Is my Estate Agent really doing all they can?

If your house has been on the market for a while, you might start to feel a slight bit of doubt in your mind that your Estate Agent is not working to their full potential. It's important that you look out for these signs as they can confirm whether or not your Agent choice was right.

Communication is key.

It's important that both yourself and your Estate Agent are communicating effectively. It's essential that you have a working relationship that means you feel as though you can contact your Agent at anytime and not feel uneasy.

It's important to note that if you feel that your questions are going unanswered or your calls are often not returned, this is a cause for concern. You as the client should feel as though you are the only person who matters to the Agent.

Lack of expertise.

Are you feeling like you are the one pushing things through? If you feel as though every call you make to your Agent is leaving you feeling more frustrated than enlightened, it could be time to think about looking at other Estate Agents. It's vital that your Agent is completing tasks on time, without the client having to chase constantly.

Offers little advice.

People who are confident in their role do not feel weary about offering sound advice to those who need help. If your Agent is not offering you advice and guidance in the transaction then something is not right. Your Agent should be taking the lead and offering their observations to help solve the problem of your home not selling.

What's next?

If you're thinking about switching agents, you need to ensure that you check a couple of things before doing so.

Firstly, read through your contract with your current agent as it could have a a tie in period or cancellation fee. If it is possible for you to end your contract, you may still have to pay some charges to the Estate Agent to cover costs, such as advertising, that the agent may have incurred. Once you are armed with the correct information, it will help you make your decision.