Firing Your Real Estate Agent

Firing Your Real Estate AgentSometimes it happens. The real estate agent you have selected is not performing up to par and you feel that your account could be handled better by someone else. What are you to do? Do you settle with the agent you signed up with or do you have the guts to do what needs to be done? How do you go about firing your real estate agent?

Don’t be afraid to consider firing your agent if you are very dissatisfied with your agent’s performance and have a valid reason for ending your professional relationship. The key words here are “valid reason”. If your reason for firing your agent is because another agent has promised you better services then your reason will not hold up in court. Your attitude would be deemed immature and highly unethical.

If, on the other hand, your reasons include personality conflicts or a proven inability to perform the activities specified in your agreement, then by all means, put an end to your professional relationship.

The first step to firing your real estate agent is to request for a discussion with him. It is important that both sides are aired out before you can both move on to more drastic measures. If the problem cannot be remedied by a dialogue, then it may be best that you both go your separate ways. You needn’t tell him outright that “You’re Fired!” You can simply say that it appears that your professional relationship is not working and that it would be better if you were to work with someone whose personality matched yours. If you can back up that claim with facts, and you approach the matter sensibly and tactfully, there shouldn’t be any hard feelings in the end.

When all this is done, you can request your real estate agent to terminate your existing contract with them. In case he refuses or if this is beyond his jurisdiction, you can bring up your request to the Real Estate Agency your agent represents. Real Estate Agencies should have the power to terminate contracts between their agents and their clients. You may, however, have to shell out a termination charge. Provisions for these should be specified in the contract you have signed with them.