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If you find yourself in a relationship with a realtor that isn't working can leaving you feeling trapped, frustrated, and unsure of how to move on. Well, it is possible to move forward and to do so with a different agent. It's better to make the switch sooner rather than later. Holding off is only going to waste everyone's time.

Reasons to Change Agents

Buyers have many reasons for wanting to switch agents. If you have not signed a buyer's broker agreement, the real estate agent does not "own you." No agent has any claim on you, and you can switch to any other agent you prefer. Here are some reasons that might have you kicking your first agent to the curb:

Poor Communication Skills

When you stop receiving timely replies from your realtor, it can be a severe warning sign your partnership isn't a good fit. Whether it's unreturned phone calls, text messages, or emails, unacknowledged messages are a reliable indicator that your real estate agent isn't prioritizing your needs.

General Distrust

If you feel like you're questioning everything your agent is telling you, your relationship is probably not a positive one. Think about why you don't trust him or her and determine if the reasons are valid.

Seems Unfamiliar With The Neighborhood

Many agents specialize in particular neighborhoods or communities. This helps them to build up their expertise and deliver better value to buyers and sellers in that area. If you are seeking a home in a specific area, it is essential your agent know that area inside and out and can help you find the best home for your needs.

Appears To Be More Interested In His or Her Interests Than Yours

An excellent real estate agent listens to your needs, understands your lifestyle, budget, and concerns, then finds the right home to meet these requirements. When agents start to show you a bunch of houses that don't fit your specifications, it's fair to question if they really care. You shouldn't feel like your agent is pushing you in a direction that isn't the right fit.

Personalities Don't Mesh

Some personalities just don't go. That is reason enough to make the change, and it's nothing to feel sorry about.

Steps to Making the Switch

Ending relationships can leave you feeling uneasy. Luckily, there are ways to do it gracefully. Have the conversation as soon as possible. Don't drag it out. Just tell your agent how you feel so you can move on. However, you'll first have to discuss legal requirements together. Discuss the legal agreements to dissolve the contract and discuss expectations for any future dealings you have with another agent.

Despite the relationship not working out, it's always best to show appreciation for the work your agent has contributed up to this point. Leaving on reasonable terms or trying to preserve your relationship is a friendly way to end. It will go a long way to prevent emotional stress in the long run.

How to Handle the Switch

Most of the reasons you have for wanting to change agents circles back around to this one simple idea: You believe another agent will do a better job. You do not need to give a specific reason for the switch to the agent about why you are switching. You can just thank the agent for his or her time and say you have chosen a different agent.

It's important to tell that agent you no longer want to work with them. Yes, it can feel as awkward as a breakup. Thankfully, you are in no way obligated to rattle off reasons. If you really don't want to be the one to break the news of the breakup, ask your new agent to help you out. They will have no problems doing so.

Sometimes the agent will not let you go. If you haven't signed a contract, the agent has no choice (Bye, buddy!). However, that doesn't mean they will set you free with the grace and ease you were hoping for. Some agents believe if they do everything short of getting on their knees and begging, clients will change their minds about switching agents. Do not deviate, especially if this situation occurs. Thank for them for everything they've done and move on.

Once you've made the switch, it can seem like a daunting task to start your search all over again. But it doesn't have to be. Ending your current relationship will allow you to move forward to sell or buy your next house successfully!

We understand that your home search isn't just your home search. We believe it's an essential investment in your future. That's why we created Clever. Clever helps you find a local, flat fee full-service agent that not only has expertise in your market, and they don't cost an arm and a leg to provide it.


Andrew Schmeerbauch

Andrew Schmeerbauch is the Director of Marketing at Clever Real Estate, the free online service that connects you top agents to save on commission. His focus is educating home buyers and sellers on navigating the complex world of real estate with confidence and ease. Andrew has worked on projects for the United Nations and USC and has a particular passion for investing and finance. Andrew's writing has been featured in Mashvisor, L&T, Ideal REI, and Rentometer.

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