It is against your code of ethics and DOS to fill in information after the fact..
They are correct in accusing you of unethical behavior and they can report you to the DOS.
Get some education and learn your profession. Ignorance is no excuse...you could be in HUGE trouble.
Put the listing date to whatever they say it should be..."the customer is always right..." and start learning your trade before you make us all look bad.
It's not legal to alter a contract without the intials of the party being affected- that this thought even occurred to you is just scary, frankly. Scarier still is that you'd imagine that these people are somehow bound by your own bad judgement- cut them loose, and hope that the only outcome is a seller relieved to have you out of the picture.
If they will continue at 3 Mos count your blessings and go overboard to do a great job.
You have already blown trust, I think (sorry) you need to go back to Selling 101
You might want to review NYS Real estate law..I've posted the link below..Here is an excerpt:
Â§175.12 Delivering duplicate original of instrument
A real estate broker shall immediately deliver a duplicate original of any instrument to any party or parties executing the same, where such instrument has been prepared by such broker or under his supervision and where such instrument relates to the employment of the broker or to any matters pertaining to the consummation of a lease, or the purchase, sale or exchange of real property or any other type of real estate transaction in which he may participate as a broker.
Are you the seller or the listing agent? I'm astonished that your broker and brokerage accepted a listing with no listing term! Are you a licensed real estate agent? I'm not an attorney and can't give you legal advice but not giving them a copy of their contract was unprofessional..You should be happy that they are willing to list it with you for 3 months! I would sincerely apologize and tell them that you made a mistake..(Did the 3 look like a 9 to you in your notes?? How did this all happen?) You might offer to cancel the listing and as others have suggested offer to have someone else in your office take over..Another thought is to have your broker speak to them directly..(A similar thing happened to me as an agent but in my case it was the broker who had me sign an agreement as to a trial period and training in which I was told I had to do part-time training classes for 3 weeks, I was made to sign paperwork while distracted, never given a copy and later told my training period was 3 months! When I got a copy the time period was filled in after the fact! ) Always get a copy of anything you sign as soon as you sign it or asap and if someone won't, just tear it up! (There are always Kinko's)The right way is to have duplicate contracts prepared in advance and later deliver copies of those signed copies too..Your broker is the one who ought to be handling this! You have to tell them about it because you could be jeopardizing everyone's livelihood and reputation in your real estate agency/brokerage
Anyway, since you decided to hide your identity and I can't blame you for doing so, you screwed up my friend.
Just so you know for future reference. A seller can cancel a contract with you at any time if they feel like you haven't done everything which you have promised or if they simply think your work for them was not satisfactory.
Standard agreements are for 6 months, instead of trying to push what you "THINK" happened, why wouldn't you bring up 6 months and meet somewhere in the middle with them?
There are many ways of going about this. How do you wait a month before even remembering to send them a copy?
Instead of causing any problems for your self, do as they ask or drop them as a client. Apologize as much as you can and hand them over to a professional broker in your own firm and have that broker pay you a referral fee if they ever make a sale.
Good Luck to you. Have a check list next time of steps you should be taking when taking a listing, this way nothing gets missed.
You can't even be serious asking if you can fill in whatever you want after they sign it. Are you kidding me?!?!?!
I think that you should let them cancel the contract until, well, forever. Or at least until you go through some intense real estate, morality, and common sence training.
There is a broker in charge(i hope) use them to teach you, or find someone who will train you as you go.
This is obviously a legal issue that needs to be refered to an attorney. From a non-legal perspective there seems to be several issues of concern going all the way back to leaving the listing period blank and not providing the customers with a copy of the agreement.
What does your broker say about this situation? There are clearly mistakes here....the issue, at this point, is identifying a course of action to resolve the problem.