I don't want to sound cliche, but I am an agent of honesty an integrity. For any property I've ever listed, I always give my clients the realities of the market, good or bad. It souds like you are an educated seller who has done her homework, so no one needs to tell you that our local real estate market is currently disappointing. Here are the facts, there are 4,875 active residential detached listings in the Pensacola MLS as of tonight. More importantly, there are 364 ACTIVE residential detached listings in the 32526 zip code alone. Additionally, there have only been 136 residential detached listing that have sold in this zip code since January 1st. Therefore, you are up against some very difficult odds to sell your home. I am not giving you this information to scare you, but I sense that you are very frustrated. I would rather give individuals all the FACTS so that they can make adequate preparations in case things don't work out like they hope. Some call my business style "negative," but I call it being "real.".
You know you've held up your end of the bargain by taking the necessary steps to keep your house in "show" condition, now you need to find an agent that is going to market and capitalize on the best qualities of your home (keeping in mind the realities of the market).
Everything will work out in the end....
Weeks Realty, Inc.
It's a shame that you have had this experience with marketing your home. Before you hire another agent please check out my website. There is a section specifically for sellers, which may help you develop a list of questions to use when interviewing agents.
Lack of communication is the number one reason people say they aren't happy with their agent. It's so easy to keep in touch, especially with email, that there really is no excuse.
Good luck with your home and if I can ever help please let me know.
Coldwell Banker United, Realtors
My second point is, with everything we've done to make the house marketable..what good is it when you have no one bringing potential buyers to the house?
Thanks to all who've responded. I'm not trying to come off mean, I guess I just expected more. I still believe that there are good Realtors out there, I just think I've gotten a bad one.
As the other agents have already stated, the majority of the time the listing agent does not bring the buyer to the table. This doesn't necessarily mean that the listing agent isn't doing his/her job, it's really just a matter of probability that one of the other 1000+ agents in our area will have the right buyer.
When choosing a listing agent, you want someone who is going to give you the cold, hard facts about the prospective market, and to advertise your property to the most appropriate markets while using the most up-to-date advertising avenues. While pricing a home "CORRECTLY" is the most important advice an agent can probably give you, a number of other factors are playing an even greater role in the current market. With such a large variety of homes listed, you MUST ensure that your home is in TOP-NOTCH condition at ALL times. That means no interior clutter, a perfect lawn, no obtrusive interior fragrances, and the list goes on and on.
Keep your head up, things happen for a reason...Follow some simple steps, and you will see results.
Weeks Realty, Inc.
Well, we will not be signing a contract with any other Realtor unless we know they will be making an effort to show our house.
Thank you very much for the advice. :)
Your agent's marketing functions are to market your home, to the public and other agents, to create interest and showings. It often happens that the listing agent doesn't have an opportunity to show the home, and 75% of the time another agent will bring the buyer to your home. It's important to ask your agent why they think your home is not being shown. Also, you should ask what your surrounding area is doing in terms of competition and recent sales. This information can help you determine what the problem is, whether it's pricing, condition, marketing, etc. Please let me know if you decide to interview new agents, I'd be happy to meet with you and show you the marketing I provide my customers.