However that would be the proper thing to do.
Realcomp allows for listings as rentals to be entered.
I am dissapointed that 3 Realtors answered your question without even asking if you are still under contract with a Realtor. Good job Missy, your answer was both correct and highly ethical. Hope to be able to do business with you in the future. Sam, when you are not under contract with the agent who has/had your house listed, then interview agents to get several opinions about the best solution for your situation.
There are alot of leases / houses out in the market at this time as I am sure you are aware. In this market, the bottom line is that price is the name of the game. I believe that web marketing is crucial. The more photos, text and websites the better. However, all the hits in the world won't sell a house that is not competitively priced. Buyers ask for the moon these days and usually get it. My partner and I deal with relocation companies all the time. We are "A" rated Max Broock Relocation agents. We're happy to help. 248-931-9234
And I (respectfully) disagree with those who think the price is everything. We've had three offers and they all started heavily under the asking price, so that number is arbitrary--buyers will offer as little as they want and do not care about your price.
We negotiated back and forth till we agreed on a price. However, the banks have gotten so paranoid they have overcompensated for the loose standards and now hardly anyone can get approved. (Like it's our fault!)
We accepted two offers in the last quarter and both fell thru due to lack of financing! Agonizingly frustrating, so we are looking to lease as well, if possible. Don't give up and definitely talk to your agent or switch if you're not happy! Best of success.
However, in today's tech-savvy market, I could see only two functions of a listing agent. (1) List the house with MLS (which probably any body can do) (2) Open the door and show the home if some buyer is coming without an agent. Some help from the listing agent might come handy during the time of closing.
Hence my judgement is that a listing agent has hardly any role to generate buyers-traffic to a listed home. As someone pointed out in this post, pricing is the most important factor to generate traffic, especially in a down market. Talk to your realtor on the price-point, she might not be assessing it right too.
Honesty is always the best policy and communication is always important. If you're still under contract with your existing Realtor I'd suggest you speak frankly with them, pointing out your concerns. I'd be direct about what your Realtor be doing to generate activity on your property and what they feel you may need to do from your perspective, including reducing the price.
If your listing has expired or you've been released from your existing contract then I would make sure that you were clear with your next Realtor about your expectations - both for their efforts and for the expected result. Contact me directly for more information if you are no longer under contract.
I suggest that you ask a couple of REaltors for an evaluation of your property, including potential sales price, potential rental income, and also a market analysis for both rental and sale.
There are pros and cons. Just based on your post I don't know if I would recommend a short term lease if your plan is to put it back on the market in six months. Markets tend to take more than six months to shift. If your plan is flexible, you might also check with your CPA on the impact of renting on your tax picture. We had to rent when we could not sell and ended up keeping the property for a rental for 18 years. It was a great expierienc.