REALTOR® Red Flags: How to Know You’ve Hired the Wrong Real Estate Agent

Having a professional real estate agent working with you when buying or selling a home is always a great idea.

Signs You're About to Hire the Wrong Real Estate Agent | Reader's Digest

However, not all real estate agents and REALTORS® are created equal, and you want to make sure you’re working with

the best. Here are some signs that your REALTOR® might not be the greatest fit for you, and that you should find

someone new.

Poor Communication

Communication is key in any relationship, including the one with your real estate agent. Swift and clear communication

will ensure everyone is staying on the same page. Open communication is also the best way for your agent to

understand your wants and needs. If communication between you and your agent is poor, there are likely going to be

more issues down the road. While your agent can’t be there for you 24/7, it’s reasonable to expect them to reply to you

within a day, or to at least let you know they’ve received your message and will get back to you when they can.

You also need to know they’re actually listening to you when you’re talking with them. Your conversations shouldn’t

feel one-sided or like everything you’re saying is going in one ear and out the other. Active listening is an essential skill

for any great real estate agent, and it’s important for them to understand what you need from them.


This is a smaller issue, but a lack of professionalism from your real estate agent is a bad sign. Your agent can appear

unprofessional in many ways, from constantly being late to meetings to always wearing casual clothing. While this

alone may not bother you, it’s an indicator that the agent doesn’t care much about you or their job. If that’s the case,

they’re not likely to give you their best.

Too Much Pressure

Your real estate agent should be confident and assertive in their work, especially when giving you their opinion on

homes you’re looking to buy or offers being given in your home. However, your agent should never go so far as to be

pushy or pressure you into taking steps or making transactions you don’t want to.

Lack of Progress

Buying or selling a home isn’t something that’s just going to happen on its own. That’s why you’re hiring a real estate

agent — they’re meant to be actively working and progressing towards your goal. However, if you’re a buyer who

hasn’t been going to any viewings because your agent hasn’t been setting many up, that’s a problem. As a seller, you

need to be sure that your agent is showing your home to interested buyers. If you haven’t been seeing any progress at

all over months of searching, then you likely need a new agent.

How to Change Real Estate Agents

As a buyer or a seller, you likely signed a contract with your agent to ensure they get their commission. This may make

it seems like you’re absolutely stuck with your agent even if you’re not working well with them. However, this isn’t

necessarily true. Simply talking with your agent and being honest yet polite about your issues can go a long way. More

than likely, they will be willing to drop the contract, as a non-functional relationship will be wasting your time as well

as theirs. Even though your partnership didn’t quite work out, always remember to show appreciation for the work

that they have done, as leaving on good terms is best for everyone.

At this point, all you need to do is look for a new agent to help you out. Using the knowledge you gained from this less-

than-ideal partnership, you can find a much better real estate agent to work with you!