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Signs You May Have a BAD Realtor



For most people, Buying or Selling a house is a major financial decision, and have hired a licensed Realtor to represent their interests. So how do you know if you’re Realtor is any good? 

Are you thinking about buying a house? If so, and especially if this is your first time doing so, here’s my top 3 signs you have a bad real estate agent: 
 
A buyer’s agent is responsible for helping you find your ideal home based on your budget. 
They also must take the time to listen to your needs,  and educate you about the local market. 
 Once you’ve found the right house, they negotiate a great price and terms, and educate you about the entire buying process. 
 And most importantly, keep you in the loop so you never have to ask “What’s Next?” 
 At least, that’s what they’re supposed to do. 

Sign #1 you have a bad buyers agent: 
Communication Issues 
One of the most common complaints home buyers have about their real estate agents: They can’t get in touch with them! 
You Call.....Text......Email..  You wait.....there’s no timely response. This can be detrimental in a hot housing market. Poor communication will cause you to miss out on opportunities to buy the house you really want.  

Sign #2 you have a bad buyers agent: 
Power Struggles 
Granted, it takes a high level of professional confidence to walk a home buyer through the most expensive purchase they’ll ever make.  
But that does not mean your realtor can forget who’s the boss.  
You. Are. The. Boss.  Period 
Any agent who pressures you to buy a home you aren’t sure about or much more than you need to spend  is more interested in their commission than helping you find the best home for you and your family. 
 
Sign # 3 of a bad buyers agent: 
Lack of Leadership 
The flip side of this, is your agent is only a “yes-man”? 
Meaning they always seems to agree with all your apprehensions and not offering you any honest, solid advice. 
 You want an agent who’ll give you honest advice based on their research and experience—even when they know you may not like what they have to say. 
And there’s constructive ways these things need to be said. 
Your buyers agent doesn’t have a license to be a jerk! 
No matter how many questions you have or how basic they may be, your agent should be patient enough to answer each one without throwing a ton of jargon at you. 
 And you’ve got to be able to trust your agent to act professionally on your behalf.  
Simply put: You don’t have to put up with an arrogant, condescending or just plain rude agent. 
Your Agent should have patience of a teacher and negotiating skills of a lion. 
If you’re probably nodding you head right now or red flags doing up in your head.... 
It’s time to hire a new agent.
 
What if You’re a Homeowner and thinking about Selling? 

A great listing agent educates you about the local market and helps you set the correct price. They take care of all the marketing to make sure  qualified buyers see it.  
They give you tips about staging your home for showings and help make sure the curb appeal is actually, appealing. Finally, they are experienced, expert negotiators.
 
Here are four signs you have a bad listing agent: 
Sign # 1 Brand New Agent with little experience 

 When thinking about selling your home , you may ask around about hiring a Realtor..and your cousin just got their real estate license.. Your Uncle Gary convinces you to give your cousin the listing to give Cuz a break. 
Epic Mistake!...Not because of the family ties.. 
Because An inexperienced agent doesn’t have the industry contacts or (sometimes) even the know-how to handle the home-selling process.  
Missing one little deadline can easily cost you the sale of your home. 
Plus,  you need an experienced negotiator—both for the sale price and any repairs that may come up after the home inspection.  
You cannot fake experience. 

Sign # 2 Poor Marketing 
Your agent’s job is to attract buyers for your home. 
That does not mean just putting a sign in the yard and the listing in the MLS. 
That’s known as “Post and Pray.” It’s when you post a sign in front of a home and pray someone buys it.  
I’m a big believer in the power of prayer, but I also believe in marketing and hard work.  
Ask to see your agent’s marketing plan for your home. Make sure you understand why they choose some marketing methods over other. If your Realtor is any good, they will be able to fully explain why they do or not do certain marketing strategies without sounding like they are handing you a line of BS.
 
Sign # 3 Misplaced Priorities 
Realtors work on commission. It’s easy to figure out that if the house is more expensive the bigger the Realtors paycheck is going to be. 
This fact should never come into play in the way an agent represents his clients.  
Are you feeling your agent treating you as a “lesser” client just because of the price point of your home?  
Is there lack of communication, 
showing up late for appointments,  
showing impatience when answering your questions,  
and (here’s a a big clue) pressing you to drop your asking price without giving any evidence to support the request? A good real estate agent will show you recently sold listings that you are competing against. 
If any of these are ringing a bell about your current Realtor, it’s a major sign that something isn’t right. 

