Zillow Advice: Buying Process - First time Home Buyer, is it time to switch agents? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/First-time-Home-Buyer-is-it-time-to-switch-agents/422110/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate First time home buyers expectations ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/First-time-Home-Buyer-is-it-time-to-switch-agents/422110/ First time home buyers expectations are sometimes very high, try having a conversation with your current agent maybe it's something you can work out. Trusting your agent is always priority. Fri, 18 Nov 2011 03:28:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/First-time-Home-Buyer-is-it-time-to-switch-agents/422110/ 2011-11-18T03:28:00Z If&nbsp; the realtor relationship ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/First-time-Home-Buyer-is-it-time-to-switch-agents/422110/ If&nbsp; the <a href="http://www.zillow.com/directory/real-estate-agents/">realtor</a> relationship is not feeling right for you then it is time to find another realtor you can work with and who will work in your best inteerests.&nbsp; There are many to choose from and there is a difference. We are not all the same. Trust your gut. Good luck Fri, 18 Nov 2011 03:04:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/First-time-Home-Buyer-is-it-time-to-switch-agents/422110/ 2011-11-18T03:04:00Z &nbsp; If you've tried working ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/First-time-Home-Buyer-is-it-time-to-switch-agents/422110/ &nbsp; If you've tried working with your agent for a while and you're still not happy, you need to switch.&nbsp; Your agent is providing a service and if you have talked to&nbsp;him/her about it and still no change, maybe you should move on.&nbsp; There lots of wonderful, dedicated agents out there who would love to help you! Fri, 11 Nov 2011 13:42:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/First-time-Home-Buyer-is-it-time-to-switch-agents/422110/ 2011-11-11T13:42:00Z The agent needs to meet your ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/First-time-Home-Buyer-is-it-time-to-switch-agents/422110/ The agent needs to meet your needs. If they are not meeting your needs then you should probably switch. I don't know the agent's side of the story, but in all honesty, it doesn't really matter. Your agent may very well be a great agent but if he/she is not meeting your needs then they are not a great agent for you personally. Thu, 10 Nov 2011 00:10:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/First-time-Home-Buyer-is-it-time-to-switch-agents/422110/ 2011-11-10T00:10:00Z Ask her to give you a collegue ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/First-time-Home-Buyer-is-it-time-to-switch-agents/422110/ Ask her to give you a collegue to work with if she is not available and for sure, tell her about your disappointment in her availability.Remind her the reason she is in this business is not to take classes but to serve the a clients <a href="http://www.zillow.com">real estate</a> needs in a timely manner. Wed, 09 Nov 2011 13:33:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/First-time-Home-Buyer-is-it-time-to-switch-agents/422110/ 2011-11-09T13:33:00Z Well said Ryan. I could not ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/First-time-Home-Buyer-is-it-time-to-switch-agents/422110/ Well said Ryan. I could not have said it any better. <br/><br/>Emceer, It sounds like your agent is doing a good job and you guys just need to hash it out over coffee or something. Please keep in mind that your <a href="http://www.zillow.com/directory/real-estate-agents/">Realtor</a> may have a family, other commitments, other appointments etc. We all try to be as available as we can. But we do also have a life outside of <a href="http://www.zillow.com">real estate</a>. I'm the father of 4 beautiful kids and a wonderful wife. If at all possible, I try to spend my evenings with them. I would hate to think someone thought I was unprofessional because I do my best to be a good husband and dad. Just something to think about. Good luck to you.<br/><br/>Nathan Wed, 09 Nov 2011 13:25:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/First-time-Home-Buyer-is-it-time-to-switch-agents/422110/ 2011-11-09T13:25:00Z emceer - What you're describing ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/First-time-Home-Buyer-is-it-time-to-switch-agents/422110/ emceer - What you're describing is very common.&nbsp; Everybody is looking for short sales, so you need to be able to act quickly.&nbsp; I wouldn't necessarily put the blame on your agent.&nbsp; When I have very active buyers, such as yourselves, we speak on a daily basis and go over properties if anything has come up.&nbsp; Sometimes my buyers see a property first and sometimes I do.&nbsp; It's not a competition...it's about teamwork and communication.<br/><br/>You may have to understand that your agent may be working with multiple buyers.&nbsp; Where you as a buyer have so much access to information now, the agent's role has shifted from finding the home to providing great information on pricing, local trends, and negotiating.&nbsp; What I've seen as a trend lately is that buyers may feel there's a secret inventory of homes out there that only <a href="http://www.zillow.com/directory/real-estate-agents/">Realtors</a> know about.&nbsp; You have access to the same information we do now, which is great.&nbsp; I have been able to find homes for my clients that haven't come on the market yet by having good relationships with other local Realtors...yet that's not the norm.