- 4 years ago
I’ll start with what my bottom line question is: Should we “replace” our real estate agent?
My battle with our decision is that I don’t want to replace him unless my thoughts/concerns are justified, because I’m worried we’ll just have the same “problems” with the next agent and the change and “burning the bridge” will be for nothing. So I really want to due to how I’m feeling, but also only if it has the potential or likelihood improve our situation. On a post I made months ago I asked what we should look for in an agent to do for us, and many of the answers stated that they don’t really do anything, that the buyer has to do all the footwork/looking to be first, so it also makes me wonder if there is no better agent than him and he’s already doing the most any agent can do for us.
Our current agent pros:
We have already formed a “bond” with him; he is friendly, humble, has always replied to my text or call within a few minutes and makes himself available even when traveling. He has shown us that he is looking out for our best interest in regards to protecting us from unethical selling agents and recommending certain contingencies, etc. He has an average of 5/5 rating on Zillow & Trulia with over 100 reviews. He markets himself mostly to buyers, and that’s who the majority of his clients have been. He seems to be really knowledgable, always answers my questions about the market and strategies (whether it’s accurate or not I don’t know because we’re not super knowledgable in that). He has already invested his time in driving to our city to show us about 7 houses in the last 5 months. Has helped buy/sell homes in 2 states, and within our stated has helped sell/buy in about 5 different cities, but MOSTLY specializing in one, NOT the one we are looking to buy a house in. Has also helped us write offers on three different houses (we lost all).
Our current agent cons:
I’ll start will little details over our time with him, and end with the most recent concerns. Don’t know how big of a con this can be, but he specializes in helping buyers from the city next to the one we want to buy a house in, so he does not have many ties or communication with agents that have listings here. I don’t know if that means he is not familiar with the market here, especially the specific neighborhoods we want, because he seems to talk about the market in general of how it’s just more expensive than the other city and prices will keep rising. Originally we wanted to look in both cities, so I thought it would be OK, but now we have completely changed our search to only this city and two specific neighborhoods have preference (just due to the prices, but we’re open to others if within our price).
Most recently, a few homes have been sold that we were not even notified they were for sale, until it was too late I would find out by seeing a sign after driving by and calling the number only to be told it was already sold. Many of them have the agent sign posted outside of the property days before it actually goes on the MLS, but I don’t always have time to drive around every single street in that neighborhood (I don’t expect him to either), so I don’t know if they sell quickly because a buyer saw the sign ahead of time before hitting the market or because they’re private listings…and I wonder if he had connections in the area if he would get notified of listings before they’re on the MLS to give us a headstart.
Today’s tipping point: Today I drove by one of the neighborhoods and saw a house that looks perfect for us, with the for agent for sale sign. From what I could see of the outside, it seemed to have everything we have been looking for. I call the number on the sign right away, and she tells me it was actually sold one hour after hitting the MLS (probably why I didn’t see it, even though I check it 2-3 times a day). And our agent of course, doesn’t even have any idea about this one selling or any of the two previous ones that I have called for. Again, I don’t know if it was a private listing or already had a buyer before even being for sale, so we wouldn’t have had a chance anyways even if our agent would have caught it in time. But I’m almost having a meltdown because this whole process has been so stressful. I have to ask myself, am I over reacting? Do I just want someone to accuse as the reason why we don’t have a house already? I don’t know the answer.
For those that suggest we DO replace him…please give me any tips if possible on choosing a new one. There are sooooo many in the area, I want us to improve, not just get the same or worse.
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