Overwhelmingly, real estate agents honorably perform their professional duties. However, while a real estate agent owes a fiduciary duty to you, not all real estate agents are created equal. Some agents are new and don’t quite know what they are doing. Some agents while experienced, may not be well versed in your area or type of property. And a very few are just plain bad. sellers like you are just one of many when an agent focuses on the almighty dollar instead of fulfilling their fiduciary duty to you. Read on to discover five of the signs of a bad Kansas City real estate agent.
Before we proceed, let me just state that the ENTIRE team at kcmoHomeBuyer.com are real estate agents. For the most part, most agents do a great job, but we have run into quite a few sellers who had attempted to sell their homes with a real estate agent and it was not going well for many reasons, this article is to take a look at those reasons.
When it comes to selling a house there is a ton of communication that should be happening.
And it’s not just about the real estate agent telling you how to make your home look the best or what price you should list it for. It is also about the agent talking with you to find out your motivations and reasons for selling to make sure you get the absolute best outcome for you.
A good agent will listen to what you have to say and work with you to make sure your needs are met:
- Do you have time and money to “get the home ready” to sell or not?
- Do you have a month or two to get it sold, or do you have a hard deadline in 30 days?
Taking the time to communicate fully with your agent will help them formulate a plan to get your home sold that best fits your needs. But if your agent is not listening to what you have to say, maybe they are not the best.
it takes a lot of skills to list and sell a home. Communication skills as we have mentioned above but also other skills.
- Organization Skills to make sure all the tasks needed to market the home get completed properly.
- Marketing Skills to show your home in the best possible way.
- Negotiating skills to help you get the best possible price in a time frame that meets your needs.
- Juggling Skills for lack of a better term to keep all the many aspects of the transaction going.
You can tell a lot about an agent in the first interactions with them. Before you even call them, take some time to look for their online presence to see if it appears professional: their website, their social media, their online reviews. Then when you reach out to schedule an initial appointment, do they return messages promptly, are they on time for appointments, and do they follow through on what they say they are going to do? The way they act with you in the first 2 or 3 days is how the entire transaction will go.
Here at kcmoHomeBuyer.com we strive to return all messages within an hour during business hours and by the next morning if we are after hours. We keep our appointments and you will probably find us showing up early. And we do what we say we are going to do.
Time to Do the Job
Another item to consider is if they have the time to do the job of selling your house. Some agents are full time and some are part-time around another job. Not that that is a bad thing, but I know when we have to deal with agents that have a “day job” we often have to wait until after hours to get messages and answers returned, which can delay or derail the transaction.
On the flip side, an agent is just too busy. An agent with a lot of listings is always a good sign of a good agent. But if that agent has too many listings and not enough staff, things may start to fall between the cracks. Things don’t get done or may not get done well.
Good Agent But Not for Your Property
We also talk with a lot of sellers who either have a friend or a family member who is a real estate agent. We are sure your friend or family member are great agents, but keep in mind that they may not be the best agent for YOU.
It maybe be that your friend is an expert in selling high-end houses, but you have a lower-priced home. Or it may be that your family member does great with average homes or homes in great condition, but you are attempting to sell that rental house that a tenant just trashed and you don’t have the time or money to put it back together again. Or maybe your friend specializes in Johnson County homes but yours is north of the river.
While we would love to buy your property, if listing would be a better option for you, we can help. We are Realtors and we list our own homes that we have renovated for top dollar. We also list and market rental properties and apartments for landlords. We also have years of experience listing and selling junker houses for the banks. We have the time and experience to take on just about any listing, but if it is outside of our area, or if we feel we have too many deals on our plate, we will refer you to one of our many trusted Realtor friends.
NOT PENALIZED FOR NOT GETTING EVERYTHING CLEANED OUT OF THE HOUSE
I liked the fact that I wasn’t penalized or felt pressure for not getting everything cleaned out of the house. There was over 40 years and three families’ worth of treasure stored in the house, making me feel that the challenge of cleaning it was going to be impossible. I did what I could and you never hesitated in telling me that it’s ok to leave the rest behind.