<br/><br/>What may be the case here is that you're frustrated that you're losing out on short sale properties...and that may not be your agent's fault.&nbsp; The competition for those properties is fierce because the assumption is that it's a great deal.&nbsp; That's not always the case!<br/><br/>In the end this sounds like a breakdown in communication.&nbsp; Your agent can't fix what she doesn't know is broken, in your opinion.&nbsp; Give her a call or grab a cup of coffee and talk it out.&nbsp; It sounds like you have a good relationship with her.&nbsp; Sounds like a difference in reality versus expectations.&nbsp; Define the expectations for both you and your agent and you may be surprised how it turns out.&nbsp; If that doesn't bring about a change where you feel it's working for you, then it may be time to interview another agent.<br/><br/>Good Luck,<br/>/rc Wed, 09 Nov 2011 03:13:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/First-time-Home-Buyer-is-it-time-to-switch-agents/422110/ 2011-11-09T03:13:00Z I posted on your other thread. ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/First-time-Home-Buyer-is-it-time-to-switch-agents/422110/ I posted on your other thread. I think your biggest issue is getting whomped by cash buyers, which neither you nor your agent is likely to be able to conquer.<br/><br/>A tip I didn't give on the other thread...you might want to look at estate sales. They&nbsp;are often&nbsp;lower priced than market, especially for anyone who wants to close quickly, but tend to draw less frantic buyers than short sales right now. The "deals" may or may not be as "good" as a short-sale on sheer dollar value - they may preserve your sanity and be an easier process.<br/><br/>A short sale is a challenging transaction for a first time buyer. Tue, 08 Nov 2011 18:51:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/First-time-Home-Buyer-is-it-time-to-switch-agents/422110/ 2011-11-08T18:51:00Z You should be able to get ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/First-time-Home-Buyer-is-it-time-to-switch-agents/422110/ You should be able to get a hold of your agent in a reasonable time. With the competition on short sales and REO's you are right when you say that you have to be ready to go. I would talk to your agent before you make a move. Tell them how you feel. You said that you get along well and it sounds to me like it is more about staying on top of things in this case than her inexperience. Your agent is not in control of the quick moving market so you can't blame her for that.<br/><br/>There is nothing that you can do to put your offer ahead of a cash buyer, but you can have an agent that is on and in touch so you can lock up a house. I would lay it out to her and make sure that she knows that you want her to be scouting houses everyday and not just sending you a pat MLS list in a daily email. I would give her two weeks to make a the change. If it is more of the same, start interviewing other agents. Tue, 08 Nov 2011 18:47:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/First-time-Home-Buyer-is-it-time-to-switch-agents/422110/ 2011-11-08T18:47:00Z I'm a first time home buyer ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/First-time-Home-Buyer-is-it-time-to-switch-agents/422110/ I'm a <a href="http://www.zillow.com/learnmore/what-zillow-offers-buyers.htm">first time home buyer</a> and we found an Agent in my area, this was important as it makes it easier when it comes to availability when we want to see a house. We met our agent, and she seems very young. I don't think she's been a <a href="http://www.zillow.com/directory/real-estate-agents/">realtor</a> that long although she's worked in the biz for a while. We seem to get along very well, her communication is top notch and she text's us and responds at all hours of the day and night. However, her knowledge we feel may be lacking and her experience in working with short sales me lack as well. My area is all short sales, and not too much on the market. When it becomes available we need to see it the same day, as offers are on the table within 24 hours of the home being listed. Being that my fianc&eacute;e' and I work and have a small baby, the only time we can view a home is around 6:00 and weekends. Lately, every week she's had some kind of class or clinic to go to which then delays our search for a few days and by the time we can look the house has a contract. If we really like a home we put an offer on the table sight unseen, and then view the property hours later. The past 5 homes we put offers on we've been either outbid, the offer was submitted too late, and cash buyers. So far we've had no luck and we almost feel like in some of the situations we've either been mi-led on the offer price we should give, or too slow to view the house. We've also asked for another agent in the office to show us one property while she was out and no luck. I'm also finding new properties listed online before we even get the realtor alerts, and then she tells us thanks and adds the new properties to her email alerts. Sometimes I feel as though we're doing more work. We've only been at this a month but I'm afraid this will be a continuing trend where we are a day late and a dollar short. Am I over-reacting? Should I give this another month? What kind of availability should an agent have for their customers? Tue, 08 Nov 2011 18:43:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/First-time-Home-Buyer-is-it-time-to-switch-agents/422110/ 2011-11-08T18:43:00Z