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Frank, Both Buyer and Seller in 37064

can i switch to another realtor?

Asked by Frank, 37064 Tue Jun 3, 2008

hi: I am selling my house. i have been working with a realtor since Mar 1st, and it seems that he does not possess capability or enthusiasm to sell my house in a time- and cost-efficient way. i wish i was mislead by his actions, indeed he was not so responsive to my email and call, and only had open house upon my requests. i even worried about how much efforts he put into marketing my house. I am planning to register my kids in new schools before the first day of their new school year, i would like to close the sale/purchase ASAP. any suggestions on this challenge? i signed contract with the realtor for 3 months (expired on May 31).

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Frank, It looks as though your agreement time has ended with your prior agent. I'd encourage you to conduct some research and interview at least five agents. Discover what each of them offer in areas of traditional marketing, agent networking, internet presence, technological strategies, client care, client follow-up and budget. It will certainly help you have more peace of mind in this process. Whew, good luck, my friend!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 10, 2008
I think you need find out something from the Realtor.
During the time your home was listed, how many homes, like yours, either entered escrow or sold?

That will tell you more than you want to know. I would interview three Realtors and explain what you want to accomplish, have them present their proposals, and pick the best one. Properly priced homes sell in the first 30 days of market time in almost any market.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 3, 2008
Keith Sorem, Real Estate Pro in Glendale, CA
I cannot speak to the quality of the agent that you hired to market your property. However, if your contract has expired then you have fulfilled your responsibility and may choose a new agent.
Web Reference: http://www.Agent615.com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 3, 2008
I'm sorry you have troubles with your previous Realtor, I'd love to interview for the job.

Greg Spackman
Keller William Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 29, 2014
Three months is not really a long time in our market here right now, but you should be seeing activity and your agent should be doing their part to market the home appropriately. Did you see the agent's marketing plan when you first listed with them? And did they then followup to tell you how they have been marketing your home? Some realtors do not feel open houses are effective at selling homes, so they don't offer them unless clients request them, but it's an agent by agent call worked out with the homeowner.
If you truly do have the information that they really are marketing the home to their fullest, there are several other factors to consider that the homeowner has responsibility that should have good recommendations from the agent. Your agent should be honest with you on how your home is staged and what should be done to make it show it's absolutely best, even if it's just changing the way a couch faces...or it could be as much as a full staging consultation. It really depends on what other homes that are your competition look like compared to yours. Yours needs to be the best looking one also in the best condition. So for anything that needs repair, your best bet is to fix it so buyers do not notice it and then move on. That goes for touch up paint, everything. With the agent you list with, have that agent take you to see a few of your top competitors and discuss some of the differences with them to implement a few things that will differentiate yours. Listing a home today is a true partnership between a seller and the agent. The last thing that might be a deterrent for some homeowners is pricing. Pricing is more important than ever right now because buyers only want to see the houses that look fabulous at amazing prices. Both parties (homeowner and agent) have quite a bit to fulfill.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 4, 2008
Hi Frank: As your listing has expired, I would suggest you interview at least 3 agents in your area and have a list of questions, like how often will you hold Open Houses and where will the Open House advertising be placed; where will my property be advertised and how frequently; are you a broker or a sales agent; how long have you been in the business; how many homes have you listed or sold in the past year; what homes have you sold in my neighborhood; ask for a copy of his/her resume; how often do you stay in touch with your sellers; ask for the names and telephone numbers of the last three sellers they worked with. Be leery of any agent who walks into your house and tosses off a suggested listing price in 5 mintues. While its usually better to work with a heavily experienced agent, new agents might prove to be tireless workers in marketing your home. All sellers should hire the agent or broker who can best market their home. Good Luck! Renee Bryant, Associate Broker, REALTOR
Web Reference: http://WWW.RENEEBRYANT.COM
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 4, 2008
Thanks for all your comments and suggestions. there were around 9 house showings in the last three months, unfortunately there is no offer so far. my house was priced a bit lower than the average in my subdivision. as i know, four houses were sold in the period of listing my house. there are 15 or 18 houses on market now from this subdivision. my concerns is that my agent did not contribute his efforts to expose the house to buyers or buyer's agents. we discussed that issue before and he just simply said he used all his methods, suh as listing on craiglist, realtytrac, and his company web. even now after our several discussions, i can not find listing information of my house on several common realty shopping websites. i was also looking for my new home around this area. my concerns are 1) if i concel the selling contract (the house is still on market now), will i bear obligation to buy new home through him? especially if i buy a house he showed me previously. i did not sign buyer's agent agreement with him, just made several phone calls and exchanged emails about houses i would like to see. 2) do you think his marketing strategy is enough and effective? many thanks. Frank
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 4, 2008

First, anytime you are not satisfied with the services of your Realtor you should bring it to their attention. It could be a misunderstanding or it could be that you do need to choose another agent. Also, anytime during a listing contract you have the right to withdraw (cancel) your listing. You simply notify your agent, ask for a withdrawal form and proceed on.

That said , listing a property and marketing a property is a serious responsibilty to the homeowner. An agent should not approach it lightly. You are entrusting them with tens of thousands of dollars and that they will do the very best they can to to get your property sold. There are many good professional proactive agents in your area, including my real estate team. Unfortunately, there are some passive agents who either don't know what to do or just don't care and do a disservice to their seller.

Since you mention your listing has expired, your situation is over with that agent unless you re-listed. I suggest you locate and interview qualified agents in your area who know what and how to do. We would be glad to help you. Please contact us if we may be of assistance.
Web Reference: http://www.DianeWright.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 4, 2008
Frank: Sorry your experience with this agent did not meet your expectations. You need to interview agents that have a proven track record for selling quicky and at a price acceptable to YOU. While many of my collegues feel this is a "down" market, it really is indicitive of the marketing strategies that the agent employs. Write down a list of the expectations you feel a professional realtor should provide for you. What marketing tools and/or strategies are they employing? What type of networking databases do they have that will help your home have the most exposure.... once you have those questions down, then begin your interviewing process. Best of luck. If I can be of any further help, please feel free to contact me.
Web Reference: http://TinaEvans.net
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 3, 2008
Hi Frank...it sounds like you have fulfilled your obligation to your listing contract. What have you been doing since June 1? Are you no longer on the market? We are in a strange market right now....homes are taking longer to sell, even in Franklin. You HAVE to be the BEST house at the BEST price; otherwise, buyers will move on because they have choices. Is there a lot on the market in your neighborhood? Where are you located in 37064. What do you feel your other agent should have done but didn't? It sounds like you needed more communication and in a timely manner, as well as a more PROactive approach to marketing your home. Am I correct? Also, are you moving within the same school district or to another one? It sounds like you're motivated.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 3, 2008
Frank, In my area homes are taking 6+ months to sell. It may not just be the agent you selected. Was it showing? If not, it could have been priced too high & some neighborhoods just seem to be dead for some reason. Don't list it high so you can come down - list it to sell!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 3, 2008
Luke is correct. You have fulfilled your responsibility. I would love a chance to talk with you to see if I can help you reach your goals. I'll be honest with you. If I don't think I can help I will tell you so. Give me a call, check out my web site. Hope to hear from you. Good Luck.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 3, 2008
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