4. Nothing’s Happening 
Real estate is a results-based business. If it’s been weeks with no showings, no calls and no interest, it’s time for a “come to Jesus” meeting with your agent.  
In this meeting, you must make it crystal clear that you expect timely reports and commincation..Even if there’s nothing to report. If they don’t, or if they say they will and the problem persists, stop wasting your time with the wrong agent. 
By the way: If your home is not selling in this hot sellers market, it’s not your agent. it’s your pricing. 


What to Do if You Have a Bad Real Estate Agent 
You’ve tried speaking with your agent. You’ve had not one, but several “Come to Jesus” meetings, and they’re just not coming around. It’s time to cut them loose. 
But you have to be careful. 
Read your contract. Usually, there is a defined expiration date. 
 The first thing to do is speak with the agent’s broker and ask them to let you out of the deal. If the situation merits,  Brokers always want to maintain good will in the community. 
If that doesn’t work, it may be time to get a lawyer involved. 
But If your agent has any integrity at all, it shouldn’t come to this. 
In the meantime, you can start interviewing a replacement.    
Above all of this, choose a Realtor that cares more about YOU and your family than they do about their commission check.  

I’m Lisa Kelly with Premier Realty. Until then, I ‘ll see you on the next  
one. 
 

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I had such a positive experience working with Lisa. Not only is she a complete professional, but such a compassionate human being. Her knowledge guiding me through the Florida real estate process was so helpful as a first-time Florida homebuyer. She was always prompt and responsive while going above and beyond. She attended all key inspections in person and kept me informed throughout the entire process. If you are looking for a great real estate experience, look no further. Lisa is your gal to get the job done. I will definitely be working with her again in the future.

 

~ DJ Bradley

We can’t say enough good things about Lisa Kelly! From the moment she stepped through our front door, she demonstrated all the characteristics you want in your realtor: integrity, friendliness, optimism, thorough knowledge of her field, state-of-the-art technical savvy, unflagging energy and sensitivity to all our own needs and feelings. Our house sold in four days and we are certain this success was largely due to Lisa’s skill and hard work. We highly recommend Lisa Kelly to anyone looking for a top notch realtor!

 

~ Tom and Kim Manske

We can’t say enough good things about Lisa Kelly! From the moment she stepped through our front door, she demonstrated all the characteristics you want in your realtor: integrity, friendliness, optimism, thorough knowledge of her field, state-of-the-art technical savvy, unflagging energy and sensitivity to all our own needs and feelings. Our house sold in four days and we are certain this success was largely due to Lisa’s skill and hard work. We highly recommend Lisa Kelly to anyone looking for a top notch realtor!

 

~ Kim Manske

Sidney Wyland Lisa Kelly was our realtor that helped us with our move from Utah to Lakeland. She is a very good resource for us in Lakeland and helped us buy our new home. We found Lisa on the internet. She has helped us with all the contacts and scheduling to insure all things here went smoothly. The closing on our home was completed on time which was very important as we had are household goods being delivered from two different states. She also continues to be there for us for any referrals or help we may need here locally. I would highly recommend her to anyone buying a home.

 

~ Rick and Sidney Wyland

Just wanted to thank Lisa for a job well done. I worked with Lisa on 2 of our homes this past year. We sold one in June and another late in the year. Everything went smooth and all details were handled in a very professional manor. Thanks again Lisa; nice working with you. Lee Brown

 

~ Lee and Frankie Brown

We had been looking for a new home for about three months. We changed Realtors and began working with Lisa. She showed us a couple of places. We talked about limits on price and location. We looked again on a couple. We did not care for those. She emailed us about a home that was being restored for a flip. We met her at our current home. We liked the location and made an offer which was accepted. She did a great job getting the seller to accept and a wonderful job from there. The closing took about fifteen minutes. We have been very happy from that day on. Patricia and Bill Crabb

 

