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September 18th, 2014 at 11:00 am

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Whether you’re buying or selling a home, your relationship with your real estate agent is more than just a business relationship. Its foundation should be built on trust and confidence. Sometimes the relationship might not be working as you expected, and you and your agent just aren’t a good match. It’s OK to terminate the relationship if you believe you could be better served elsewhere.

As a buyer, you should only be working with one real estate agent. Although you may not have signed a contract, real estate agents put in long hours, often based on good faith. If you are working with more than one agent, you should break off ties and only work with one. The newer a relationship is, the easier it will be to end. If you’ve been with an agent for a long time but don’t think things are going well, start by being honest with that person. Give your agent feedback about what is and isn’t working for you. If the agent can work to remedy the situation, let him or her know. However, if you are ready to move on, make that clear to the agent.

As a seller, ending the relationship with your agent is a bit more complicated. You are likely involved in a contractual agreement. Start by voicing your concerns. Your agent might let you out of the agreement or hold you to the length of your contact. If your conversation does not go the way you hoped, consider talking to the agent’s manager. Some companies will keep your listing but assign another agent who can better service your needs and still offer the benefits that originally drew you to that company.

When you’ve finalized the breakup, make sure you have the agreement in writing. This will protect you from any unnecessary charges after you’ve moved on. As you begin to look for a new agent, consider recommendations from family and friends first. A personal referral is often the best way to find the right agent. You also can request to interview agents before you begin a relationship. This can help you determine if they’re the right fit for you. Don’t hesitate to ask an agent for referrals. This can be a great way to discover the agent’s strong points and qualities.

 

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