This is why Sold! is a discount flat fee agent, he has no value in his own services so has the first instinct to reduce the agents fee because he can't see the value in himself and what he offers.
I think sold! is an agent based on his relentless blog comments telling people to use flat fee brokerage that will only post your property in the MLS all the time, see for yourself by reading this persons many postings.
You will usually find that agents that cannot speak with facts and figures or give a clear position on any issue other then disparaging remarks usually means this person has little value or knowledge and so prices their services accordingly. This is only one of many characters on this site that hide what they do and post anonymously like this because they have little character and even less ethics usually soliciting the business of other agents which is illegal by making posts, drop the 6% agent and go with the flat fee $500.
I beg to differ in your statement, price is only part of the equation, with so many homes on the market to choose from condition makes a huge difference. I'm not seeing people basing their decisions on buying the cheapest priced homes, people are still buying in the higher end of their affordability range to get the best home they can afford. With many homes on the market to choose from, people can get a lot more for their dollar, so saying the market is based on price and the realtor has nothing no value is an absurd ridiculous comment.
Amy, I'm sure your agent doesn't have all the prospective buyers email address', why do you have the impression that is the only follow up the agent is doing? Have you spoken to him about his? You should be candid and have open honest conversations with your questions and concerns with your agent and work as a team together to sell your home. I wouldn't keep concerns bottled up and just get mad at the agent and complain about them later, work with him to get to the bottom of the situation.
That last comment if they want the house they'll come knocking sounds a little to flipp-ed and cavalier of a response, talk with your agent but if they seem like they aren't too interested in the outcome maybe you should find another agent. Agents should be given a chance but if the motivation isn't there, I would discus the issue and take it from there.
Is this a corporate relocation?
Are you using a relo company?
If it is a corporate relo, why have you opted to stay behind and try to sell the home instead of using the buyout option? Usually I find in those cases the home may be over priced and the sellers have the "gotta get's" mentality meaning... I gotta get's X amount of $$$ because of one reason or another but in the end has absolutely nothing to do with the actual value of the home.
How long has the home been listed?
How many people have seen the home?
Have you had any offers? if so why were they not accepted?
When is the last time you had the agent run comps on the property to determine value based on actual sales (don't compare to price of other homes currently for sale, that # is irrelevant because those homes have not sold yet either.)
Is your pricing in line with the comparable homes that have sold recently (no more then 6 months at the max)
Time to get serious about the selling process...
Also ask your agent how much inventory is on the market in your area, this will dictate the possible time it may take to sell your home. Example: if there is 10 months of inventory, it can take at least 10 months to sell your home, all other factors aside.
If your agent hasn't asked these questions or discussed these topics with you, then you should address these issues now.