Dear Frustrated, I hear you and can understand and appreciate your frustration. The answers that have been posted are good answers. It sounds as if the original list price may have been set to high. When you listed your property, did your agent review with you a competative market analysis? This would have shown what comparable homes in your area were listed for and how long they were on the market, what homes were under contract and how long they were on the market prior to going under contract, and most importantly, the final sales price and how many days the home was on the market before it closed. If reviewed, it should have given you a range of probable sales price. Also, if your home has been on the market over a year your value has probably declined. The most important decision a seller has to make when listing their home is the offering sales price. In this market it is imperative for the seller to offer their home at a fair asking price based on the homes condition and location. As for the home not having a garage, the buyers should have know the home does not have a garage before they looked at it. That information is part of the multiple listing printout which lists the details of your homes amentities. If your home is still listed it would be wise to have a sit-down, frank discussion with your agent. Find out what they are doing to market your property; who they call, where they advertise, retrace the steps over the past year to see what was done. The main thing is to NOT repeat what hasn't worked thus far. I love the phrase "doing the same thing and expecting different results is kin to insanity". That goes with anything we do in life. As for getting another REALTOR, that is your call. If you decide on a change, I would suggest interviewing several different companies. Call those companies offices and ask to speak to the manager. They can give you the names of their successful, strong listing agents and their contact numbers. Call the agents and have them come to your home. Interview each agent to find out their marketing plan, their references, their company information. Be very upfront about what your needs and expectations are. Don't forget, you're the employer and they are your employee. If I can be of assistance please don't hesitate to contact me. Best of luck to you in your endeavors.
Candy Dennis, Sales Manager Long and Foster Real Estate, email@example.com 623-2500