~ Bill and Patricia Crabb

We had been looking for a new home for about three months. We changed Realtors and began working with Lisa. She showed us a couple of places. We talked about limits on price and location. We looked again on a couple. We did not care for those. She emailed us about a home that was being restored for a flip. We met her at our current home. We liked the location and made an offer which was accepted. She did a great job getting the seller to accept and a wonderful job from there. The closing took about fifteen minutes. We have been very happy from that day on. Patricia and Bill Crabb

 

~ Bill & Patricia Crabb

Just wanted to thank Lisa for a job well done. I worked with Lisa on 2 of our homes this past year. We sold one in June and another late in the year. Everything went smooth and all details were handled in a very professional manor. Thanks again Lisa; nice working with you. Lee Brown

 

~ Lee & Frankie Brown

01/03/2017 - shunter317 Bought a Single Family home in 2016 for approximately $175K in Lakeland, FL. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: Lisa is an exceptional agent as she knows real estate law and the local market. She communicates and is extremely responsive to her clients questions and needs. She walked us through a complicated contract. We consider Lisa a new friend.

 

~ What Others Had to say

Highly likely to recommend 08/09/2016 - HappyBuyerNEOH Bought a Single Family home in 2016 for approximately $225K in Lakeland, FL. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: I highly recommend Lisa Kelly! She was awesome to work with through the whole process. Her communication and promptness went above and beyond my expectations. Working in the mortgage industry, I see all types of realtors, if you want a genuine, awesome, go getter- she is your girl!

 

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Highly likely to recommend 10/27/2014 - jessbparker Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $75K in Auburndale, FL. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: I cannot say enough about Lisa Kelly. She helped my husband and I buy our first home when we had limited funds and difficult circumstances. She is extremely knowledgeable about homes, market, taxes- anything you could want to know. She is also an excellent advocate for her clients during negotiations, which really came in handy when you're a nervous first-time home buyer.Less

 

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Highly likely to recommend 02/22/2014 - par167 Bought a home in 2014. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: Lisa Kelly is the hardest working woman I know! If you are in the market to buy or sell take it from my personal experience she delivers results!In Polk County or anywhere else for that matter you will be hard pressed to ever get better service. Paul Renner.....

 

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Highly likely to recommend 02/25/2012 - user027478 Bought and sold a Single Family home in 2011 for approximately $275K in Lakeland, FL. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: Lisa is the most professional realtor I've ever worked with... she's direct, honest, highly-knowledgable, very responsive and a consummate professional. She played fundamentally important roles in helping us to sell our house in a tough market. She's a hard worker and also gave us great advice and we were able to sell after listing for about 30 days. She then helped us find and close on our dream home. Her persistance and negotiating savvy helped us buy a house that was not a very convential listing. If we'd had an average realtor, we'd have been a lot less successful with both our deals. I'd recommend Lisa to anyone who wants to work with a genuine professional. She could write a book on what it takes to be an outstanding service provider.

 

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02/09/2012 - Alyson7707 Bought a Single Family home in 2009 for approximately $125K in Bartow, FL. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: We absolutely loved our experience with Lisa.. She is incredibly knowledgeable and dedicated to finding the home of your dreams. We couldn't be happier with the home she found us or the time we spent with her--she made the experience exciting and easy. We do not hesitate to recommend her to friends and family and will absolutely work with her in the future. Thanks again Lisa! -Michael & Alyson Elrod

 

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Highly likely to recommend 02/08/2012 - AimeeWeed Bought a Single Family home in 2010 for approximately $100K in Auburndale, FL. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: Lisa was always quick to respond to my questions. I honestly think that my family and I would not be in this wonderful house without her hard work. She is honest, not afraid to give her opinion in a helpful way, and she is very knowledgeable in all aspects of her job.

 

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Wonderful wonderful experience. Lisa is what I call a dream maker. I had the dream, and she made it a reality.Lisa's hard work, her quick response, her compassion in knowing I was a single mom purchasing my first house, has earned my loyalty in using her as my realtor for life.

 

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Highly likely to recommend 03/09/2011 - reedswife11 Bought and sold a Single Family home in 2011 for approximately $75K in Lakeland, FL. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: This woman is amazing, we have run into every road block imaginable and she has negotiated our problems quickly and effectivly everytime. Always available and Always puts her clients first

 

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