I too agree with Jonathon and Jay, and would discourage the combination of the land deal with your home deal, unless you basically want to give away the land as a sweetener for your home. Sort of like saying, "If you buy this house, I'll throw in the boat in the garage." That type of approach would appeal to anyone. But trying to get full and fair market from both, when they are combined is certainly unlikely to be successful.
As to whether to switch agents, I'm not sure how we could answer that. We don't know what your current agent is doing, so how can we know if it's great or poor. As well, we have a code of ethics as REALTORs not to solicit the listing of another REALTORs active client. So this will need to be your personal decision.
Regardless, Surprise is a very, very tough market right now. No matter what direction you move in, be aware that price is going to be the most important driver toward a successful transaction, and that you must be very aggressive with price, if you want to be the next sale.
One question would be whether you have equity remaining in the home in Glendale after exhausting the HELOC, as the best way to sell right now is to price below the last sales.
As for combining the sales, I'm sure Fontella's advice might work in Colorado where she's located, but combining the two likely would be a mistake here. It's challenging enough to find a buyer for one home without asking them to take on a vacant lot at the same time, or vice versa.
We are in a slightly slower market. It may not be your agents fault the proeprty is not selling. Price is usually the biggest factor. Re-examine price with your agent to make sure you are still priced competitively. In some areas the market will continue to fall after you have put your property on the market. As far as marketing together. It is worth a try. I would market them together and I would continue to market them seperately too. If someone buys them together they will have to make 2 seperate mortgages. One for each property. Good Luck!
The packaging your properties will probably not carry the weight in the market as keeping them separate. As of yesterday according to the Multiple Listing Service numbers, 95% of the homes listed will not sale this month.
We are certainly in a buyer's market. At the current rate of homes being sold, Surprise would need 17.1 months to sell all the active listings. A normal market has between 3-6 months.
I agree with Steve that to advise switching agents without knowing the marketing plan and service is a bit presumptive. If the contract is up and you want someone else to try, then select another agent. Interview a few REALTORS and select the agent you think has the best plan and service.
Maybe your current agent is the best.
If you think that you need to hire a more aggressive Realtor, than you need to hire a more aggressive Realtor.
So you have a manufactured home on some dirt out in Surprise? There are Realtors in Surprise that specialize in that type of property. I would suggest one of them be your next Realtor. Of course you could market both property`s together. I don`t think it would be very helpful. However if you could close on the Glendale property with out having to sell the Surprise property, it can`t hurt. Yes even though you could not buy the Tempe property, you may find yourself renting or living out in Surprise. At least this may avoid a cash flow problem.
Combining the sale of the Glendale home and the Surprise lot may be problematic, in my opinion as you'd be looking for a buyer who's interested in purchasing two separate, and different, types of real estate. In the market the Valley is experiencing, it's hard enough to find any buyer, much less the type of buyer who's looking for both land and a house.
Selling land can be *completely* different than selling residential property. Sounds like you need to talk to your agent and understand their experience in land sales and plans to market the property. Just be prepared and have realistic expectations, we've had land parcels listed for many many months. You agent should be able to show you recent land sale trends so that you can get a pretty good idea of how long it will take to sell.