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All relationships are a two-way street. When one party isn’t holding up their end of the bargain, changes must be made. Many issues simply boil down to miscommunication and can be remedied. Sometimes, however, there are significant issues with a party’s core values that mean it’s time to part ways. The client-agent relationship in a real estate context is no different. When you put up your home for sale, you are paying major dollars to your agent, and you deserve to have a professional service delivered. Certain issues, like differences in home preference or closing styles often come down to proper communication, and can easily be solved. There are certain issues that can come up in a professional context, however, that should indicate to you it’s time to take your business elsewhere. During the process of selling your home with an agent there are some things to watch out for:

1) Lack of Timely Communication

Communication between the agent and client is key when it comes to selling a home. The real estate market can be a fast paced game. Ideally, your agent should be on constant alert for offers from prospective buyers and questions from the client. Life is life, though, so obviously give some leeway. As a basic rule, if your agent takes longer than 24 hours to respond to you on more than one occasion, you need a new agent. This is pretty straight forward, and to be honest, 24 hours is already way too long in this industry. If your agent can’t take the time to return your calls, texts, messages, emails, etc. within a 24 hour period, he probably also isn’t going to catch that offer on the house very quickly either. For more tips on what to look for in a good real estate agent you can check out this article.

2) Dishonesty

This may seem like a no brainer, but the key to this point is holding your agent accountable. Few clients actually take the time to fact check their agent’s experience or do any sort of a background check. Like any industry tied up in legal jargon and masses of paperwork, the real estate industry is an easy playground for dishonest suits looking to make a few bucks off your ignorant self. Do a little digging, and make sure your agent is who she says she is. Ask for ID to verify your agent’s name and then do a quick background check on them as well. If you suddenly discover the agent you’ve been working with spent five of the last seven years in jail for some sort of white collar felony, you probably aren’t going to be too comfortable.

3) Poor Work Ethic

Another more allegorical way to describe this would be to ask, “Is he hungry?” Is your agent willing to do what it takes to sell your home. If his work day lasts from 9-5, the answer is probably no. Most sales are gonna be made after hours or on the weekends, when prospective buyers are off work and able to actually come view your home for sale. If your agent is constantly pestering you about getting out of the house so he can show your place to potential buyers, you have a good one on your hands. In fact, if your agent isn’t annoying you, there’s a problem.

So there you have it: If your agent takes too long to respond, is dishonest, or has a poor work ethic, it is probably time to do the break up and move on to someone else.

About the Author: Tiffany Olson lives in the great state of (Northern) California and works at a small (but growing!) web company. Her primary task is to advise the public on many different topics including homes for sale in Redding, CA. On her off time you’ll usually find her under a tree reading a book or cooking up some specialty in the kitchen.

If you are looking for a real estate agent and want some tips and help finding the right one, you could always try a real estate website like Sundaybell where you can meet and interview real estate agents anonymously to ensure you find the right one.

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