. The agent's job is to market your home and, especially if you are not getting second showings and offers, to meet with you and discuss your alternatives. Before you choose another agent think about why the communication broke down how you would prevent it from happening again!
The truth is that during the time your home was on the market, homes, like yours, have sold. So just from the selling your home angle, the buyers and their Realtors have not all been on vacation. They've been buying homes that offered more value. The easiest way to add value is to lower the price.
Unmet expectations are the single biggest problem that clients and service providers have. Just curious, when you agreed to work together, how did you agree to communicate? You will be interested to hear that communication comes up again and again in surveys conducted by Associations of Realtors.
My two cents is that if your Realtor did not have a plan for communicating, there are very likely other things that have not been addressed. When you interview before your agree to work together, ask them for their marketing plan. In the sale of a home that plan should include clear expectations (what is supposed to happen, if it does not happen, then how will the problem be handled).
For example, my sellers and I work out a schedule, usually we talk weekly, and they also receive a service report including number of showings, calls, web hits, feedback, etc. because I know that to get my seller the most money we need to sell within 30 days, or market time will begin to affect their profit.
Great post and go Cards.
I think your former (at least should be) agent gave you the brush off and considers you or the house or both a lost cause. Read Rick's post three times, learn from it and move on. Below is a link to a blog that possibly will help you find an agent with better communication skills than your last one.