Zillow Advice: Selling Process - what is the "proper" was to go about changing brokers? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/what-is-the-proper-was-to-go-about-changing-brokers/523390/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate Oh Gosh! It's terrible to ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/what-is-the-proper-was-to-go-about-changing-brokers/523390/ Oh Gosh! It's terrible to find out a friend is a lousy employee!! You will have to be direct and honest with your friend and let them know you are going to work with a different broker. Hopefully you will be able to salvage the friendship. Mon, 06 Jan 2014 17:46:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/what-is-the-proper-was-to-go-about-changing-brokers/523390/ 2014-01-06T17:46:00Z thanks for posting your question ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/what-is-the-proper-was-to-go-about-changing-brokers/523390/ thanks for posting your question on Zillow com and sorry for your troubles. first course of action would be to speak directly to your agent and see if he will let you out of the contract. If you are still in a contract your broker may let you switch agents within the brokerage. selecting an agent based on them being related to the client is the number one complaint out there among unhappy real estate buyers and sellers. when selecting an agent, one should not go by how many signs they have up in the neighborhood or if they're related. One should check on zillow.com for past client reviews then go from there. Good luck. Sun, 05 Jan 2014 23:31:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/what-is-the-proper-was-to-go-about-changing-brokers/523390/ 2014-01-05T23:31:00Z I don't know how you're going ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/what-is-the-proper-was-to-go-about-changing-brokers/523390/ I don't know how you're going to do this, 5035050.<br/><br/>Everybody else seems have disregarded the last part of your statement: you don't want any hard feelings.<br/><br/>Well, there are likely to be "hard feelings," and we shouldn't decide, for you, whether "business" is more important than "the relationship."<br/><br/>If maintaining the relationship is paramount, then I think you have to renew with the friend, but maybe take some initiative and leadership and make this person the agent you deserve. Get commitments on when you're going to talk next, and hold him to it. Insist in a marketing plan; work with him to devise one, if you must.<br/><br/>Relationships are a two-way street, and I understand that you might feel somewhat resentful in having to use the "family friend," but if you're going to use him, then you're going to have to adapt to him - he's not going to adapt to you.<br/><br/>All the best,<br/><br/> Sun, 05 Jan 2014 23:22:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/what-is-the-proper-was-to-go-about-changing-brokers/523390/ 2014-01-05T23:22:00Z Simply say "I'm do not wish ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/what-is-the-proper-was-to-go-about-changing-brokers/523390/ Simply say "I'm do not wish to renew our contract, thanks for your help".&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; If he asks why, tell him you are concerned about lack of marketing plan, slow communication, loss of key etc.<br/><br/>Then, moving forward realize there is a lot more to finding a good agent than finding a warm body with a license.&nbsp; Plan on interviewing your candidates carefully.&nbsp;&nbsp; <br/><br/>While reviews might be interesting, reviews can be easily scammed on places like Zillow and elsewhere.&nbsp; The number of reviews simply means the person reached out for reviews.&nbsp; I personally put more weight on talking to a former client.&nbsp; <br/><br/>So, how do you interview an agent?&nbsp;&nbsp; Each of us has different needs but start scratching together a list.<br/><br/>Before calling, look at their advertising of current listings.&nbsp;&nbsp; How do the photos look?&nbsp; Professional or out of focus with the toilet seat up on a filthy toilet?&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The verbiage?&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Where are they advertising?&nbsp;&nbsp; <br/><br/>Check and see if they post on Advice on Zillow or contribute to Trulia.&nbsp;&nbsp; Read their posts and evaluate their answers. <br/><br/>Communication.<br/>Marketing plan<br/>Resources <br/>Experience<br/>Respectful interactions<br/><br/><br/>When you've narrowed your list down, ask for a CMA and walk through it with the agent.&nbsp;&nbsp; Why are specific homes chosen?&nbsp;&nbsp; Do they make sense?<br/><br/>Throughout this conversation (both on the phone and in person) be listening for communication skills.&nbsp; Do they address the question you ask, or answer a question you didn't ask?&nbsp;&nbsp; Do they try to put words in your mouth? <br/><br/>&nbsp;Do they follow up with things they promised to give you after you meet?&nbsp; <br/><br/>The list can be much longer, but you are hiring someone and are going to pay them a lot of money for their skills leading to success.&nbsp;&nbsp; Do the right thing for you.<br/><br/> Sun, 05 Jan 2014 21:27:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/what-is-the-proper-was-to-go-about-changing-brokers/523390/ 2014-01-05T21:27:00Z I recommend listing the house ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/what-is-the-proper-was-to-go-about-changing-brokers/523390/ I recommend listing the house with another agent, after doing your diligence by interviewing at least 3 local real estate agents, and reading their reviews on Zillow and Trulia.and possibly Yelp (most real estate reviews are found on Zillow.com and Trulia.com. &nbsp;I recommend choosing the agent who has several (at least 10-20) positive reviews in the past year or two and who you feel the most comfortable with. &nbsp;Of course agents with negative reviews or minimal sales should not be considered.<br/><br/>After the property is listed for sale I would contactd the agent, thank them for their services but let them know that since the property didn't sell and you are going to try again with another agent. &nbsp;As a favor to them, I would also let them know that you think he's a nice person but were a little disappointed by their response time in returning calls and that you feel he could have done more to market the property.<br/><br/>[contact information deleted by Zillow moderator. Please see our Good Neighbor Policy for posting guidelines] Sun, 05 Jan 2014 20:56:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/what-is-the-proper-was-to-go-about-changing-brokers/523390/ 2014-01-05T20:56:00Z Because your contract is ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/what-is-the-proper-was-to-go-about-changing-brokers/523390/ <p>Because your contract is over you can change brokers anytime you want. I would suggest you sit down with him and explain your need to get the home sold. He should be able to understand your point of view. Make sure you interview a couple of agents so you know what they are going to do for you. You are hiring a person not a slick presentation, tell them what you expect from them. Good Luck.</p> Sun, 05 Jan 2014 20:00:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/what-is-the-proper-was-to-go-about-changing-brokers/523390/ 2014-01-05T20:00:00Z If your contract is over ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/what-is-the-proper-was-to-go-about-changing-brokers/523390/ If your contract is over (I would double check the date) then you technically can go list with another agent. As he is your friend I would be upfront and let him know you've listed your home again with another agent.&nbsp; Sun, 05 Jan 2014 19:49:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/what-is-the-proper-was-to-go-about-changing-brokers/523390/ 2014-01-05T19:49:00Z Just be honest and upfront ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/what-is-the-proper-was-to-go-about-changing-brokers/523390/ Just be honest and upfront with him, it's business nothing personal. Sun, 05 Jan 2014 18:43:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/what-is-the-proper-was-to-go-about-changing-brokers/523390/ 2014-01-05T18:43:00Z