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5 Signs That It’s Time To Fire Your Realtor

5 Signs That It’s Time To Fire Your Realtor

If you’re one of the brave souls that’s ever attempted navigating through the treacherous waters of selling your home, then you’re not a stranger to the stressful nature of such a transaction. Sure, selling a home sounds quick and painless, especially if you’re using a realtor, right?

Not necessarily.

Thousands of homeowners that don’t understand the anatomy of a real estate transaction (or just want mass MLS exposure of their home), will hire a realtor, aka a “glorified real estate agent”.  They do this under the assumption that a realtor will make the transaction go smoother, simpler, and most importantly, faster. Unfortunately, many home owners have quite a different experience.

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Here are a few signals to look out for that could mean it’s time to find another realtor:

1. You House Simply Isn’t Selling

The idea that a real estate agent, through their hard effort and experience finds just the right buyer for your home is simply a real estate myth. You see, there are only 3 main factors that will actually cause your home to go from unsold to…sold. They are: Price, Condition, and Location. No one can change the location, so if a home is priced correctly according to its condition, then anyone can sell it…not just a realtor.

So, if you’re house isn’t selling as quickly as you were told by your realtor, then why should you blame them? Because once you hire a realtor to represent you, they owe you a fiduciary duty.

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You see, in acting as a fiduciary to you, they should properly research the market, and advise you to list the property at a price that will bring offers. If the realtor advises you on an incorrect list price that’s too high, in order to “get the listing”, then you won’t know until months later when your house remains unsold.

2. Promises Are Being Broken

It’s not uncommon for a newbie real estate agent that desperately needs a listing to over-promise and under-deliver, especially in regard to the amount of money that they say they can get you for your house. But newbie realtors and agents don’t always intentionally make promises that they can’t keep; sometimes they lack the experience in properly determining home values for their clients.

If a realtor tells you that they can sell your house for $150,000 in 60 days or less without providing proof of similar homes selling at that same price within that same time period, then red flags should go up right away. Agents that list “over-priced” homes using this technique have a pre-planned strategy to encourage you (after a few weeks have passed) to reduce the list price of your home. If you’ve found that your agent/realtor has over-priced your home, ask them to release you from the listing agreement immediately and either sell your house without a REALTOR or hire a new one.

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3. There’s Zero Marketing Being Done

Believe it or not, the only marketing that a realtor really has to do to generate an offer on a well-priced home, is to list it in the local Board Of Realtors Multiple Listing Service (the MLS).  Once listed, your home is instantly available to hundreds or even thousands of other realtors and their buyers to see. So it’s actually the MLS that’s a realtor’s best and usually only marketing tool to get your home sold quickly and for the most amount of money.

If your realtor doesn’t take the time to have professional photos taken of your home, and quickly get all the details accurately entered into the MLS and on the market by the agreed upon date, then you should be extremely concerned. Why? Because if your realtor can’t do the ONE marketing task that is actually going to bring offers, then you have to wonder what else their letting fall through the cracks during the remainder of the selling process.

4. Communication Is Seriously Lacking

You’ve heard it before, “communication is key”, and in a real estate transaction, it’s not just a cliche; thousands of dollars could be lost if communication is lacking between you and your realtor.

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You should be concerned early on, if you believe that you’re realtor isn’t informing you of:

  • the feedback received from buyers that have seen your home but have yet to make an offer
  • offers from qualified buyers in a timely manner
  • potential issues with the buyer’s loan processing/approval
  • statuses of reports, such as inspection reports or appraisals
  • the status of your counter-offers

Realtors need to be in constant communication with their clients throughout the entire listing agreement period. If yours isn’t, you might consider a different realtor.

5. Questions Aren’t Getting Answered Accurately Or Honestly

If you find early on, that your realtor can’t answer simple questions that directly relate to the industry that they work in, then you could be setting yourself up for failure. You absolutely must make sure that your realtor/real estate agent is competent enough in their field to be able to hold your hand and guide you properly through the complexities of selling a piece of real estate. Their not selling cars or mattresses; their selling your nest egg that you’ve treated like your firstborn.

With that in mind, if your realtor isn’t able to answer these questions accurately, they are highly unqualified to be your Fiduciary:

  • When exactly does the “Option Period” expire?
  • The buyer wants to negotiate repairs before the inspection. Should we?
  • How do you know that this buyer is qualified to purchase this home?
  • Do you know the track record of the selling agent that is representing the buyer?
  • What factors are preventing my home from selling, besides price?

Summary

Due to the complexities of a real estate transaction, unfortunately, most home owners lack the experience to “know what they don’t know”. If that’s you, then don’t let fear stop you from hiring a realtor to represent you, just be mindful of what we covered in this article, before, during, and after you decided to work with a real estate professional.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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