How to Fire Real Estate Agent (And How to Find A Good One)

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Written By Justin McGill

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If you’re thinking about how to fire real estate agent, you’re not alone. In fact, it’s a pretty common occurrence – and for good reason. After all, buying or selling a home is one of the most important (and stressful) things you’ll ever do in your life. So it only makes sense that you want to work with someone who has your best interests at heart and knows what they’re doing.

Unfortunately, not all real estate agents are created equal. And if you find yourself working with one who isn’t meeting your needs, it may be time to start looking for someone new. But how do you go about finding a good realtor? And what should you do if things go south with the one you have?

Here’s everything you need to know about how to fire real estate agent and hire a good one.

How to Fire Real Estate Agent

The most common complaint about real estate agents is their poor communication skills. Some blame this on the client for not communicating their preferred method of contact.

Some real estate agents believe that it is their job to ask the right questions to determine what their clients’ needs are.

If you’re working with a real estate agent who isn’t promptly responding to your voicemails, text messages, or emails, it might be time to fire them and hire someone else.

Before your agent starts making sales, you should let them know what your expectations are of them. You should also ask them whether they can meet your expectations.

Here are a few signs that it’s time to call it quits.

  • You both vehemently disagree and never see eye to eye.
  • You raise your voice when arguing.
  • You make unflattering comments about the other person.
  • Irrational thoughts are starting to cloud your judgment.
  • The other party keeps ignoring your requests.
  • You send their calls to voicemail.

Why You Should Fire Your Realtor

Ending relationships before they go sour is the best thing that you can do for yourself and other people.

If you’re unhappy with your real estate agent, it’s best to end the relationship before it becomes unproductive. Your whole real estate transaction will be affected by this negativity if you don’t.

If you’re an agent who is constantly angry with your client, it’s time to reevaluate the situation. You’re wasting time, energy, and money that could be used for more productive endeavors. It’s probably time to fire your client.

How to Fire a Realtor

If any of the following reasons resonate with you, it may be time to fire your realtor.

  • They are incompetent and unable to complete the transaction successfully.
  • They are unprofessional and unpleasant.
  • They lack experience buying or selling in a certain neighborhood.
  • They are unable to market your property effectively.
  • Their home listings are of poor quality.
  • They are poor communicators.
  • They lack negotiation skills.
  • They are unable to sell the home on time.

While firing your real estate agent is never fun, sometimes it’s necessary to part ways.

If you’re not happy with your real estate agent, it’s important to take action. The right realtor can make all the difference in a successful home buying or selling experience – so if you’re not happy with yours, it’s time to make a change.

If you’re not careful, the home buying and selling process can be a giant mess for you and your family. Make sure you have a seasoned team of professionals by your side to avoid any problems.

The real estate market is very competitive, making it easy for agents to come and go. This can make finding the right real estate agent difficult, as not all are experienced.

While real estate agents can usually easily sell a house, they may not necessarily know how to negotiate or properly handle the paperwork.

This is usually because the client doesn’t fully understand the mortgage regulations and their options.

A good realtor should be able not only to close deals but also to meet all of your specific individual needs. For example, if you need a realtor with particularly strong connections in a specific location, they should be able to provide that.

Or, if you’re in the market for a high-end home, you should hire a realtor who has experience selling luxury properties.

Unfortunately, if you end up hiring one that seems qualified, only to find out they don’t, it’s usually possible to cut ties (and do it with as little animosity as possible).

When it’s time to part ways with your realtor, it’s best to do so in a polite, professional manner. Avoid signing any contracts or agreements that could be considered an “employment contract”. Also, be respectful of your former agent or brokers.

When ending your relationship with your realtor, mutual agreement is the best way to do so.

Do not sign a contract unless the other side agrees to a release of liability. Ask them about cancellations and refunds in case of a dispute.

You should not threaten to cancel your service, that you will write a disparaging review, or that you will file a formal complaint. Such threats are unlikely to achieve the desired result.

If you want to terminate your contract, you should request a buyer agent termination letter. This terminates any verbal or written agreement between you and the realtor.

If you are an agency that wishes to cancel its agreement with a client, you may want to consider softening the blow to your former client. One way to do so is to suggest to the client that they may be better off with another agency that can better meet their specific needs.

If you don’t like your client, you can refer them to another agent for a commission.

Ask the agent to cancel the listing, but be aware that some agents may refuse to cancel an exclusive-right-to-sell contract due to a safety or protection clause.

  • If the listing agent won’t cancel their listing, you should call the broker and request that they contact their agents to cancel their listings for your property.
  • If the listing agent refuses to work with you, you should suggest to the realtor that you be assigned a different one. Most realtors will respect this request, but, if the request is refused, you may want to reconsider working with that company.
  • If all else fails, you can attempt to terminate your contract by hiring a real estate attorney. However, before doing so, you should notify the agent of your intent to do so. Giving such notification may be enough to secure you a release from your agreement.

How to Find a Good Realtor

Of course, by choosing a good realtor, you can avoid the awkward task of having to break up with your agent.

  • Ask for recommendations from friends, family, and neighbors.
  • Search for licensed real estate agents in your area.
  • Interview multiple candidates for the job.
  • Ask about their experience, marketing techniques, and contacts. Pay attention to their marketing techniques. t is extremely important for real estate agents to leverage the power of social media and other online platforms to connect with potential buyers.
  • Meet the realtor’s team.
  • Be wary of red flags such as unprofessionalism, lack of knowledge, and bad reviews.


If you’re not happy with your real estate agent, don’t be afraid to fire them. It’s your life and your home – you deserve to work with someone who makes you feel comfortable and confident. Use the tips above on how to fire real estate agent and how to find a good realtor. If things go south, don’t hesitate to start looking for someone new.

Justin McGill