Sorry to hear of your problems. An exclusive right to sell would not just be your listing agent bringing buyers just so you are aware. Many sellers are under the impression that the listing agent has to bring buyers, other agents can as well so I am curious have you only had 4 showings in 14 months? Better question...is your home overpriced for your area? Has your real estate agent requested price reductions from you over the last 14 months? Something does not sound right here. Sometimes depending on what you agreed upon in a commission rate would depict what the agent's responsibilities will be regarding your home and should have been discussed in detail with you from the get go and on your first meeting with him. I am not stating that I think your agent is doing the right thing by any means, having a buyer show up at your home unescorted by an agent is just wrong on many levels in my opinion.
Typically a listing agreement is 6 months, then they ask you to extend, have a look at your original listing agreement paperwork and see when it expired, also if you extended the listing agreement there would be other forms you would have had to fill out with a new expiration date. If your listing agreement indeed has not expired you can request what is called an unconditional withdrawal. Call the broker of record in charge of the office and explain that you are unhappy and write a letter requesting the unconditional withdrawal.
If that doesn't work contact your real estate attorney and have him/her look over the agreement and they can advise you accordingly.
I wish you good luck Victoria.
With licensing requirements so low to be an agent, you want to get the best available. A good agent is invaluable, a so so agent can be a hinderence.
You need to either communicate your needs and the kind of service your agent will provide with him.... If you
do not see any improvement or changes, then you can just discuss with his broker/manager in his office to be re-assigned to another agent in the office...
Now open houses on the weekend may not bring you a buyer, but some lookers.... so not sure if that is something that would really help selling your home.... Internet marketing and advertising anywhere and everywhere will put your property out there for everyone and anyone to see.... But what will ultimately sell your home are several items a well staged home, a well prepared home, a well priced home, and a truly updated home and competitive asking price will sell faster than others and will get more attention....
So discuss the price and how it compares to other similar homes, if you doubt the expertise of your current agent or the new assigned agent, ask him or her to show you a few of those comparable homes similarly priced so you can see for yourself....
Price may just be the issue...... especially in the current market situations, we are in a buyers market in most if not all market areas!
Take care and good luck
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