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5 Signs Your Real Estate Agent Isn't Right For You

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Are you on the hunt to find the right real estate agent? If you are, you’ll understand the importance of using a quality agent to sell your home.

Unfortunately not all real estate agents are created equal, and for many people they’re the near the bottom of the list for least trusted professionals.

We know it’s not easy trying to find a real estate agent that ticks all the boxes: reliable, has good local knowledge, trustworthy, imparts a friendly empathetic manner, has strong negotiation skills and more!

But don’t be discouraged - enlisting the experience, skills and support of a good real estate agent to help in what could be a stressful sales process is still the right thing to do.

Follow these telltale signs so you can spot (and avoid) a substandard real estate agent right from the start:

 

1. They give you the runaround 

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Good communication skills are essential for an agent/vendor relationship. If you’re getting frustrated with your calls going to voice message and messages not being returned then move on. If you sign up this agent to sell your home it’s pretty likely you won’t get the progress updates and feedback you need. Find someone who cares.

 

2. They lack appropriate training 

An agent’s lack of experience isn’t necessarily a bad thing as long as they have the appropriate real estate courses and training under their belt. New agents can make up for a lack of experience by showing qualities such as: enthusiasm, dedication, trustworthiness and empathy.

Always ask to see a portfolio of recent sales and/or a list of vendors you can contact for feedback. Whether they’re new or established agents, if they’re good at what they do they’ll have results and the comments from happy vendors to prove it.

 

3. They aren't technology savvy

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In today’s technological age you need a real estate agent with a strong internet presence and mobile responsive website. If an agent is weak in this area then it follows that you won’t get a  strong online marketing campaign - all important for getting your home in front of potential buyers!

Check the agent’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, do they regularly post listings and have a large amount of followers?

 

4. They're too pushy

Many real estate agents are more interested in making a quick sale than getting you the best price for your property. If you’re concerned about their negotiation tactics to get you to sign with them, then how will they negotiate on your behalf with a buyer?

A good agent won’t pressure you into signing up with them, they’ll tell you all the facts and let you make an informed decision.

 

4. They're unfriendly

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Even if an agent ticks some of the above boxes, if they’re just plain unfriendly, a bully or make you uncomfortable, don’t sign with them.

Selling your home is a stressful experience at the best of times and the situation could likely turn into a pressure cooker if the agent doesn’t have the emotional capacity to smooth things over. A good agent knows how to negotiate a rocky road of selling and come out the other end with their vendors’ nerves intact.

If you enjoyed these tips for selling your house be sure to sign up to the Bricks+Agent monthly newsletter below and get advice straight your inbox! 

Topics: Better Selling

Rafael Niesten

Written by Rafael Niesten

In his early 20s, Perth local Rafael Niesten, won a scholarship to study in Canada, with that came the opportunity to volunteer at a local radio station. That spawned his entrepreneurial streak, returning to Perth in 2001 he set up community radio Groove FM. More by luck than design, they became successful, too successful as they took a significant chunk of the Perth Market. This sent up the red flag with his commercial competitors who saw to it that he came before the Australian Broadcasting Authority and on technicalities such as the number of volunteers he was forced to move on. He received the citizen of the year award for Western Australia (youth) and was a finalist in the Australian of the year awards (Youth). Falling on his sword he turned to running small and large scale events, all the while buying, renovating and selling properties. Buying and selling land and renovated houses provided a grounding in the property industry. He founded a cloud based medical grade voice recognition company, followed by co founding the first true cloud application for private practice in the health sector. He successfully exited these ventures at the end of 2016 and began building Bricks+Agent.

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