07 Jul How do I find a better agent without angering my current one (and all her friends)?
I live in small city where one franchise does a vast majority of the business (I've heard quotes ranging from 75% to 95%). I signed up with a buyer's agent from the biggest, best reviewed team from that franchise, which supposedly does more business than any other team.
It's been hell.
So far as I can tell, they just rely on the easy transactions in our seller's market and coast along. It seems like they spend more time partying than anything else. Most times that I try to call her, she texts back that she's at a party with the team, or at a bar, or at a casino, etc.
I tried to place an offer on a house recently. When I asked for comps, she was clueless. First, she just gave me printed listings of like 20 houses in the city. None of them had sold yet, only a few were anything like the one I was bidding on, etc. When I politely asked for something more substantial, she had to defer to her boss. The boss gave me a printout from a computer program that seems to be meant for sellers, not buyers. On top of that, they again used houses completely unlike the one in question. They mostly used mansions, and they made zero adjustments. There was even a whole section for adjustments, but each cell was left blank. Not surprisingly, the suggested price at the end was exactly what my agent had recommended.
On top of that, it took so long to get the contacts together (over 2 weeks from the day I said I wanted to buy, mainly because she will only communicate via text) that the house was sold out from under me!
I know I need to switch, but I'm afraid of two things. First, how do I know I won't end up in a similar or worse position? I did all the things that are recommended, but I still got burnt.
Second, how do I keep from getting "blacklisted"? I know for a fact that all the agents in this franchise are besties who hang out constantly. They even describe it as a sorority. I've even heard stories from others of getting poor treatment from agents in the franchise who weren't their agent after leaving the franchise (I wish I had heard these stories before signing on…).
I'm so stressed out and so worried. What do you recommend?