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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Sorry... but the Q&A section is not a place where I'm inclined to click through to an article, read something lengthy and then click back to comment. I suggest you write a post about this and get people's comments.

Dec 20, 2016 04:29 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I don't click through on links in the Q&A. 

Dec 20, 2016 06:13 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

Good post & then it turns out to be a 'commercial' for 2 agents. THAT makes me skeptical. Why use their name? Was the post to give advice or do a sales pitch for the 2 agents?


Dec 20, 2016 05:02 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

I don't like the heavy emphasis on stats.  I prefer the testimonial, client satisfaction factor.

Dec 19, 2016 06:44 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I support easy release clauses in listing agreements.

Dec 19, 2016 05:23 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Not satisfied with my services, I will withdraw the listing!

Dec 20, 2016 05:30 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

This article is a sales pitch cloaked in the perception of a problem. And of course the SOLUTIONS is presented, not in the Q & A but as the only resource to provide the answers to the questions they create.

Not different from the "21 Questions to ask the agent you are interviewing" nearly all real estate agents peddle.

They are ALWAYS questions the author agent can answer positively.

What the article fails to mention is 'THE AGENT DOES NOT OWN THE LISTING." That is kind of important.

Dec 20, 2016 05:16 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

There should not be a 'difficult' way to fire your agent - a simple termination is all you need here.  

In fact, I tell people that if they write in a crayon on a piece of scratch paper, "You're fired!"  - that's all I would need!  I wouldn't EVER want to work with someone who is not happy with my services!

Dec 19, 2016 09:08 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I look at it as not being the right match.  Making each other wrong is idiotic.  A

Dec 19, 2016 06:56 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Dialog should precede the firing.  Much goes on beyond the scenes and though the clients may think that nothing is happening it may be on schedule.

Dec 19, 2016 06:12 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Step 11.  Tell your agent you have decided to use another agent. Tell your agent who you have decided to go with.  Ask your agent to reach out to the agent you wish to use and tell them the old agent is going to give them a referral for a 25% referral fee.  That way the agent can at least recoup some of their marketing cost. 

Dec 20, 2016 09:27 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Alexa Collins Why would I want to give this information to someone on how to fire their real estate agent?

Dec 20, 2016 06:39 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Okay. First thing. You don't have to fire an agent you selected properly in the first place. Secondly, the best agent FOR YOU may not be the one with the top stats.
That article gave me a headache.

Dec 20, 2016 06:24 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

Straight to the point always works best

Dec 20, 2016 04:10 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Honesty is the best policy.

Dec 25, 2016 05:09 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

It is different for everyone

Dec 20, 2016 08:09 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Too broad.

Dec 20, 2016 03:40 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Alexa Collins - something to fire Real Estate Agent - not really will go!

Dec 20, 2016 03:03 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

not sure what the problem is.... just terminate the agent....  the agent will have another job before sundown.... 

Dec 20, 2016 01:05 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

The best way to approach anything is with dignity, honor and respect. Sometimes we have difficult messages to deliver.  We put on our big boys and girls pants and deliver the message like the adults we are. 

Dec 20, 2016 01:02 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Overall a decent article.  I think it makes "firing" an agent sound easier than it is.  The "I'm going to hire a lawyer" won't work, a contract is a contract.  I'd put a step 0 in there "Call your agent's broker and ask why he won't return your calls."


The "Agents who sell homes faster than other agents" stat is invalid because it is easily skewed by the house.  My listings sell very fast, usually in one week, two at the most.  Why?  Is it my marketing (yes, but not exclusively).  Why?  The houses I list are renovated to an amazing level.  I just sold one in 4 days for the highest price EVER ACHIEVED FOR THAT MODEL.  Why, it was rennovated, walls were added and removed and it looks better than most brand new homes.  Other homes in that area have been sitting for months because they are of inferior quality.


There are many more factors than stats alone can speak to.

Dec 20, 2016 12:02 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Sound I do not go to links in Q & A

Dec 20, 2016 11:39 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Charlotte, I think it's really important, whether it's a listing agreement or a buyer agency agreement, for there to be a clause that allows either party to terminate the contract.  I think it's a huge mistake to try to hang on to a listing when it's not working for both parties.  

And if you haven't had it happen, you'll appreciate this kind of clause the first time that you desperately want our of a listing, and the seller doesn't want to let you out!  

Also, I agree with Nina.  Including an article this long (I skimmed it only) in the Q&A may not be the best way to raise the issue.

Dec 20, 2016 09:01 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

As others have responded~

Dec 20, 2016 07:59 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

It's inevitable it'll happen and tough to survive if you take it all personally. I always wish my Sellers the best of luck whether they fire me or I must fire them. The odds of every customer agreeing with your methods is unrealistic although you must lay the groundwork at the onset to give it legs. Know that it's just business!

Dec 20, 2016 07:09 AM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Sorry but I'm with Nina Hollander on this - I never click through.

Dec 20, 2016 06:40 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I think if there is an issue it needs to be communicated and a chance to fix it given,. Most often it is the lack of communication. After that fire away

Dec 20, 2016 05:06 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thanks for the question.

Dec 20, 2016 04:37 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Harry F. D'Elia nailed this one!

Dec 20, 2016 04:19 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

If an agent truly isn't doing work they should be doing, then it's certainly time to fire that one/hire a new one.  As to selecting a new one, the best way is referrals and a face-to-face meeting with the person to see if they'll be a good fit. There can be a lot of details behind stats that are important as well.

Dec 20, 2016 03:51 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I'm not even going to check that link. I hope, none of us will get into the situation when they have to be fired. 

Dec 19, 2016 11:33 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I haven't read it, and the way to handle firing a client, or the agent, depends on the circumstances, who is involved, and what has led up to the need to fire. Sometimes it is a bad match between the parties!

Dec 19, 2016 08:09 PM
Carol Wilson
Your $imple Home - Toronto, ON

Lots of clients rely on the advice of the Realtor, right from the beginning. Your question focuses on what the buyer should do, but the Realtor can't change the buyer he or she has.  All the Realtor can do is take personal responsibility for providing the best possible service and giving no cause for complaint to clients.

Dec 19, 2016 08:03 PM
Toronto, ON

I don't visit unknown websites.

Dec 19, 2016 07:14 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

      A lot of the big companies (and some of the smaller ones) will not let you out of the listing contract without paying a fee.   I worked for one company, they charged 1% of the list price for cancellation.  Another company charged $1000.  You (the Seller) should read the listing contract BEFORE you sign it.   Otherwise, you may be locked in for 6 months, or have to pay $$$ to get out.

Dec 19, 2016 06:20 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Haven't read it.

Dec 19, 2016 05:43 PM