Both selling and buying a home can be enormously stressful, and part of your real estate agent’s job is to alleviate that stress. If your Austin REALTOR® is making you unhappy or making the process more stressful for you, you may find yourself considering whether it’s time to find a new real estate agent.
Here, we’ve put together some advice on what you should do when you have irreconcilable differences with your Austin REALTOR®.
Common Reasons to Fire Your Austin REALTOR®
Perhaps being aware of the most common causes of conflict between agents and clients will help you avoid getting to that point. Knowing these things can also help you find the right Austin REALTOR® to work with from the start.
The number one most frequent client’s complaint about a real estate agent is lack of communication. You can avert this dilemma by making sure your REALTOR® is a clear communicator from the get-go. Lay out your expectations clearly, both verbally, and even in your agreement.
How often do you expect updates on showings, new listings and/or on other activity in your neighborhood? Clearly let your Austin REALTOR® know. If your agent fails to meet your expectations, you’ll know it’s time to move on. Differences may arise, but if you and your Austin REALTOR® have an established trust and channel of communication, those issues can be dealt with easier.
You may also find that your Austin REALTOR® is simply just not the best at their job. They might be bad at negotiating, slow to find new properties, lax at returning calls, texts or emails or not good at marketing your property. As one of the fastest growing cities in the country, Austin has a particularly hot real estate market, and your REALTOR® needs to be on the top of their game to land you a property.
You can get an idea of how they fare as an agent by checking out their reviews in advance. Additionally, you should leave reviews for the REALTOR® you do end up going with. In addition, using an Austin REALTOR®, rather than just an Austin real estate agent may help ensure a greater level of competency, as a REALTOR® has obtained a higher level of accreditation.
Finally, after working with your REALTOR® for some time, you may realize that you two are not compatible. Like any relationship, sometimes personalities just don’t mesh, and this is also an acceptable reason to move on.
Contacting Austin REALTORS® you have been referred to and/or Interviewing several potential real estate agents with a prepared list of questionsis a wise choice to avoid this pitfall.
When to Keep Using Your Austin REALTOR®
There are certain instances where letting your Austin REALTOR® go may not actually solve the problem, and there may be larger issues at hand that need to be taken into consideration. For instance, if your home is not selling, it could be because of a bad location, condition or it may not be priced correctly for the current market. Talk to your REALTOR® about this and see if they can think of a solution. A bad location is impossible to change, but your Austin REALTOR® may have ideas on how to upgrade your home or how to adjust the listing price.
Just because your REALTOR® has differences in opinion in how your home should be marketed doesn’t mean they’re wrong. Remember, a good REALTOR® is often more familiar with how the whole home sales process works. So when interviewing potential real estate agents, the main thing you’ll want to make sure of is that you find someone who is knowledgeable and who really has the expertise and experience to best market your home. That way if differences in opinion should arise, you will know you can trust them.
When No Common Ground Can Be Found, Can You Fire Your Austin REALTOR®?
Before parting ways with your Austin REALTOR®, you might want to speak to them about the problems you are having. That way, if your real estate agent is interested in improving the situation, and you find it is able to be improved, you can give them the opportunity, instead of blindsiding them.
It is also important to take into consideration the complications that a contract can create. If you didn’t sign a contract, letting your agent go will be a simple process. But if you’re selling or renting your property, an Austin REALTOR® requires a contract to be signed, which poses some added difficulties. Before entering into any contract, ask about the cancellation policy. Avoid entering into an agreement that you cannot cancel upon request.
Keep in mind, your Listing Agreement or Buyer’s Representation Agreement will have specific clauses which you must fulfill, unless your Austin real estate agent is willing to make cancellation exceptions for you prior to the expiration of the agreements.
If you are in the market for an Austin REALTOR®, give our Austin real estate agency a call. Our agents are among the best in Austin, and even our new agents go through a rigorous training and mentoring process, plus constant continuing education, so that you know your needs are well taken care of. Habitat Hunters also has an on-staff real estate lawyer to help you through the legal aspects of the process.
Contact Habitat Hunters today. We’re always happy to help.