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10 Signs an Agent Is No Good at Selling Houses

The agent hasn't discussed the declining market prices up front.

If your house sits on the market for a few months, chances are, in a slow real estate market, it will sell for less than it would have when you first listed it.

A good real estate agent will be forthright about this fact in the beginning.

"If they demoralize you, it's a good sign," says Alan Sims, a forensic real estate appraiser and chief executive of the Center for Litigation and Consumer Real Estate Education. "If [the home] lingers on the market longer than three months, the owner needs a new analysis." Your agent should talk to you up front and throughout the sale process about where the market is and what you can do to help your home sell.