Im not happy with my lisiting agent, is it a good idea to get a second opinion with another agent and how to approach it?

Asked by Lily, 73505 Sun Jan 29, 2012

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Mack McCoy, Agent, Seattle, WA
Sun Jan 29, 2012
No, it's a terrible idea. And, Dan's right, I've had Ron's experiences, and Christine gives good advice.

Here's why it's a terrible idea - it's lame. No other reputable agent will come in and give you a second opinion while your home is listed and on the market, so you're left with the other kind of agent.

This may not be the best idea, but I think it's a good one: tell your agent why you are unhappy with them. It's possible that they think you approve of their behavior, whatever it is. It's also possible that they don't care what you think - but you can't know that until you talk to them.

If you and them do not have that good feeling about each other, then ask for a release and tell them that you're going to seek other representation. THEN, and only then, should you go out and talk to other agents.

All the best,
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Ron Thomas, Agent, Fresno, CA
Sun Jan 29, 2012
Dan was correct in everything he said.

I would some thought:
What are you not happy about;
Is it professional, like he refused to do Open Houses, or he disagrees with your Pricing approach?
Or is it personal, like he rubs you the wrong way, or he disagrees with you?

Notice that I overlapped the questions:
It has been my experience that many Sellers want to hear what we have to say, but, they don't want to listen to us. They want us to agree with them, at the expense of the Sale.
It is a tightrope we walk sometimes; should we teel the truth, or not? Should we say what the Client wants to hear, at the expense of our integrity?
Only you can answer these questions, to yourself.

Good luck and may God bless
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Mon Jan 30, 2012

You have been given some excellent advice. We would like to add that misunderstandings can often be resolved by simple dialogue. If the agent isn't aware of your displeasures there is little chance for anything to change.

Often a little face to face conversation placing everything on the table can be "just what the doctor ordered" to get things back on track.

It's often more difficult to fact the problems but facing the issues can bring about a better outcome.

Schedule a meeting with your listing agent before making your decision.....

Best wishes,

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Christine Mc…, Agent, Valparaiso, IN
Sun Jan 29, 2012
I agree with Dan, you need to talk to the office managing broker. Most offices will not release the listing but they will try to connect you with an agent that may be a better fit. Sometimes it could just be a better personality fit. Sitting down and talking to the managing broker about what your concerns are and what you are looking for in an agent will allow them to match you with someone who better fits your needs.

Good Luck,
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Dan Tabit, Agent, Issaquah, WA
Sun Jan 29, 2012
While your home is under contract with the listing agent you may be limited to your options. If you feel things aren't going well ask to speak with the managing broker. Every agent reports to a managing broker and they are responsible for the agent and the offices listings. This could be helpful to you and the agent. The managing broker usually has more experience and may help your agent do a better job.
If things don't get better you can ask for another agent or to be released from your contract to pursue another office. They don’t have to release you, but if you try and work things out first they might.
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Stefanie Joh…, Agent, Lawton, OK
Thu May 2, 2013
Try talking to your listing agent first to see if you can resolve any shortcomings and only after you have obtained an unconditional release from your present broker should you try to contact other agents.
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Kim Ketcher, Agent, Lawton, OK
Thu May 2, 2013
Great advice all around! I agree with what was stated before. If there is an issue, give your listing agent a chance to hear your concerns and try to remedy them. Communication is the key! If that doesn't seem to work, then yes, speak to the agents broker and explain what would better suit your needs in an agent and they will do their best to match you to a realtor that is a fit with you. Good luck!
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Nita Rodrigu…, Agent, Lawton, OK
Thu Aug 16, 2012
If your not happy with your listing agent give them a call and express your concerns. Often times a seller thinks because they are not getting as many viewings as they had hoped for it is because their agent is not marketing their house properly. This is usually not the case, most agents spend many hours and several dollars trying to get your house sold in a timely manner. Call your agent and express your concerns most issues can be worked out with open communication. If your agent does not realize you have a concern they cannot work with you to rectify it. Hope this helps
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Tammy Neuwir…, Agent, Lawton, OK
Tue Jan 31, 2012
As listing agents we all try very hard to please our seller, however, what one seller thinks is the perfect plan is seen by anther seller as slouching. It is important to have a "meeting of the minds" with your agent so he/she will have a complete understanding of your expectations. Everyone has given you excellent advice in scheduling a meeting with the agent. If you still aren't satisfied, meet with the Broker and if that doesn't work, ask for a release. Any good agent won't discuss your situation with you until you are released from your current agreement.
Good Luck,
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