Disappointed with our realtor
I am really disappointed with the job our realtor has done. I'm not sure what to think, but I would appreciate any opinions that any of you might have.
Since the realtor who sold us our home had moved, we needed to find a new one. Four months ago, we interviewed several local realtors. We weren't really impressed with any of them. They either seemed unprepared, sloppy, or chronically late.
We finally settled on one, even though the smell of nicotine on this lady almost made my wife leave the room. At least she appeared to be prepared.
Well, that was about 15 weeks ago. It took her 3 weeks to get the "For Sale" sign up in the yard. It took 8 weeks to get the "arrow" signs up on nearby roads so people could find the house. Not to worry though, since only 1 buyer has come to look, and they were brought by a different company.
Neither she, nor any realtor from her office has brought a single client out to see our home. She has contacted us only 3 times, by email, to tell us she is "advertising our home". It turns out that the advertising is with a free magazine that her company puts out. No newspapers, or anything else.
One thing that really upset us was that she never even contacted the realtor who did bring a client through to get any feedback... We are here months later and have no idea how our house was viewed.
Something that is really annoying, and has my wife furious, is that this lady wanted quite a few things changed when she first came out to list the house. Just an example - At her urging, a lot of pictures, cabinets and decorative pieces were removed. My wife is absolutely convinced that the home now looks much worse than if it had been left as it was. Her friends all agree with her on that, saying it looks like a "rental unit" now.
In the past two months, we've had a bathroom repainted and retiled at a friend's suggestion. We've also done some landscaping upgrades. We had already priced our home below the lower end of her estimates to start with. So I feel like we are holding up our end trying to make the place as easy as possible to sell.
In the meantime, I asked our realtor two weeks ago to let me know what she was doing to try and sell our home. Aside from telling me she would "speak to other realtors", she has not come up with any ideas.
This isn't the first time we've sold a home, and we remember our previous realtors as being a lot more active and in touch. I realize that this is a tougher market than we are used to, but it seems like thst means that a realtor should be trying harder, not less. My wife wanted to fire her last month, because she says for an $11,000 commission she would like to see a little effort. She wants to go FSBO.
I have insisted on letting the realtor keep the listing the last few weeks until her contract runs out, even though we do have the right to drop her. I was hoping after the holidays she might get busy - but nothing.
Since none of the other realtors seemed any more impressive, I am wondering whether to try a different realtor? Go FSBO? Possibly go FSBO and lower the price?
I really don't feel like we have any idea what to do, since this realtor has brought us so few leads. Any thoughts would be appreciated.