7 Types of Real Estate Agents to Avoid

Posted May 11th, 2012
by Isabell Davila (no comments)

Finding a good realtor can make a world of difference when you’re in the market for a new home or selling your own, especially in America’s sensitive economy. A decent broker will be attentive to your needs, won’t try to force you to buy something you can’t afford, and will know the area like the back of their hand. They will have excellent references, carry impressive titles, and will assist you in making informed decisions without pressuring you one way or another. When selling your home, they will be less concerned with how quickly it gets sold and more concerned with selling your home for a dignified price with respect to your home’s resale value. Unfortunately, there tend to be more bad realtors out there than good, qualified agents. The following real estate agents exemplify traits of a realtor you want to avoid at all costs.

  1. Overly Pushy Agents

    If your real estate agent is more akin to a used car salesmen when trying to get you to buy a house, dump them. A pushy agent will call you with hundreds of listings, even if they don’t particularly match your criteria, or send you tireless emails trying to set up appointments. If you’re selling your home, a pushy real estate agent will try to get you to put your house on the market for a substantially higher price than where it’s valued. They will not let down when you stop returning their calls, and simply try harder to get a hold of you with “that perfect house.” A pushy real estate agent is usually one that gets a commission from your service, and may be desperate to make a sale if they haven’t been very successful. You should never feel pressured to make a decision on a home before you’re ready. If your real estate agent puts this kind of stress on you, you have grounds to ask them to back off.

  2. Falsely Accommodating Agents

    If you have made your needs for a home very clear, and yet your real estate agent continuously shows you homes that are well out of your price range, far below, or simply not the floor plan you have in mind, you need a new agent. A good real estate agent will really listen to what you’re looking for and try to accommodate your specifications as best as he or she can. They won’t waste your time showing you homes that don’t fit your bill. Any agent that does this is trying to test your resolve; they assume that with you’ll budge on price if they find the perfect house. If they’re showing you four-bedroom homes when you want a two-bedroom home, they might legitimately not know of two-bedroom homes within your price range, and thus be desperately trying to show you other options.

  3. Out of Touch Agents

    If you have trouble merely getting a hold of your real estate agent, it’s time to find one who can be fully committed. An agent who is slow to answer emails or phone calls and has a hard time gathering up information quickly is likely only working in the field part-time and is far too inaccessible to complete a transaction. They may have another job or are simply too busy raising a family to help you buy or sell a home. The best kind of agent is one who works full-time in the real estate field, is truly aware of the market fluctuations, and can answer the phone every time. They may even be part of a team or have an assistant, which further shows their genuine passion for real estate.

  4. Inexperienced Agents

    The agent you work with should have solid experience with the neighborhood where you’re looking into buying a home. They should also have experience with your target market and price range. An agent who is just getting into the field doesn’t have the same types of connections an experienced agent will have. Inexperienced agents may be fine for transactions that involve condos or townhouses, but so many more complicated factors come with buying, selling, and appraising a house. Plus, the number of years your agent has been working in the real estate field will more or less correlate with how successful they are. If they really can’t make a business of it, chances are they wouldn’t stick with it.

  5. Uneducated Agents

    Working in the real estate field doesn’t require a college degree. For that reason, you can easily wind up with a 19-year-old agent who might know the area, but doesn’t necessarily have the business skills to forge a legitimate transaction. A college-educated realtor is more likely to be prepared for the complexities of the business and have the skills to succeed in the long-term. Not all realtors without a college background are bad choices, but generally speaking, a lot of them bypassed college in an effort to take an easier, faster route toward financial success. College-educated realtors have a huge desire to excel, even if it takes longer to start making money. You simply can’t put a price on college education and the life skills it endows one with.

  6. Agents without Titles

    One of the ways a realtor can vouch for their experience is to have a string of letters at the end of their name. Some of the common titles are GRI, which stands for Graduate of Realtor’s Institute, CRS, which stands for Certified Residential Specialist, and CLHMS, or Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist. Each title represents some amount of training or real estate education that your realtor had to acquire to get the title, much like a doctor’s title. A GRI has taken extensive courses in residential real estate financing, marketing, and technology, while a CLHMS has the experience and training to deal primarily with top-tier homes on the market. A CRS is particularly impressive, as only about 5% of real estate agents obtain this title.

  7. Unruly Agents

    If you ever have an actual problem with an agent when working with them, you can get in touch with the state agency, which keeps a record of all of the disciplinary actions taken against agents licensed within the state. If a realtor is rude or seems to be conducting underhanded business, you can check with the state agency to see if they have a clean record or not. Occasionally, you’ll even find that your realtor isn’t licensed when trying to do this research. An unlicensed realtor may be committing an act of fraud by selling you a house that isn’t theirs to sell.

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