There are a lot of real estate agents out there in the world, and unfortunately, some of them don’t have your best interests at heart. If you’re looking to buy or sell a home, you shouldn’t settle for just any real estate agent. 

But how can you tell the good from the bad? 

It isn’t always easy, but here are a few telltale signs that you should move on to another agent. 

Poor Responsiveness 

Though buying or selling a home can be a drawn out process, the market itself moves fast. When an opportunity arises, you need to act quickly. If your real estate agent isn’t responding to your calls, text messages, or emails, that’s a serious problem. 

Now, of course, a real estate agent has a life, and probably other clients as well, so they might not be able to turn around a response in a matter of minutes every single time. The best thing to do is to establish a preferred method of communication and a general window of response time when you first begin working together. 

After that, if they aren’t measuring up on their end, this could be a sign of things to come. 

Adding Pressure and Not Listening 

A real estate agent is supposed to make the process of buying or selling a home easier. They should remove stress and leave you feeling confident in what’s going on. If they’re adding pressure or tension to this situation, it’s defeating one of the major purposes of having them there. 

One of the biggest ways a poor real estate agent adds pressure is by not listening and/or pushing their own agenda. If they’re bringing you homes or offers you’re not wanting, and they’re not following through on suggestions you’ve made, then they’re making things worse, not better. 

That’s not to say you won’t feel any pressure during the purchasing or selling process. It tends to come with the territory. But a good real estate agent will work with you to get through it together. 

They Don’t Know What They’re Talking About 

Now, a crafty real estate agent can be pretty good at covering their tracks and sounding like they know what they’re talking about when they don’t. That’s why you really have to be on guard for this one. If they stumble around when you ask them questions, speak a lot of words without really saying anything, or quickly switch to different topics, they’re probably trying to cover for a lack of knowledge. 

You want a real estate agent that knows the market, the system, and the processes. They should be informative.  

Almost too informative. 

That’s not to say they’ll know everything. Even the most experienced agent will occasionally have to look something up or do some research. But in those times, they should be honest, and let you know they’ll look further into the situation. 

Want to Avoid a Bad Realtor? 

At Metro San Diego Realty, we’re driven by customer satisfaction. It’s in everyone’s best interest for our clients to find the home they love or the sale price they need. We’re experts in San Diego real estate with years of experience and success stories to back that claim up. 

And we’re here for you 7 days a week. 

If your current real estate agent just isn’t working for you, we will. Contact us today for more details. 

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