By Ray Kutylo Signal Contributing Writer One of my latest calls was from a seller whose house was not getting shown, and she said she really wanted to sell soon. Since it was an active listing, there were ethical constraints on just how much I could advise or help her at this time, but I subsequently read a great article that goes to the heart of the matter. In brief, the article noted nine signs that you picked a bad real estate agent to sell your house. They are: the pricing of your home is way off, either high or low; the internet marketing is terrible; the photography was horrible – clearly the agent used a camera phone; the agent insists on being at every showing; there’s been no communication; the agent centers marketing efforts around the open house; the agent strongly advocates and practices dual agency; the agent tells you that he or she won’t be attending the home inspection; or you discover that your agent is paying the buyer’s agent less commission than your competition is paying. Picking the right real estate agent is crucial for your success, which broadly speaking, is getting you the highest price the market will bear, with the fewest problems, and within the timeline you want. Most of the Realtors in our local market are fine people where even a post and pray agent has had success. However, the market is shifting. Rising interest rates and a jittery stock market increase uncertainty about the future and tend to soften the real estate market. Putting a true professional in your corner will ensure the job gets done and done right. Follow “Ray the Realtor” page on Facebook or my tweets on Twitter. Call Ray at 661-312-9461 for more information. Ray the Realtor Kutylo is a California licensed Realtor with Keller Williams VIP Properties. CA DRE #00918855. MLS Disclaimer Based on information from the Southland Regional Association of REALTORS®/Multiple Listing Service for the week ending on 10/12/18. All data, including all measurements and calculations of area, is obtained from various sources and has not been, and will not be, verified by broker or MLS. All information should be independently reviewed and verified for accuracy. Properties may or may not be listed by the office/agent presenting the information.